12 Sep '11, 6pm

Horrifying story from Kenya. 150 people incinerated while gathering gasoline from a leaking pipeline.

Try, for a minute, to imagine this scenario: You live next to a massive oil pipeline. Rather against your will, but you do. You know it's an oil pipeline, though you usually don't think about it too often. It's just there. One day, a cacophonous crowd alerts you to the fact that this pipeline is leaking copious amounts of refined oil, gasoline. The stuff's just flowing out. What now? Panic? It's quick, quick, there's no time, right? Get the hell out of there. Just go. Do NOT go back for your keepsakes, your pet hamster. Go. That's the correct response, isn't it? The only response? It might seem to be -- but only to those of us who aren't mired in such abject poverty that rushing towards the leaking fuel to gather it up not only seems like a good idea, but an instinctive, propulsive response. The fact that over 150 of those gatherers -- people who initially thought, above a...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/to-be-incinerated...

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