Thursday, June 01, 2006

Photo Explained

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I am standing by an abandoned well head in the El Santo Field, Eastern Venezuela, taking a GPS reading of its location. This well flowed uncommercial heavy oil and the field remains undeveloped at the present time. It represents the vast remaining resources available to us (long after the doomsayers will tell us we will have run out of oil).

In the background the plantation of California Pines has burned. Although by association with the oil well it would be easy to conclude that the two are related, in fact the fire was started by a lightning strike during the dry season when fires are extremely common.

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