Federal buy-back of Florida leases bad public policy

If US President George W. Bush had no option other than to sacrifice national interest to Florida politics and family relations, he at least should have kept his brother from spouting idiocy.The president and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on May 29 announced a $235 million buy-back of federal leases in the Destin Dome unit off the Florida Panhandle and in the Everglades (OGJ Online, May 29, 2002). The aim: to prevent drilling.Acknowledging the obvious political motivation, the governor said, "It is good public policy. When there is a convergence of good policy and good politics, I don't think we should be ashamed of it."Rubbish!It's terrible policy. It feeds off ignorance. It lets a singl...

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