POINCIANA, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed Saturday that the United States has more fuel resources than any other country, but blamed what she termed “radical environmentalists” for bottling up American energy policy.

With untapped oil reserves in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and off the nation’s coasts, shale oil in Western states, and rich natural gas and coal deposits, she said the U.S. “is sitting on a mother lode of treasure.”

“The United States is the number one country in the world for energy resources,” the Minnesota congresswoman told a central Florida town hall meeting, arguing that in shale deposits alone the U.S. easily outstrips the total oil supply of Saudi Arabia. “That doesn’t even include … all the oil in Alaska.”

But Bachmann said environmentalists were preventing resources from being exploited, leaving the U.S. dependent on energy imports.

“Instead of thinking we are beggars out here begging for oil and for energy, we are the king daddy dogs when it comes to energy,” she said.

“The radical environmentalists have demanded that we lock up all our energy resources,” she added. “President Bachmann will take that key out of the door. I will unlock it.”

The crowd at the upscale retirement community cheered wildly.

And Bachmann got a similar reception when she promised to eliminate the “job killing” Environmental Protection Agency, saying that she would close the agency down in a single trip. “We will turn out the lights and we’ll lock the doors,” she said.

Bachmann is in the middle of a three-day swing through Florida. Later Saturday she addressed the Florida Family Policy Council, which led efforts to ban gay marriage in the state constitution and supports anti-abortion legislation. She praised the group’s work as she talked about discovering Jesus as a teenager.

“I wasn’t a bad girl. I didn’t drink, I didn’t smoke, I didn’t do drugs, I didn’t chase around with boys — it didn’t matter. I still didn’t know the Lord,” Bachmann said. Then she told a story about walking into an unlocked church at night with friends when she was 16. She said she and her friends cried and confessed their sins.

“At that moment I gave my heart to Jesus Christ,” Bachmann said. “I knelt beside my bed and I said, `Lord, I have no idea what just happened to me tonight. All I know is that I’m a completely different person.”‘

Bachmann said she would be returning often to the state. Florida could play a key role in determining which GOP candidate faces off against President Barack Obama.

The state hasn’t set a primary date yet.

But Florida officials hope to schedule it ahead of all but the four earliest voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (41)
  1. Xy says:

    You go girl.

    Finally, a presidentail candidate says what we all know.

    1. .... says:

      you’re joking right?

  2. Andy King says:

    God , she is so dumb *

  3. Mike says:

    She obviously has never spent one moment thinking what it would mean if the USA lost our environmental laws put into place to protect the people, which is fundamental to the Constitution. Without the EPA, we the people would be guinea pigs in the experiment called unregulated capitalism; unfettered collection of wealth at any cost.

  4. James2 says:

    Does anybody remember James Watt? Nuff said there.

  5. Mr. Exxon says:

    Drill, baby, drill!!

    Spill, baby, spill!!

  6. Elmo says:

    I lived in Alaska 25 years. She is correct, Alaska can’t get to the gas or oil because the East Coast lawmakers will not support drilling or the Greenies that feel development is evil. Alaska is huge, and the people of Alaska don’t want to destroy their State. But we do want the work, and help out the lower 48 States.

  7. Citizen says:

    Elmo, et al. So what happens when the U.S. uses up all its natural gas and oil reserves and still hasn’t developed energy independence (because there hasn’t been a need). The Middle East will still have energy reserves and now the U.S. will be held totally hostage to them. Can you say and spell blackmail? Coercion? Terrorism? Try to stretch your mind and think of being at the mercy of the Middle Eastern energy reserves and the U.S. without any.

    1. Waste says:

      Oh no!

      We better stop breathing too, what will we do when all the air is gone?

      Back in 85 my college professor, who was on the Carter energy commission, indicated we would be out of oil in the 90’s.

      Seriously, they are finding reserves all the time, cars are becoming more efficient, and what will be around for technology in 20 years? Look at the changes in the last twenty.

      But noooooo, environmentalists and libs think we will never change unless forced, hogwash.

      We are being forced into higher prices because of someone’s agenda, not because of supply and demand.

      1. hard rains says:

        The never ending source…oil. Sounds like a fiction.

      2. Citizen says:

        We are being forced into higher oil prices because of several things, no. 1 being speculation in the futures market, no. 2 being political instability in the Middle East, no. 3 being rampant corruption in oil producing countries wherein almost half the oil revenues are sidelined to governments and outlaws. Read about Nigeria, and the situation in that country both politically and environmentally is a nightmare. And one of the principal reasons for the corruption and pollution in Nigeria is U.S. demand for oil. If you can’t stand to read nonfiction read the fiction book “Eclipse” which is based on historical events in Nigeria. Hydrogen cars are a reality; we should begin weaning ourselves from gasoline ASAP. The technology for alternative energy is here and being more perfected all the time, we just need to have the political willpower to implement it. And convince the “Waste”s out there to get on board with the programs.

