May 11th, 2010
03:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Crist wants special session, amendment to ban offshore drilling

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he wants a special session of the state Legislature to put before voters a constitutional amendment that would bar oil drilling in state waters.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he wants a special session of the state Legislature to put before voters a constitutional amendment that would bar oil drilling in state waters.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday he wants a special session of the state Legislature to put before voters a constitutional amendment that would bar oil drilling in state waters.

No oil exploration is currently under way off Florida, but top Republicans in the state House and Senate have called for the state to allow drilling in its coastal waters. And Crist, who once supported offshore drilling, said there was "no stronger place" to put that ban than in the state constitution.

"It's appropriate for the people to have the opportunity to make this call," Crist told reporters. A constitutional amendment would require 60 percent approval to pass, "which I think is appropriate, too," he said.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, is running for the U.S. Senate in November. He reversed his position on offshore drilling after the April sinking of an oil rig unleashed an undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico.

A special session could be held in late May or early June, the governor's office said.

– CNN's Rich Phillips contributed to this report.


Filed under: Charlie Crist • Energy • Florida
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Walter, Long Beach

    Charlie,

    Why don't you give up the pretense and just move to the Democratic Party. It has plenty of room for fiscal conservatives, at least the ones who don't drag their knuckles on the ground trying to walk upright.

    May 11, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. ATL Guy

    So, whatever happened to that Drill Baby Drilly thingy?

    May 11, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    Hey Gov. Crist do you think you can get one of those thingys passed up here in North Carolina too. I love sea food and love fishing. Fish are slippery enough now to try to hold on to. We don't need oil to make them more slippery.

    May 11, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Just make sure you support reducing U.S. oil consumption accordingly.
    You can't have it both ways – driving around in 5 mpg SUV gas hogs while our domestic supply dwindles.

    May 11, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. REG in AZ

    Late in the Clinton administration there were Democratic legislators, motivated to increase home owning opportunities, who supported extending mortgages to less than perfect credit borrowers and now there are those who want to blame that and the sub-prime mortgages for all of the problems. It was very prevalent in the past that lenders would hold mortgages for full term and they then had to be more concerned about the risk but today, with derivatives, mortgages are repackaged and resold and actually end up with investors on the hook who can’t even know the quality. And then the original lender just returns to aggressively selling more without risk and actually it got to the point where practically anyone could qualify and everyone involved, except maybe the final investor, was making great profit. That is the perfect example of something comparable to an illegal ‘pyramid scheme’ and that then is where the real problem exists. Without oversight, strong regulation and strict enforcement run away greed, self-indulgence and gross dishonesty take over and the result is what we have experienced. The lesson we need to have learned is to not allow anyone to rationalize differently and demand powerful oversight, strong regulation and strict enforcement so that government doesn’t continue to placate and patronize Special Interests and the very few while they just stick it to the majority. Calling it an ‘open market’ really doesn’t prevent or ease the pain.

    May 11, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "...to put before voters ..."
    -------------------------------–

    This man, Crist, should've NEVER been a Republican in the first place! Imagine that, putting the matter up to a vote BEFORE VOTERS. As in voters DECIDING what they want to see happen in their state. That is NOT the RethugliKKKlan way. They only care about what is good for them PERSONALLY and screw the voters.

    Crist, welcome to the fold. While I consider myself a Democrat I vote for the PERSON not THE PARTY. If I were a Floridian you'd have my vote in a heartbeat.

    May 11, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. nini

    Florida please vote this guy out.
    Did Cris just wake up and was informed of the risks involved with offshore drilling? NO
    He is just another opportunistic Politician that changes with polls and he is not principal.

    We all new the risk involved but it is necessary to sustain our economy until we find another source that is effective like OIL.

    Drill baby Drill and drill NOW.

    May 11, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. nini

    Florida please vote this guy out.
    Did Cris just wake up and was informed of the risks involved with offshore drilling? NO
    He is just another opportunistic Politician that changes with polls and he is not principal.

    We all knew the risk involved but it is necessary to sustain our economy until we find another source that is effective like OIL.

    Drill baby Drill and drill NOW.

    May 11, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Charlie playing to the environmentalists in Floirda. One special interest group after another in his flip flopping effort to win what he believes to be "his" Senate seat.

    Charlie, read our lips – it's the People's Senate seat.

    It's your lack of common sense and lack of moral courage that has landed you in your current mess. We are hopeful that you are defeated so your opportunistic political career will be OVER.

