Prior to obtaining my own long-time subscription to National Geographic, I remember reading most issues when visiting my grandparents. Over many years there have been numerous memorable articles, including some very scary stuff about what’s happening on our planet.
The controversy about the Obama Administration’s now-delayed decision about the Keystone XL pipeline, which has been proposed to carry petroleum derived from Canadian tar sands to the Gulf Coast of Texas, has concentrated upon risks inherent with its movement into and through our country, particularly regarding sensitive areas of Nebraska. During this period of further review which takes the decision-making past our presidential election next year, let’s hope that we also reflect carefully upon what’s involved in the water and energy intensive extraction of petroleum from tar sands. Reminding me more of Middle Earth’s Mordor than Alberta, take a look at the pollution photos accompanying the scariest story in National Geographic over these past few years.