Balancing Act in the West: How America’s Playground Can Be a Model for Recreation and Drilling

Six years after the George W. Bush administration proposed to allow oil and gas drilling on the doorstep of Utah’s most prized national parks, the Obama administration’s energy reforms are taking shape in the Red Rock Country near Moab, Utah. These reforms offer the opportunity to restore balance between conservation and energy development on millions of acres of public land in the West.

This video explores how the Obama administration’s drilling reforms could protect the robust recreation economy of the Moab area and the spectacular desert landscapes that attract visitors from around the world.

Tom Kenworthy is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Andrew Satter is the Director of Video at American Progress.