Florida Everglades – what kind of future for wildlife?

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The Everglades is a protected wilderness area in Florida; does it have a long future or will it be subject to oil and gas drilling? One candidate in Presidential Campaigning says "Yes" —
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann said Sunday that she would consider oil and natural gas drilling in the Everglades if it can be done without harming the environment.

Bachman said the United States needs to tap into all of its energy resources no matter where they exist if it can be done responsibly.

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during a Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, rally in Sarasota, Fla.
.“The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent upon American resourcefulness. Whether that is in the Everglades, or whether that is in the eastern Gulf region, or whether that’s in North Dakota, we need to go where the energy is,” she said. “Of course it needs to be done responsibly. If we can’t responsibly access energy in the Everglades then we shouldn’t do it.”

In 2002, the federal government at the urging of President George W. Bush bought back oil and gas drilling rights in the Everglades for 0 million. Bachmann, who wants to get rid of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, said she would rely on experts to determine whether drilling can be done without harming the environment.

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2 Responses to “Florida Everglades – what kind of future for wildlife?”

  1. Rebecca of Faraway Farm Says:

    no DRILLING ! keep this a protected area — hurricanes are a threat and it is part of America’s great wildlife and natural security area !

  2. Lawn Gnome Says:

    That is silly and irresponsible. The Pythons would eat up any one that tried to drill there. If not that then the Sugar Refineries would buy them out for dump rights.
    When any Republican actually does vote on any bill that is in the best interests of All The Peoples Land, then I will believe one of them, maybe.
    Until that day, drill baby, drill, on Sarah Palins property.
    Then we can all ask her how Russia looks through the pollution and derricks.
    That lady Bachman has them crazy eyes, when she can beat the Seminoles, sure, she can drill in her backyard, and strip mine, and make a lake that produces electricity.
    Eventually.