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Michele Bachmann: Abolish EPA, Drill for Oil in Florida Everglades

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is surely not making friends among the green set. Aside from her previously stated goal to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, now she wants to drill for oil in the Florida Everglades.

Speaking in Sarasota on Sunday, Bachmann said we must drill for oil wherever it might be.

"The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent upon American resourcefulness," she said, according to a report in the Daily Mail. "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."

Bachmann, though, said she doesn't want to be irresponsible about this.

"Of course it needs to be done responsibly. If we can't responsibly access energy in the Everglades then we shouldn't do it."

The federal government conveniently owns oil and gas drilling rights in the Everglades, courtesy of a $120 million purchase in 2002 at the urging of then-President Bush, that friend of the environment.

As far as her hatred of the EPA, Bachmann said its regulations "kill jobs" and that the agency doesn't really seem to care about that in these days of 9% unemployment.

Bachmann stresses that this doesn't mean she doesn't care about the environment.

"If we create a new department that is focused on conservation and get rid of the EPA, that would send a strong signal about what our priorities are. We believe in conservation, but I also believe at the same time that the EPA has overstepped its bounds."


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