Business & Policy Environmental Policy Turtles to Sen. Coburn: Get Bent By Shea Gunther Writer University of New Hampshire Rochester Institute of Technology University of Southern Maine Shea Gunther is a writer, entrepreneur, and podcaster living in Portland, Maine. He covers topics such as renewable energy, climate change, and nature. our editorial process Shea Gunther Updated January 28, 2020 To at least one senator, turtles need to stay in their own lane and preferably away from our roads. (Photo: Courtney Celley/USFWS Midwest Region [Public Domain]/Flickr) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Business & Policy Corporate Responsibility Environmental Policy Economics Food Issues Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma hates turtles. Coburn recently took exception with a cherry-picked list of 100 projects funded by President Obama's economic stimulus bill, one of which is an "eco passage" that allows turtles and other wildlife a safe path across Florida's busy U.S. 27. Why does Coburn hate turtles so much? Turtles were scuffling around that patch o' flat Florida ground for a long time before we came along and plonked a highway down. Spending a few million and putting some guys to work building the turtles an underpass doesn't seem that far out of bounds with the country I want to live in. I have a bigger problem when we spend $3M on fighting the war in Iraq every 15 minutes. To be fair to Coburn, he did vote against the war in Iraq on the grounds it would cost too much. At least the guy is consistent.