20 May '12, 1am

The Age of Extreme Oil: "This Used to Be a Forest?" ~ #AmazonWatch

That was the first of many same-but-differents that the South and North American natives would discover about each other through the weekend. But few of the lessons to follow would end in laughter. Over the course of three days spent visiting reserves, band offices and the vast sand dunes left behind by the bitumen-scrubbers surrounding Fort McMurray, the Achuar confronted a reality that may one day be their own. And they didn't much like what they saw. This encounter was born of a new dynamic: the age of extreme oil. Gone are the days of sweet Texas crude and boundless Arabian oil fields, when petroleum lay so near the surface that all a company had to do was prick the Earth's crust and let the black gold gush. To the environmentalists who worry about reaching "peak oil" (and a subsequent decline in fossil fuels), critics can point out accurately enough that the world is ...

Full article: http://amazonwatch.org/news/2012/0519-the-age-of-extreme-...

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