    May 11, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    Go get 'em Charlie. All the deluded neo-tards in the drill-baby-drill party will be up in arms over this! But now Charlie doesn't have to listen to them, since they ex-communicated him. Ex-communicated from the do-nothing party of 'no'.....play the lotto Charlie, your luck is riding high.

    May 11, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Crist just jump to the democrat party RINO

    May 11, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Darko

    He should have just skipped independent and turned democrat...

    May 11, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Duck Fallas

    I support drilling.

    your daughter.

    May 11, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  14. Bostonian-TheWoodlands,Texas

    I can't say I disagree withnh him. I know people will kill him as some tree-hugging left-wing activist.

    But, the moment something happens off the coast of Florida, and tar balls roll up on thiose pristine florida beaches, they'd kill him.

    I say ban it, and lets get on with green energy. It's all good until the sh*& hits the fan in YOUR backyard.

    May 11, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Ben

    Crist is a crass political opportunist who has no business in Washington. He's just pandering to the kook fringe left to get votes.

    May 11, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Felonious Monk

    I wish Texas had some forward thinking politicians such as this Crist...Texas should ban offshore drilling also.

    If they are ill prepared for an accident then they should not be allowed to play in the waters off the coast.

    Stuffing garbage in the well to try to plug the leak, who are they kidding?

    May 11, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. wayne

    I'm so glad Charlie went independent. Now he can tell the big fat conservative GOP elephant party to blow it out their ....

    May 11, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "He's just pandering to the kook fringe left to get votes."

    Right, because the "kook fringe left" is likely to vote for him instead of the Democrats' candidate. Do you conservatards even listen to the words that come out of your mouths or is it all just a game of trying to come up with what you think is the most damaging thing to say about Obama/Dems/liberals/etc. no matter how insane it sounds or unfounded and baseless it is?

    May 11, 2010 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. sifto77

    All these idiot politicians do–whether it be grilling Wall st or grilling Executives–is show their ignorance of anything other than trying to look like they are in charge. I am surprised that they enjoy looking like dummies on a regular basis.

    May 11, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    What a shame it took a catastrophe like this to open our eyes.Unfotunately for us we listened to ronald reagan and gave up quickly on the Jimmy Carter plan to reduce our dependence on oil. We will now pay the price for that stupid decision. The "I have a right" to drive a vehicle that gets 8 mpg has come home to roost. Enjoy folks, we were warned and even had a plan that was being worked out and put in place before reagan got his hands on it.

    May 11, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. susanj

    Drilling must be banned until these oil companies know how to fix a problem and fix it without thousands of gallons of oil gushing out and ruining our environment and our economy. Anyone who thinks that drilling should continue without this situation fixed are in my opinion STUPID. This is a nightmare and anyone who doesn't see it that way, is living in lala land.

    May 11, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Ancient Texan

    What became of principles, integrity, and ideals, Charlie?. Selling your soul for votes in the party of "ME". I had a much higher opinion of you. What happened?

    May 11, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. BeverlyNC

    Amen Charlie! It's time to stop these greedy, irresponsible oil companies who have no safety devices and no clue on how to clean up a spill from endangering our waters, coastlines, and whole ecological system. Oil companies are big corporate liars who will say anything and then do the opposite.

    They have bought the Republican Party. It's why you have not heard one single word of outrage or concern from any Republican Governor or Republican Senator from these Gulf Coast states. MS GOP governor even went so far to say this spill, now larger than the size of most states, is "not a catastrophe".

    BP is already lying and trying to duck responsibility and the Republican Party is standing strong behind them despite the destruction they have caused to the Gulf and its People.

    Shows again that Republicans stand with large abusive corporations every time and work against the People they are supposed to be serving. We need to rid our government of these do-nothing anti-American traitors come November.

    May 11, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    I agree with him completely even if it seems like more of a political move right now. I hope it's not. It's nice to think that he's working for the people who elected him instead of the party.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 11, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. Vic of New York

    The problem with the Sarah Palin "Drill baby drill" Conservatives, is that their own hypocritical contradictions is what has led us to this disaster - and chances are really good it will get worse.

    Conservatives by nature follow the Inca civilization predilect of depleting the land like Locus until eventually life becomes extinct.

    Doesn't matter what Republicans and Conservatives say by way of lip service the bottom line is – they are responsible for diluting the safety standards for oil drilling that led to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. They were responsible for diluting the financial regulation that led to the near collapse of the world economy. And they were responsible for the union busting the led to the Virginia coal mining disaster.

    These people are like the weeds in your garden. Unless you want that choked of too – it's best to route them out at every opportunity.

    May 11, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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