NBC Laments Bush's Last-Minute Oil Shale Maneuvering
Although NBC Universalâs âGreen Weekâ ended days ago, a viewer could be forgiven for thinking itâs still underway based on the networkâs coverage of President George W. Bushâs attempt to open up 2 million acres of federal land for oil shale development.
On the Nov. 25 âNightly News,â NBC Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers chided the Bush administration for âlast minute moves,â despite there being nearly two months until Bushâs last day in office.
What Myers characterized as a âflurry of midnight maneuvers,â would âopen 2 million acres of western wilderness in three states to oil shale development, lease pristine areas alongside national parks in
And to back up concerns about the prospects of developing shale as source of energy, Myersâ segment featured an interview with liberal activist and actor Robert Redford, who appeared on MSNBCâs âRachel Maddowâ show the night before with the same message.
âWhat kind of an investment is that for our children, their children and theirs, to have all of their great monuments and some of the greatest places on the face of the earth destroyed for short-term
Instead, Myers generally labeled Bushâs actions in his last months in office as efforts to âreduce oversight and favor business,â citing Matt Media of OMB Watch, a so-called âgovernment watchdog organizationâ that encourages more government regulation of business.
âMatt Media says Bushâs new rules mostly reduce oversight and favor business,â Myers said. âSome would allow the government to build dams and projects without consulting the agency in charge of protecting endangered species, broaden the authority of health care workers and hospitals to refuse to provide family planning services and loosen restrictions on how many hours a trucker can drive.â
Experts believe thereâs enough oil in oil shale deposits to counter the stranglehold Middle Eastern oil producing nation have over the United States. âOil shale deposits in the