MAR 15, 2017 12:23 PM PDT

The Oil Industry and the Environmentalists


Two different environmental issues at opposite ends of the climate debate sit not far from each other in North Dakota and Montana. The town of Williston North Dakota has seen the oil industry boom that has brought economic prosperity to many. Jobs in the oil fields were plentiful and revenue from that industry pretty much built the town, the new high school and other features that residents enjoy. However, stricter environmental regulations slowed the oil boom and that hasn't been well received by those employed in the industry.

Just 500 miles away in Glacier National Park in Montana, tourists are educated on the devastation that warmer weather, brought about by burning fossil fuels, has caused there. When temperatures start to trend upwards over time, the glaciers melt and recede. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey estimate that if current models continue, Glacier National Park may not contain any glaciers. The actions of two opposing forces, the oil industry and the environmental lobby, are being played out daily in this area. With the new administration, it will be an area to watch.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
SEP 16, 2018
Videos
SEP 16, 2018
Diseases Lurking in Our Backyards
Despite being invisible, microbes surround us all the time. They cover our phones, our hands, and infiltrate our backyards. Although a lot of these microbe...
SEP 17, 2018
Videos
SEP 17, 2018
How THC Binds to Cannabinoid Receptors in the Brain
Seconds after marijuana is consumed it begins to affect your brain. The main cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant is called THC (tetrahydrocanna...
SEP 18, 2018
Space & Astronomy
SEP 18, 2018
When Will Earth Experience Another Chelyabinsk-Like Meteor Event?
In 2013, a notably-sized meteor exploded over the sky in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The shockwave from this event was so powerful that glass windows were shatter...
SEP 26, 2018
Videos
SEP 26, 2018
Sydney Brain Bank and CTE
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated blows to the head, results in a unique form of dementia that includes irrational anger,...
OCT 02, 2018
Videos
OCT 02, 2018
Learning how Bacterial Chemicals Impact Human Health
We play host to a huge number of microbes, and all the chemicals that they produce....
OCT 09, 2018
Videos
OCT 09, 2018
Take-out doesn't have to be this way
I love take-out just as much as the next person, but there's something that gets to me every time I order in: the amount of single-use waste that comes...
Loading Comments...