THE President of the Balearics, Jose Ramon Bauza, is unusually refusing to tow the Partido Popular party line, which is verging on political suicide in the centre right party, by attempting to take on Madrid over oil and gas prospecting in Balearic waters.
His party seniors have told him that oil and gas prospecting, which has been going on along with extraction in Balearic waters since the 70s, will go ahead if given the green light by an environmental impact study.
A percentage of the population does not want oil and gas rigs off the coast and environmentalists are worried about the damage the industry will cause.
But, looking at the issue with a clear head, tourism will never become an all year industry and may never last for ever in the Balearics as new , cheaper and better destinations emerge. A thriving oil and gas industry would be an all year affair and, as reports have shown, generate billions of euros in revenue and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.


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