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Charlie Crist: Lifting oil drilling moratorium is mistake

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October

Gov. Charlie Crist on the Obama administration's plan to lift the ban on deepwater oil drilling:

"As long as Gulf Coast residents and businesses are struggling with the claims process and being made whole, the drilling moratorium should not be lifted. Without a thorough investigation of what exactly caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, any drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is a job killer for Florida, not a job creator.

"Even though oil spilled far from Florida’s shores, our tourism and seafood industries received an economic blow. We simply cannot afford another spill. Florida is a tourism state, not an oil state, and Floridians deserve to have the opportunity to choose whether we allow drilling off our beautiful beaches, by way of a constitutional amendment."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:46am]

    

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