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TPM: Charlie Crist emerges as high-profile foe of drilling

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From Talking Points Memo: Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL), who left the Republican Party a month and a half ago to run for Senate as an independent, is becoming one of the most vocal opponents of offshore drilling since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig was destroyed in April, which led to an oil spill that has been characterized as one of the biggest environmental disasters in American history.

Most recently, he appeared on Face The Nation and spoke up for a temporary ban on offshore drilling. “I dare say that, you know, we need this moratorium. Look, if this spew in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico doesn’t tell us that we need to be more cautious and more careful about doing this in the future, I don’t know what else would,” said Crist.

“I mean, you know, we don’t have these rigs off the Florida coast. We are suffering from the one off the Louisiana coast and it troubles me greatly that that’s occurring. That’s why I think this is the greatest wake-up call ever that we need to go to alternative fuel. We need to have cre– cleaner fuel for our people. That’ll create greater independence and stop sending so much money over to the Middle East,” Crist continued. Continue reading here.

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