‘All bets are off’ for oil drilling off Florida, Crist saysby Dara Kam | May 3rd, 2010
Oil drilling off the Florida coast is dead for now because of the massive oil leak spreading in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Charlie Crist said, renewing his call for clean energy sources.
“This is the resurrection of the clean energy argument. Without a doubt in my view.
You’ve got to have solar. We’ve got to move more rapidly to develop wind, nuclear as well. If this does not make the case that we’ve got to have energy resources that are clean that don’t destruct our environment I don’t know what is. I mean, it’s exactly that,” Crist told reporters after a noon briefing at state emergency operations headquarters.
The newly-independent governor and U.S. Senate candidate called the timing of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion “pretty extraordinary” given that some GOP leaders, including future House Speaker Dean Cannon and future Senate President Mike Haridopolos, were pushing for offshore drilling throughout the legislative session that ended Friday.
“I’ve always said that as long as it was far enough, clean enough and safe enough, that it would be something that I would be willing to look at. This is not far enough. This is not safe enough. It sure as heck isn’t clean enough. I mean, it’s just not good enough, period,” Crist said.
“So given that, I think all bets are off. We’ve got to cease and desist as it relates to this and we’ve got to further renew our commitment to solar and wind and nuclear and other forms of clean energy and natural gas too. We’ve got a lot of that. It’s a lot cleaner than this stuff.”
Lawmakers failed to approve a renewable energy package during the session, and Crist said he may call them back into a special session to deal with the issue or add it to a special session on another topic.
“Absolutely,” he said.