Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Lucky in Wyoming

Culture of the West

This was one of the views at the campground over the weekend.

Complete dependence on constant power.

Not that it is inherently bad; believe me, it sure is a lot more comfortable and productive to have power at your fingertips (including batteries!).

When I lived in Seattle with all those other treehuggers it was hard for me to believe that there were people in this country for whom the destructive power of fossil fuels wasn't obvious.

But it is actually really difficult to see the extent of the impact of coal and natural gas industries here in Wyoming where the population of the entire state is just over 550,000.

There almost no litter, no air pollution, no crowding.

For today, in this place, there is still enough space for everyone to be individuals and to do as they see fit.

I wonder if they know how lucky they are.

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