Fields of Fire in North Dakota


Robert Krulwich at NPR:

It’s a little to the left, high up near the Canadian border. Just run your eye up that line of lights at the center of the country, look over to the upper left — there’s a patch that looks like a big city —but there is no big city in that part of North Dakota. There’s mostly grass. So what are those lights doing there? What is that?

If you need help, here’s the same map again, this time the patch is marked with a circle. It turns out, yes, that’s not a city. And those lights weren’t there six years ago.

I didn’t even know this was happening. Read about it.

At some point humans are going to have to break our dependence on oil. If we don’t, I don’t think anyone can foretell the disaster that will—someday—finally happen.