Culture clash: tourism vs. oil and gas in Moab

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Did the author drive a vehicle with an internal combustion engine to reach his point of “outdoor recreation.” Did he take a hot shower to wash off the grime acquired during his time in Utah’s wild places? Did he use a computer to write this article in a lit room complete with conditioned air? Was his food packaged in petroleum-based plastic products? I’m always struck by the intellectual dishonesty of those like the author of this article who complain about drill rigs and accidental spills and energy extraction when every aspect of their lives requires the use of materials that are drilled and extracted from beneath the earth. If the author were intellectually honest view regarding oil and gas extracted in wild places, he would abandon all modern amenities that require fuel and electricity, and which are made from petroleum-based products. The sight of the author groveling in a mud hut, eating berries, burning wood to keep warm, and living a short and brutal life would be much harder to bear than the sight of a drill rig in the distance.



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