11 Feb '12, 11am

Oil shale drilling another terrible aspect of GOP transportation bill

Oil shale drilling another terrible aspect of GOP transportation bill

An oil-shale drilling operation in Australia. (Photo by SkyTruth.) Earlier this month, the Obama administration and the Republican-dominated House Natural Resources Committee took diametrically opposed steps regarding development of oil shale across the West. Not surprisingly, House Republicans are attaching the by-now-meaningless labels of “job creator” to its bill, and “job killing” to the Department of Interior’s action. Also not surprisingly, House Republicans’ views are not tethered to reality. On Feb. 1, the House Natural Resources Committee approved a three-headed monster of an energy bill: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, drilling off the California coast, and expansion of oil shale drilling. But hey, the bill has the magic word “jobs” in the label, so it’s all good! The committee’s press release trumpets the quantity of oil shale lurking deep under...

Full article: http://grist.org/politics/bad-idea-in-the-arid-west/

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