NBC Laments Bush's Last-Minute Oil Shale Maneuvering
Although NBC Universalâ€™s â€śGreen Weekâ€ť ended days ago, a viewer could be forgiven for thinking itâ€™s still underway based on the networkâ€™s coverage of President George W. Bushâ€™s attempt to open up 2 million acres of federal land for oil shale development.
On the Nov. 25 â€śNightly News,â€ť NBC Chief Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers chided the Bush administration for â€ślast minute moves,â€ť despite there being nearly two months until Bushâ€™s last day in office.
What Myers characterized as a â€śflurry of midnight maneuvers,â€ť would â€śopen 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 MSNBCâ€™s â€śRachel Maddowâ€ť show the night before with the same message.
â€śWhat 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 Bushâ€™s actions in his last months in office as efforts to â€średuce oversight and favor business,â€ť citing Matt Media of OMB Watch, a so-called â€śgovernment watchdog organizationâ€ť that encourages more government regulation of business.
â€śMatt Media says Bushâ€™s new rules mostly reduce oversight and favor business,â€ť Myers said. â€śSome 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€ť
Experts believe thereâ€™s enough oil in oil shale deposits to counter the stranglehold Middle Eastern oil producing nation have over the United States. â€śOil shale deposits in the