A Crude Sunset: Will we ever stop drilling?

Bakersfield Crude Oil Well

Credit: Jeremy Cherson

Crude oil production well at sunset in California’s San Joaquin Valley. At the time, in 2012, US production was ramping up to meet up to 66% of US demand for oil as it did in 2014.

However, there are costs associated with increased production. Oil and gas drilling leads to sometimes dramatic local air pollution by fugitive #emissions from leaks in these wells and in the aging pipeline infrastructure transporting this oil. Globally new wells and fossil fuel infrastructure contribute to climate change as our policy choices now lock in 40 years or more of development.

I remember living in the haze of the San Joaquin and wondering, “how have we managed to foul paradise with choking air pollution?” This photo often leads me to wonder if we can ever break our addiction. What do you think?

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One thought on “A Crude Sunset: Will we ever stop drilling?

  1. We are living in the petroleum age. The stone age did not end for the lack of stone and the oil age will not end for the lack of oil. Fossil fuels will have to be the bridge to take us to a better way, however I feel that things will have to get much worse before we are pushed into making it better.

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