Peter Maas on the Real Price of Oil

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"Around the world, the extraction of oil wreaks havoc on the environment. By keeping our own shorelines and wilderness pristine, we only blind ourselves to this ugly reality." Very good point- by importing oil we export the bulk of the pollution caused by its extraction and transport. "We demand clean beaches and untouched wildernesses at home but live in an energy-intensive fashion that leads other countries to sacrifice their waters and forests. This disconnect is easily explained. You don't need to alter your lifestyle much to help protect baby seals or punish Kathie Lee for supporting sweatshops, but you might need to suffer inconveniences - like higher gas prices, energy-conservation efforts and new taxes for alternative-fuels research - if better energy policies were adopted" read more at ::New York Times free subscription required

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