It’s a rare sight to see Florida Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) and Allen West (R) agree on anything. The two Representatives have had nothing short of contentious relationship, often feuding publicly.
Yet both find Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachman’s recent comment that she would consider drilling for oil in the Everglades—one of the most pristine ecosystems in the Nation—as flat out “irresponsible.” On Sunday, during a campaign stop in the state, Bachmann told the Associated Press, “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.”
On Monday Representative Wasserman Schultz denounced the idea of drilling in the Everglades as “unthinkable, reckless, and irresponsible." “The Everglades isn’t just a national treasure and habitat for many endangered species, it’s also Florida’s main source of drinking and farming water, is a safeguard against flooding that threatens our state during hurricane season and is vitally important to our state’s tourism industry," Wasserman Schultz said.
On Tuesday, Representative West echoed Schulz’s sentiments stating that Bachmann’s comments were a “horrible thing to say.” “The Everglades is one of the natural wonders of the world," West continued. "That's an incredible ecosystem and it's a wetland that is natural and pristine and that's something we have to preserve for our future generations."
The rare moment of bipartisan agreement between West and Wasserman Schultz just goes to show that protecting the environment is a much less contentious issue than Bachmann would assume.