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Bachmann would OK "safe" Everglades drilling, says Irene was act of God

by Adam Russett on August 29, 2011

In her ongoing quest for the office of the President of the United States, controversial candidate Michele Bachmann has once again shocked the media with a few rather surprising statements. During a speaking engagement in Florida on Sunday, Bachmann said she would be willing to drill for oil in the delicate ecosystem of the Everglades.

"The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent upon American resourcefulness," she said ruing the event, according to the Associated Press. "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. Of course it needs to be done responsibly. If we can't responsibly access energy in the Everglades then we shouldn't do it."

This is not the first time Bachamann has made controversial statements about the environment. According to the news source, the congresswoman has said she wants to do away with the Environmental Protection Agency, which she believes kills jobs.

In Sarasota, Florida, Bachmann also discussed Hurricane Irene. While lauding the tea party, a group of which she is often seen as a leader, the congresswoman said that the natural disaster was meant to be a wake-up call to politicians. according to Politico.

"I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of politiciatons. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?'" Bachmann said according to the news source. "Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending." 

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