Bachmann draws supporters, hecklers in Naples stopby George Bennett | August 29th, 2011
NAPLES — Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann visited about 100 people at a cafe this morning and sparked a brief parking lot debate about energy and the environment when she told reporters she’s open to drilling in the Everglades if it can be shown it won’t cause “environmental degradation.”
As Bachmann spoke to reporters before boarding her campaign bus, a heckler shouted “No drilling in the Gulf, Michele” and another said “I support the EPA,” a reference to Bachmann’s frequent calls to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency. Some Bachmann supporters then chanted “Drill here, drill now.”Asked about Everglades drilling, Bachmann said, “The problem has been the federal government has locked up America’s energy resources. We can access these resources responsibly. That’s what we need to do. And the determination needs to be made: can we responsibly access these resources? If we can’t do it without causing environmental degradation, then we can’t unlock them in certain regions. But if we can do this responsibly, we should.”
Bachmann is now headed to Miami’s Little Havana for some campaign appearances this afternoon.