Michele Bachmann has found herself in the middle of a public disagreement with other Tea Party members in a case of NIMBY – ‘Not In My Back Yard.’
Last week, Michele Bachmann during a campaign appearance suggested a possible solution to energy independence might be to drill for oil in the Florida Everglades:
“The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent upon American resourcefulness. 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,” Bachmann said.
Both of the Florida Republicans running to defeat Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012 adamantly oppose energy exploration in the national park. So does Florida Rep. Allen West, a member of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus, which Bachmann founded.
“There is no current plan to drill in the Everglades and nor should there be,” former Florida Rep. Adam Hasner said when asked about Bachmann’s proposal. Hasner is currently running against former Sen. George LeMieux for the Republican nomination to unseat Nelson. LeMieux also opposes drilling in the park, his campaign spokesman said. Both Hasner and LeMieux support energy exploration off-shore.
At a town hall meeting in Palm Beach Gardens this week, West said that Bachmann had made “an incredible faux pas,” when she voiced support for energy exploration in the park.