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Herald/Times Video: Charlie Crist cools on global warming



Gov. Charlie Crist is cooling to global warming.

Under mounting criticism from fellow Republicans, Crist looks ready to cancel his climate-change summit and is backing away from advocating a ``cap-and-trade'' energy policy. At his well-publicized climate summit last summer, Crist pushed a number of energy plans to encourage renewable energy development and establish a cap-and-trade market that would penalize fossil-fuel use.

But Crist's plans were shredded by the Republican Legislature and his cap-and-trade proposal has been bashed as a ``tax'' by his Republican U.S. Senate opponent, Marco Rubio, who has been ardently courting the GOP's conservative wing.

``Well, it may be [a tax]. That may be accurate,'' Crist, who recently signed an anti-tax pledge, said Thursday. He would not say whether he stills backs his own plan or similar versions in Congress.

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-- Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:56pm]


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