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Tomorrow Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is expected to give up his bid for the Republican nomination for Senate and declare that he is running as an Independent. If he wins, and he's freed from having to adopt his party's choking orthodoxy, it will be interesting to see how Crist comes down on the crucial issue of climate action. Of course, first Crist will have to clear the hurdle of former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, who will almost assuredly win the Republican nomination.As of today, Rubio polls the best. A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted last week showed Rubio up in a three-way contest with 37 percent of the vote, followed by Crist at 30 percent and the likely Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, at 22 percent.
Another independently-minded Republican governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has championed scientifically-sound action on climate change, supporting AB32, the toughest climate an energy law in the country. Perhaps Crist could follow Schwarzenegger's lead and provide a crucial vote if he wins.
Unlike many Republicans, Crist is not a climate skeptic. In 2007, he signed an Executive Order mandating increased energy efficiency. Here is Crist is saying that climate change will endanger Florida's waterways, agriculture and coasts.