DALLAS – June 11, 2013 This week, “Dan Rather Reports” brings you Down Under for an investigation into two U.S.-financed natural gas facilities being built within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage site, and about 40 miles from the world’s largest stretch of living coral.
Five billion dollars in financing for the projects is coming from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an obscure federal agency charged with boosting U.S. exports and creating jobs for Americans.
But the United Nations agency UNESCO, along with environmentalists and scientists like Matt Landos, warn that the developments will cause irreversible damage to one of the most delicate, diverse and unique ecosystems on earth.
“We’re really landing quite a mortal blow on this area here,” Landos told us on a tour of the World Heritage Site. “Essentially, decisions made here are making this a sacrificial lamb. This area’s being sacrificed for industry.”
“Dan Rather Reports: Great Barrier Grief” airs Tuesday, June 11 at 8:00pm ET/5:00 p.m. PT only on AXS TV.
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