Planet Gore

Charlie Crist 2.0: Let’s Fight Big Oil

Craig Crawford:

They surely deserve it but oil spillers now face something almost worse than an exploding rig: Ambitious politicians.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, eager to boost his newly-independent Senate candidacy, is among the most aggressive politicos targeting oil bosses. The ex-Republican, hardly a consistent player on drilling issues over the years, now plans to haul the state legislature into special session later this month to push for a constitutional ban on oil drilling in state waters. If that doesn’t work, look for Crist to consider trying to put the measure on the ballot in November as a get-out-the-vote tool.

In a pitch for marketing funds to lure tourists to state beaches, Crist wrote a letter asking for $34.75 million from BP, the company in the spotlight of the spill disaster. That might be a small price to pay if Big Oil wants to avoid a statewide ban on drilling, which voters would probably approve if given the chance.

In Washington, lawmakers grilled company executives in anticipation of what will likely be a wave of new regulations. And the White House rushed to offer a series of proposals for funding spill relief and taxing drill companies.

NRO Staff — Members of the National Review Online editorial and operational teams are included under the umbrella “NR Staff.”

Most Popular


Our Cultural Crisis: A Kirkian Response

Editors’ note: The following article is adapted from a speech the author delivered at the Heritage Foundation on March 14, 2018. Few would dispute that we are in the middle of a grave cultural crisis. A despairing conservative critic wrote: “We are on the road to cultural disaster.” He placed the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

An Enduring Error

Editor’s Note: The following piece originally appeared in City Journal. It is reprinted here with permission. Fifty-one years ago, in July 1967, in response to an explosion of rioting in poor black urban neighborhoods around the United States, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory ... Read More

Confirm Pompeo

What on earth are the Democrats doing? President Trump has nominated CIA director Mike Pompeo, eminently qualified by any reasonable standard, to be America’s 70th secretary of state. And yet the Senate Democrats, led by Chuck Schumer, have perverted the advice and consent clause of the Constitution into a ... Read More

The Mournful, Magnificent Sally Mann

‘Does the earth remember?" The infinitely gifted photographer Sally Mann asks this question in the catalogue of her great retrospective at the National Gallery in Washington. On view there is her series of Civil War battlefield landscapes, among the most ravishing works of art from the early 2000s. Once sites ... Read More

James Comey’s Inadvertent Admission

The good folks at the Republican National Committee awaken and realize that perhaps former FBI agents make more compelling critics of James Comey than, say, Maxine Waters. Yesterday afternoon brought the first excerpts of James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty, and we were expected to run around in ... Read More