Posted from The Citrus Report
Global Climate Change. Global Warming. “We are destroying our environment.” We hear this all the time. Regardless of what you believe, something is going on on the Planet Earth. Over 6 billion people doesn’t help. The overuse and abuse of fossil fuels in the greater part of the 20th Century, but we haven’t even begun the 21st Century yet, where over 2 billion people in the hyper-developing countries of India and China don’t seem to be all that concerned with proper “environmental practice.” And why should they? The United States has never been one to set the best of examples, and our own dependencies and use of oil and creation of waste has set the planet on a crash course with destruction.
The US owns a piece of land in the extreme northern hemisphere called Alaska which borders the North Pole, is rich and richer in oil, and to this day, still resides as a postcard of the last unscathed portion of Planet Earth. Bought from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867 for a cool $7.2 million, Alaska was made a state (and the largest state at that) on January 3, 1959. Only 698,473 people live there, nearly half in the Anchorage area. And it is the home of a vast amount of energy resources. Oil. Lots of it. It is only a matter of time that the virgin wilderness (well, some areas are already drilled like a Persian desert), is drilled by the likes of Shell, BP, or Chevron to a bloody drought. It is going to happen. It is happening, and one of the last natural beauties, a relic of what the world should and used to look like in the Northern Pole, will soon lose its unspoiled landscape. Glaciers are melting, drills are plunging, animals are becoming extinct. Its too late, and some are trying to treasure what they can before the destruction hits full steam.
Of course, some would say we are being dramatic. We are not experts, but there does seem to be a wave of real experts who are predicting a very warm century, a very greedy century, and perhaps a violent, destructive century. Hopefully, we are all wrong.
We received these pictures from someone who was in Alaska last week, so you are looking at the current state of the Alaskan wilderness, or at least the wilderness that the tour guides will take you. This is the way we want it to look. Natural. Untouched. Not ruined. Enjoy.
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