From NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) has recently come under fire for (now) supporting offshore oil drilling after McCain, whom Crist supports, called for allowing states to make individual decisions about drilling for oil in American waters.
While hosting the 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change today, Crist defended his decision.
"In fact, what we're talking about is a comprehensive approach to providing the resources and fuel that our people need and doing it in a way that is safe enough, far enough from our shore, and clean enough," Crist told reporters. "So I don't think there's any problem with that so long as those three tenets are met."
Earlier, during the opening speech of the summit, Crist called for a new energy future to begin in the sunshine state.
"We laid the foundation of our energy future last year; this year it is time to make it happen," Crist said in downtown Miami. "I truly believe that in investing in renewable and alternative technologies here in the sunshine state can propel us as a leader. We can become the green technology hub, the silicon valley of green, if you will. Florida can be known as the energy and green industry leaders in the world."
In speaking with the reporters, Crist used the purchasing of Everglades land as an example of what Florida is doing to achieve this status.
"And what we announced yesterday as it relates to the Everglades, I think, is one of the most exciting things that Florida has ever done in the environmental arena," Crist said. "This is such a treasure. The need for us to protect it and preserve it is first and foremost of this administration."