Following what even Republicans have called an “incredible faux pas” by presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, recent comments made by Gov. Rick Scott are sure to raise some eyebrows. Though many have chided Bachmann for her statement that the U.S. should consider expanded oil drilling in the Everglades, Scott is now saying he, too, would not be opposed to “cautious” oil drilling there.
“There’s a road in Naples called ‘Oil Well Road.’ So, we already have oil drilling,” he 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.”
Representatives from the Everglades Foundation have called the minute amount of drilling near the Everglades a “historic anomaly,” and have argued that the hundreds of NRA card-carrying hunters and fishermen who frequent the area would likely be opposed to the practice.
During a recent stint in Sarasota, Bachmann caught flack for remarking that the U.S. needs to be more dependent upon “American resourcefulness … whether that is in the Everglades, or whether that is in the eastern Gulf region.” Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, called the comment an “incredible faux pas.”