Next up, Utah:
After the Bush administration in its waning days cynically opened up this region’s natural treasures to oil and gas drilling, Americans everywhere protested, filing thousands of public comments in objection. Even though many had never been to Desolation Canyon, they did not want to be the generation that forfeits our past and our country’s natural beauty for more profits for the petroleum industry and a few more drops in the bucket.
Yet Gasco and the petroleum industry lobby are strong, and their pursuit of profits knows no boundaries. Using their partners in Congress, they’re now tapping into Americans’ frustration over high gasoline prices to pressure President Obama and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to approve Gasco’s scheme to develop this wild place. Never mind that drilling for natural gas in Desolation Canyon will do nothing to curb the price we pay for oil-based gasoline, which is set on the global marketplace.