Charlie) Crist rethinking gulf drilling to hear that China, Cuba and Brazil are drilling in the Gulf not far from Florida. ....
Like many other Florida politicians, Gov. Charlie Crist has long criticized proposals to allow oil drilling off the state's gulf coast.
But with motorists paying $4 for a gallon of gas --- and Republican presidential candidate John McCain signaling he is open to more drilling --- Crist is rethinking his position.
Crist said today he thinks the state should study the possibility of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. He pointed to gasoline prices that have "gone through the roof'' and said Florida families are suffering.
"We have to be in tune with what's happening in our country,'' Crist said at the Capitol.
He said the state would have to look at a number of factors, such as whether beaches and the environment could be protected and where the drilling would take place.
McCain said this week he would support lifting a federal moratorium and allow states to decide whether to permit exploration. Crist said his new approach is unrelated to speculation that McCain is considering him as a vice-presidential nominee.