Jun 3, 2002
On May 29, President George Bush, sitting next to brother Jeb, the governor of Florida, announced that the federal government would spend 235 million dollars for seven state-owned oil and gas leases off the Florida coast, as well as privately owned mineral rights on land adjacent to the Everglades National Park.
What a deal! – for the Bush brothers, that is, just a few months before Jeb stands for re-election as Florida’s governor and with George’s hero image getting a little tarnished.
The deal will put money into the Florida state treasury at a time when Florida, like every other state, is facing a so-called budget crunch. And it lets George appear like a protector of the Everglades and the Florida coast.
Of course, this is the same George W. Bush who proposed to hand the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve over to the big oil companies.
Who does he plan to give the Everglades to?