Monday, December 15, 2008
Bush: This Looks Like a Good Place to Drill
The waning days of the Bush administration are proving to be as horrific as the preceding eight years.
On December 19th, Utah's Redrock wilderness is going on the auction block, courtesy our Fearless Leader.
Oil and gas speculators are invited to bid on drilling rights for 300 thousand acres this Friday.
It was all done in classic Bush/Cheney style....they didn't tell anybody what they were doing. According to the NRDC, the plan was hatched on election day and no one even told the National Parks service what was happening until after it was all agreed upon.
Want to scream? Me, too. Go here and write an email to your legislators instead:
If the auction goes through it won't be easy to reverse those leases. And the new administration shouldn't even have to deal with this garbage. Amazingly, while our economy slides down the chute and no one's reaching for the brake in the White House, the outgoing president and his buddies are reserving their attention for getting in some last minute goodies for their oil pals.
The land up for grabs includes Desolation Canyon, an area proposed for national park status. It's just the latest in a long string of efforts to exploit what's left of our land to get at a finite source of fuel. It's short sighted, it's sneaky and it's just bad policy.
If you agree, make noise. Make a lot of noise.