Ethics Be Dammed

The magnificent,  soon likely to be extinct, Florida Panther
Picture credit: The Florida Panther page


Just now on our lunchtime news,   was a story about our Governor’s  supposed questionable connection to some of the very same  Companies that had recently been given permission to drill for oil by our DEP  in Collier County.

They  said, that he owns a lot of stock in one of the Oil Companies  that wants to drill,  blah, blah, blah.

It went on for several minutes about various terrible things that they believed were going on,  that may have been most unethical and  the Governor’s  possible connection to the these drilling companies, and the terrible idea that he was doing some VERY unethical things,  it went on ad nauseam.

By the time it was over,  I felt completely disgusted with the story, the Reporters, the Residents  of Collier County,  the Governor and anyone else involved in this nightmare.

People were shown taking  to the streets of their upscale neighborhoods, like Naples, signs in hand, shouting about their beautiful way of life being lost, their soon to be declining property values, their  glorious life styles diminishing, etc., etc.

Every single point that they made,  was about how the possible drilling would affect them and their lives.

At no time,  did anyone ever mention,  what should, in my opinion,  be the number one reason that  no one should EVER  be allowed to drill in Collier County, it is the very last safe haven,  or tiny remaining Habitat for our critically Endangered Florida Panther.

This animal is on it last legs, it is at the end of the log.

Hello, it is out of time.

But not once was this fact mentioned in this story.


If this drilling is approved and they do begin  in Collier County, the Florida Panther is doomed to extinction.

But should any of this come as a surprise?

This is the very same neighborhood that just a few short months ago, was completely up in arms,  screaming for Florida Fish and Wildlife to come and take care of  a Black Bear that was annoying them.

They wanted it gone, and right now!

So, if our desperate Florida  Panthers need any warmth, support, or a kind word spoken for them in this area, they are just plain,  flat-out of luck.


In Collier County,  money and status trumps all.

I know this because one of my Aunts lives there and she has spoken about this fact at great lengths to me.

Are all of the parties involved in this matter completely oblivious to the dangerous peril that the Panther is in?

I truly doubt that.

What is clear to me,  is that when it comes to money, profit,  political power and just about anything in Florida, any and everything comes before the life of an animal.

Greed is a state of life and mind here.

So, will oil drilling go forward here, most probably.

If it is stopped,  one thing that you can be sure of, it will NOT  be because they are concerned with the ethics of the Governor and where his sticky little fingers may,  or may not have been.

It will NOT  be because they are concerned with the life or death of the Florida Panther.

It will ONLY  be because somehow their money and status is threatened and in Collier County, that is everything.

Ethics can be damned.


Places to learn more:

FL Gov. Scott stake in oil company tied to drilling near Everglades and endangered Panther habitat

Scott’s stake in oil company tied to Collier drilling riles environmentalists

DEP and Collier Commission Clash Over Everglades Oil Drilling

Gov. Rick Scott’s stake in oil company tied to Collier drilling riles environmentalists

Sen. Nelson calls for federal review of Hughes Co. well drilling in Collier

Judge backs Collier County drilling project



40 thoughts on “Ethics Be Dammed

  1. Pingback: The extremely endangered Florida Panther! | Shechaim Ohjieshans word of the day

  2. I’m so disgusted by the greed in this world and not giving a damn for the sentient beings who do live on this earth. Where will it all end? When we are all dead? Really! Great post and I do thank you for addressing this issue! (((HUGS))) Amy

  3. Today I was able to watch Andean Condors fly over me and a hundred or so awe struck tourists. I feel blessed to have been able to see these magnificent birds in nature instead of a zoo. Thankfully years ago environmentalists and conservationists were able to preserve this bird and convince Peru to establish a sanctuary for the bird and make it illegal to hunt them. I was so in awe of this bird I took time out from my vacation to post three photos of these great birds in flight.

    What a shame it would be if the Florida Panther became extinct or could only be seen in a zoo. The profit motive has a way of bulldozing habitats of the endangered. Sadly saving species has become politicized. And worst of all are those who lay claim to a religion where they are supposed to be stewards of the world and all they can think of is themselves and how their political party of choice believes humans have the right to exterminate animals for the almighty dollar.

    • Yes, we did the same thing in California.
      Saving Endangered Species yields no profit return for the elite who have a stranglehold on the American political system, in not only Florida, but much of this Country.
      When we go to the Polls this Fall, may we remember those elected officials who make all of their decisions with a check book in their outstretched hands.

  4. oh,my; i am so very sorry.

    you are right; few people care about the wildlife anymore. humans are losing their connections with the earth; losing navigational skills, they are relying on gadgets and devices to find their way from point to point. maths? why exercise the brain when a calculator will do it faster? drawing – whoa – let’s use a projector or a scanner or graphic art instead…

    slowing down to appreciate nature or realizing we’re on a runaway train toward self extinction does not ring true to many.

    good luck w/your fight to save their habitat.


  5. I’d rather be the panther in a tree
    lying in golden sunshine,
    tail dangling gracefully
    among the Spanish moss
    of Florida oaks(?)
    than an elite
    living upscale,
    empty of reason,
    void of sympathy.

  6. This is so, so sad, yet sadly so unsurprising to hear 😦 Do those people actually know the Florida Panther still exists at present? How many more animals will be lost from this planet in the name of ‘civilised progress’?! It disgusts me! To have a chance of avoiding a climate change disaster we need to leave the oil in the ground anyway … when will some people realise this I wonder?! … perhaps when they are up to their necks in sea water? I see Miami is heading that way already! We can only continue campaigning and awareness-raising … never give up.

  7. Follow the money! That mantra really hits home when you are looking into corruption and special interests groups.

  8. I shared this on my facebook group, CPEACE, (Connecting People, Ecosystems and Animals for Conservation of Earth). I’ve been thinking for quite a while that the NGOs may have to join forces on some issues to combat for what little wildlands and wildlife remains. We are in a David and Goliath battle as the most profitable industry in the history of mankind owns the politicians; they are now courting and financing the NRA, The Safari Club International, and The Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation. The oil & gas industry is after our public lands and they do not give a damn about wildlife, habitat preservation, or extinctions….IMO.

  9. I’m familiar with Collier County and spent some time there a few years back. I never did meet anyone who had an appreciation for place. They may talk it up with their nose in the air but actually having a sense of place – nope

  10. I’m glad someone like yourself is there to fight for those who can’t. It’s not any different anywhere else and this is what truly scares me. Thanks for posting.

  11. We have a lot of deer in this little subdivision, because we are surrounded parkland.
    Many people are now complaining because sometimes the deer munch on the “landscaping.”.
    Ummm…wait….the deer were here first AND they need to eat.
    I have posted many photos of deer on my blog. I think they are beautiful.
    I notice that they prefer to eat the clover in the grass and the acorns that fall from the trees.
    To make the homeowner’s association happy, we planted some evergreens and Rose of Sharon (deer-resistant plants) around the front of our house. That’s the extend of our landscaping.
    Everything has worked out just fine.

    • Deer have always been VERY close to my heart. We don’t see enough of them here and we are in a Forest.
      Right now, there are people in other parts of Florida who are unhappy because they have too many.
      It is sad, they want to have them “disposed of, ” with bows and arrows.
      The animals have no one to speak for them but us, you, me and all who love them.
      You are obviously an advocate on their behalf, please speak loudly where you are, they are counting on you~
      Now I will go look at your link, which I am sure I will love!

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