Conversations and observations about California's mountains
Imagine, for a moment, that oil is discovered in the Sierra Nevada and government officials give the okay to drill.
Impossible, you say, and you're right.
But that scenario plays out regularly in foreign countries from which America obtains most of its oil. And when spills happen in those places, there is no outpouring of concern and media attention like what is taking place in the Gulf.
"There is a double-standard," Omoyele Sowore, an environmentalist from Nigeria, told me recently.
In Nigeria - the 4th largest source of foreign oil in the U.S. - more than 2,000 oil pollution sites are estimated to need cleaning up. In the tar sands region of Alberta - another major source of oil for America - at least 200 square miles of wildlife habitat have been ruined, including areas critical for migratory waterfowl and songbirds. And those are just two examples.
Photo by Bryan Patrick
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