Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s plan to bring $2 gas and more energy independence to America led to her recent statement about looking for more energy in the U.S, “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.”
Fellow Republican member of Congress Allen West, of Florida, says: Not so fast on that Everglades business.
West, also a Tea Party favorite, wrote a letter to Bachmann, says The Hill:
“I understand you may not fully understand the importance of the Everglades,” West wrote, before going on to detail the history and environmental characteristics of the subtropical wetlands.
“…The Everglades represents one of the most cherished treasures of the United States, and should be off limits for exploration of any kind of natural energy resource.”
The story notes, though, that Bachmann hedged her Everglades statement, a bit:
“Of course, it needs to be done responsibly,” Bachmann had said. “If we can’t responsibly access energy in the Everglades, then we shouldn’t do it.”
West didn’t mention that in his letter.