Right up front I want to say that I have always been for saving the environment. I grew up learning to appreciate the great outdoors and want to see my kids, grandkids and great grandkids be able to enjoy the same beauty that I’ve been able to experience over the years.
At the same time, I believe it’s time for America to tap into its vast oil supplies as soon as possible. I’ve read enough reports and studies to know that there is enough oil within our boundaries and off our shores to make America self-sufficient and no long reliable on oil from the Middle East and South America.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann already has a number of environmentalists up in arms with her comments of needing to open up the Everglades to oil drilling.
Somewhere there has to be a balance of being able to utilize our vast resources and still be environmentally friendly. However, from past experience, I don’t see many of the major environmentalists becoming open to such options.
I’ve had experience with a number of tree huggers in the past and many of them had no real idea about the science involved in proper management and control of the land, wildlife and resources. They were involved because it was a good cause to save mother earth. I’ve even seen them block good effective management programs because of some idealistic notion that they knew what was right, even though they really had no clue what they were doing.
I’ve got news for them: there is no mother earth. In Genesis 1, God created the earth and gave man dominion over it. That means that we are to study it, and be good stewards of it. I firmly believe that we can be good stewards of the earth and still utilize the resources and make America energy independent. America needs strong leadership who is willing to stand for the good of the nation and take on the tree huggers and open up the reserves and oil fields to help create jobs and free us from depending so much on others.