From ClimateWire:

Eli Lehrer, president of the conservative R Street Institute and an insurance expert, described Bush’s pursuit of a national backstop as the kind of populist promise made by many politicians, even though success is unlikely. Lehrer opposes the idea but defended Bush’s record overall.

“Of course you want that,” he said. “What governor of a state that’s a low-lying peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic wouldn’t want the federal government to pick up a fair portion of its insurance costs?”

…”The fundamental basics of Bush’s reforms were good insurance policy, environmentally conscious and free-market-oriented,” Lehrer said.

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