  8. Minnie says:

    King daddy dogs? Whatever. Just keep talking, Michele with one L. The more you blab, the more your crazy will show to the voters around the country.

    1. King Daddy Dog says:

      Deregulation with a side-shot chaser of Jesus. Typical

    2. Your Prayers are Answered says:

      I’ve got a King Daddy Dog for you Michele!

  9. kilgore says:

    Has ole crazy eyes threatened to close the Food and Drug Administration yet if she becomes the Prez? Obviously they are just a millstone around the necks of our food processing and pharmaceutical companies. Salmonella… bring it on!!

  10. Yes and says:

    Yes and what else is new. The upshot is even the liberals have to pay the higher energy prices. Sure the gas company can tier the cost so the poor libs in the tiny houses pay less for the first therm tier but they will pay more for energy overall. Really since the libs don’t pay income taxes that are not refunded to them, the higher energy costs are the only thing thay they vote for that they are negatively affected by.

    1. Reality sucks says:

      The U.S has no lack of coal, infact, the dirty coal in time will save our butts when this really hits the fan. Also, the U.S has no lack of natural gas and it’s all for our own consumption since the stuff is difficult to trasport for sale. So, this oil problem will blow up in our face, we will end up drilling until our last drop–which will take a while since we do have a lot—while we figure out what to feed our cars.

    2. richard says:

      To “yes and”…Listen you idiot! I’m a lifelong liberal and have worked and paid taxes for all my life and have taken NOTHING from anyone. I have earned every penny I’ve got. I’m so sick of you self rightous morons who don’t have a clue about the realality of being a working person and ;having to endure listening to your kind of drivel.

      1. stubby says:

        richard the lib, why don’t you kick in a few more bucks to the liberal government to support your liberal programs so I don’t have to?

      2. yes and says:

        @richard, you see you don’t even realize you are in the 50% not paying federal income taxes. If indeed it comes out of your check, you get it right back in the form of a refund. If you and your ilk actully took ‘nothing from anyone’ we may not be in the predicament to the extent we are in now. I wonder richard if we have a messaging and education problem since you actually think there is any lifelong liberal in existance that hasn’t taken from others. The tax code is a tool to distribute income from procucers to liberals such as yourself. Spare me your working person mantra.

        1. hard rains says:

          What you say is bogus in so many red herring ways. The “50%” of the population not paying income tax are either below the age of 20 or above the age of 65….the census breaks it down as 47% but there are also housewives who don’t pay income taxes because they don’t work, there are homeless that don’t work, wealthy that don’t work…and on and on. This idea is a red herring if there ever was one!

          1. stubby says:

            Wrong there ol’ hard rains, it’s 48% of ALL HOUSEHOLDS pay no federal income tax. For the families that do actually work, by the time they are done with all of their deductions, they owe 0 federal tax and in some cases get money back that they actually didn’t even pay in. The households that don’t work, and are on the public dole, also pay no federal income tax and are a huge drain on society. 60% of ALL HOUSEHOLDS TAKE MORE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAN THEY PAY IN. So who makes up this huge difference????? The rest of us So hard rains, either you suck off of the rest of us or you contribute. If you contribute, send a little more so I don’t have to pay so much.

            1. hard rains says:

              Wrong there Stubby…I don’t get more in my refund than I pay in taxes. Most middle class pay in. Where do you get this 60% from? I understand the wealthy don’t pay in, but they don’t make up enough ground to cover this 60% you come up with? It keeps growing too the more you talk about it…lol.

  11. Mel says:

    If you are truly an environmentalist, you would be opposed to drilling anywhere, not just here. You better build yourself a self-sustaining home, ie wood burning fireplace. Oh wait! Wood smoke pollutes the air and kills trees. Oh, what to do, what to do??!! On a side note, have you ever asked the people who live next to those monsters in the sky called wind turbines what it’s like? They can’t even sleep! They have chronic headaches from the sound those things make. They were promised by the government their lifestyle would not be altered, and hey, it’s all for our environment! I don’t think sleeping in your basement to escape the noise from those things, and never being able to sell your home for what it’s worth is much of a lifestyle or quality of life change. Do you? Onward environmental progress!

    1. stubby says:

      Kennedy stopped a windmill farm off the shoreline of his home in Mass. because it was “unsightly”.

    2. hard rains says:

      So we should go ahead and deregulate our polution policies and pollute some more, eh Mel? Just forget about alternative energy sources and get that dirty shale and sand oil. North Dakota has quite a few monster wind turbines but no one lives close enough to hear them. Do you live near one? Do you live near a refinery? How about trying to stop that smell and never being able to sell your home for what it’s worth…? Is that better?

      1. Caitlin Prodoehl says:

        Instead of burning wood…you can burn corn in fireplaces. There have been wind projects that have been cancelled due to environmental impact anlysis that have been done because wind turbines kill birds.

