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Rubio criticizes Crist's climate change ideas



House Speaker Marco Rubio has an op-ed in Wednesday's Miami Herald in which he strongly takes issue with the environmental initiatives of his fellow Republican, Gov. Charlie Crist. Rubio calls Crist's ideas "government mandates" that "will not only fail to achieve their desired result, they carry actual negative consequences," such as higher utility costs.

Rubio cites an MIT study that estimated electricity rate hikes of 25 to 50 percent in coal-dependent states like Florida if Crist's emissions restrictions were to become law.

Rubio praises Crist for his willingness to spend political capital on the climate issue. But by criticizing Crist on an issue that has broad support, Rubio is spending his own capital, and surely will stoke speculation that he's once again positioning himself as the heir to the GOP's conservative base. Asked about the piece, Crist said: "I was encouraged by it. I'm glad that he recognizes that this is a big, bold initiative that we need to be focused on."      

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 12:54pm]


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