What the hell sort of strange Pandora's box did Michele Bachmann reopen by suggesting she'd support drilling for oil in the Everglades. Now, Governor Rick Scott is dipping into the Tea Party's hive mind, and has said he's support some drilling for oil in the Everglades as well. Its ludicrous we're even having this discussion, because according to estimates from the Bush administration, there's only enough oil in and around the Everglades they had identified as potential drilling sites to satiate the United States' oil consumption for just two days.
According to Naked Politics, Scott made the remarks to the Economics Club of Florida. Though Scott isn't putting his gold star of approval on any new plans, he suggests he'd be open to more oil drilling in Florida if we were "cautious."
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"There's a road in Naples called 'Oil Well Road.' So, we already have oil drilling,'' the Governor said. "We've done it since I think 1943. I think first off people are very shocked that we have it already. They don't know that. I think we have to be very cautious on any oil drilling, whether it's already in the state, or in our beaches, or in the Gulf because we aren't going to ruin our environment.
"With regard to the Everglades, I think we have to be very cautious if there's going to be any more drilling. It's my understanding, we haven't had any problems to date so my goal would be to be very cautious.