Republican Presidential Candidate Michele Bachmann recently claimed she could get gas prices below $2 per gallon. Aside from an attempt to cause a severe economic recession and thus a dramatic drop in global oil demand, most experts agree that goal is a completely unrealistic goal.
But we now have more clarity on the Bachmann plan: Drill for oil in the Everglades.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Bachmann said she would be willing to drill for oil in the Everglades, a 4,000 square mile series of sensitive wetlands off the coast of Florida that acts as a major watershed for the state.
“The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent on American resourcefulness. Whether that is in the Everglades or whether that is in the Eastern Gulf region or whether that is in North Dakota, we need to go where the energy is.”
She also conceded in the interview that “if we can’t responsibly access energy in the Everglades, then we shouldn’t do it.”
Bachmann has been critical of the Obama Administration for supposedly limiting oil and gas production. But the Wall Street Journal reported today that production is up 60% from last year. The U.S. oil industry is doing more drilling than it has since 1987.
According to a 2009 report from the Energy Information Administration, the most aggressive offshore drilling scenario in the U.S. would lower gas prices by three cents by 2030. But that apparently wouldn’t stop Bachmann from opening up the most sensitive environmental regions in the U.S. to drilling — threatening massive ecosystems and watersheds to attain a hollow campaign promise to lower gas prices below $2 a gallon.
So under a Bachmann Administration, would the Florida Everglades look like this?
JR: Of course, if we keep burning fossil fuels at the rate Bachmann wants, the Everglades will be underwater, so then wells there will just be more offshore drilling.