Notes From the Fieldby Martin Weil

March 20, 2015

Oil. She Said, He Said

“You know that the President just vetoed the Keystone pipeline,” said the woman.

“Honey, no politics. People from the coast feel differently,” said her husband.

The short exchange took place on the edge of the Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorean rainforest, where the forces of oil exploration and environmental protection are squarely facing off. I suppose this is what prompted the remarks. The man and woman were from Oklahoma; we are from California.

I was struck by how much was communicated in these two sentences. So much so that I have tried for two weeks to write a longer piece about the underlying issues, from the fundamental importance of oil to our way of life to its environmental impacts. In the end, nothing worth publishing.

But I still think those two sentences speak volumes.

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