State of the State Address

Charlie Crist

Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is asking Florida lawmakers for $70 million. That money will go to developing alternative fuels like ethanol and biodiesel. And while some alternative energy spending has been approved in the past, Crist says lawmakers have to spend more this year, tying recent hurricanes to rising temperatures.

CRIST: Florida is more vulnerable to rising ocean levels and violent weather patterns than any other state. Yet we have done little to address this problem or even acknowledge the problem exists.

Several key Republican state senators disagreed, saying the science on global warming is inconclusive. The request for alternative fuels spending comes at a time when state revenues are lower than previous years.

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