    3. Murph says:

      Hey Mel,by looking at Micheles photo! She might be testing the wind! But I think she is saying ” I got it out of my nose and can’t get it off myfinger! “

  12. I'm just Sayin' says:

    always the problem and never an answer. Why is it the press never covers things like the motorhead messiah, I will not even mention his name, but leave it up to you to look it up. Short term we can cut our fuel consumption down to one third for auto’s, but of course someone that is making money is stopping that from happening. We also can burn coal cleanly for electricity and heat, but again someone wants to make as much money as Saudi Arabia, so we are hindered there. Get past your partisan vitriol and punch lines and start to look for answers, or we all will dance while the US of A burns.

    1. hard rains says:

      That’s always been the Corporate problem. Producing carboration that will lower fuel consumption. It can be done but at the sacrifice of muscle cars, that automobile that seems to be making a comeback recently. Pickups and SUV’s will have to be downsized too. Coal burns dirty, so in order to get clean burning coal, industry has to provide massive filtration or a way of stripping it of it’s less desirable effects as it burns. That may not be cheap.

      1. Citizen says:

        @hard rains. Check out the Motorhead Messiah on the web. I just did at the suggestion of one of the posters. Fascinating information.

        1. hard rains says:

          Yes it is, from some of the information I read it has been called a probably farce. About every 20 years or so, there are claims like this. I do believe more mileage can be had per gallon, that what we are seeing but this economy is based on a slow introduction of technology to the public and at a high price at the start. When the newest product is about to be released then the price of the older technology falls, rarely if ever before. These are also just small changes in the technology. The problem we face as consumers is a dropping wage without a corresponding dropping change in prices.

    2. Reality sucks says:

      America does need to change. It would be the responsible thing to do. But we’ve been talking the talk since the day I was born about energy dependence and I still have a gas powered lawn mower, a gas guzzling SUV (to haul my gas guzzling lake toys to my gas powered cabin) and a big gas heated house. Can’t buy a windmill, the neighbors and ordinance won’t allow that. Could retrofit for solar but that hasn’t progressed to perfection to justify the cost. Don’t have enough yard for a heat pump. Those hybrid cars don’t have enough power to tow or the duration for the trips I make. There’s been a lot of time to fix this and all we get is the latest bull of increasing MPG from the “green” White House touted by some lobby. I would rather our statesman keep their attention on the deficit and debt rather than increasing my mileage by 2. There will only be one way that this gets fixed, and it isn’t going to come from the government—when gas hits $12/gallon and rising, Americans will adjust and innovate. No deregulation or government required.

  13. Angry Moderate Republican says:

    This woman is an embarrassment to us all, and should NOT be the face of the Republican party.

    There is no way that I can support a candidate who talks about the evils of “big government” after spending her life living on the governmenet dole through farm subsidies, foster care subsidies (and she didn’t just go for standard rates, they were a treatment home), and medicare/medicaid payments to their questionable “pray away the gay” clinic.

    She’s a liar and two-faced as a candidate, what do you think she’d do as President? (Hint: The answer is sell out to the highest bidder because “Jesus and Marcus told her to.”)

    2012 will be the end of the world as I know it, because I’ll be voting Democrat for the first time in my life.

    1. I'm Just sayin' says:

      Dear Angry Moderate Republican, You are buying into the local press touting her as a viable candidate, she is not. She placed a distant third in Iowa, so relax and let your hair down. She has about as much chance of being the republican nominee as a snowball does in hell. Don’t let the left get to you nor the local left papers and “news” organizations. This is nothing but propaganda by WCCHOE to make the far left local candidate look better than they really are. I predict Romney, but he has amy flaws too.

  14. The Truth says:

    One who is ignorant of history is doomed to repeat it.

    Someone buy Michele a copy of “Silent Spring”

  15. GOGOGO!!! says:

    Drill baby drill!!
    Spill baby spill!!

  16. Murph says:

    Not trying to contradict such a knowledgeable voice as Micheles but… then who is blocking the algae fuels,if not the GOP and big oil? You see algae grows by eating the by products of oil,gas and coal burning emissions.Plus it gives off only oxygen in return and only water vapor while burning …. AND can be used as fuel by trucks and oil burning furnaces right now and end those emissions right now.Green Star Products Inc and others has the technology to start up and set up a bio reactor at any time.SO….. where is the money,the customers and legislation needed to do it? Ask the Party of NO! So you see the MYTH of global warning if you all believe it is a myth is merely another dodging of the truth by the GOP and the people they work so hard for.That definately my friends is not you or me! Plus algae oil makes engines and even guns work better and give more protection and better mileage than petroleum products.You are being duped and fleeced!

    1. Murph's not here says:

      Quick, somebody get Murph a cup of reality asap.

  17. MB is mostly ok says:

    Wow, it’s like fluffy, jellybean land where you liberals live.

    1. Ostrich says:

      That would be hard for someone with their head stuck in the sand to notice.

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