Oct. 20, 2009 Julie Martin reports from Sandy Springs, Georgia on near-record low temperatures sweeping through the southern US.
Ever wonder where American gets most of its oil? If you thought it was Saudi Arabia or Iraq, you are wrong. America's biggest oil supplier has quickly become Canada's oil sands. Located under Alberta's pristine boreal forests, the process of oil sands extraction uses up to four barrels of fresh water to produce only one barrel of crude oil.
It goes without saying that water—its depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination—has become the most important issue to face humanity in this century. At the same time, the war for oil is well underway across the globe. A struggle is increasingly being fought between water and oil, not only over them.
Alberta's oil sands are at the centre of this tension. As the province rushes towards a large-scale extraction, the social, ecological and human impacts are hitting a crisis point. In only a few short years the continent will be a crisscross of pipelines, reaching from the arctic all the way to the southern US, leaving toxic water basins the size of Lake Ontario, and surface-mines as large as Florida.
H2Oil follows a voyage of discovery, heartbreak and politicization in the stories of those attempting to defend water in Alberta against tar sands expansion. Unlikely alliances are built and lives are changed as they come up against the largest industrial project in human history.
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Only in Texas, would you hear this:
“Tomorrow I get to skin snakes and chop their heads off and I am super excited about it.” (CNN)
That’s the newly crowned Miss Snake Charmer 2011. She helped kick off this weekends annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater Texas by doing just what she said -- killing and skinning a snake. Grossed out yet?
The roundup started more than half a century ago so that farmers and ranchers could reduce the number of snakes in their fields. Thousands of snakes are hunted, milked for their venom, killed, skinned, deep-fried... and sold to the crowd. It’s all part of the carnival-esque event -- which draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. (KTXS)
Ever tried rattlesnake meat? The LA Times explains why this Texas tradition has mouths watering:
“The festivals provide brave souls an opportunity to view the venomous bounty close-up and chow down on their flesh. (Many say it tastes like chicken. Really.) ... Bon appetit.”
One of the Roundup volunteers tells the Daily Mail -- this event isn’t meant to be barbaric. It’s simply how locals control the unruly rattlesnake population in West Texas.
“They bite livestock, they bite the animals, your pets. They'll bite kids, people. They're a very serious problem around here.”
But not everyone agrees. In an open letter to Reporter News in Abilene, one angry Texan says this about the Roundup:
“One of the largest gatherings of ignorant, inhumane hillbillies in the country... This has nothing to do with controlling the snake population. It's about money and tradition. A tradition which shows and teaches tremendous disrespect toward nature.”
The vendors also collect snake venom at the event -- claiming it will help researchers find cures for cancer and heart disease. National Geographic talked to a snake specialist who says, no way.
“I think it is just a useless pacifier to give to the masses to say -- OK this justifies our killing and treating this animal like its some type of nasty creature. Once again, they’re just out to make a buck.”
Not just a buck -- lots of bucks. The local ABC affiliate KTXS reports this event is a HUGE economic boom for the area -- estimating this years profits will be close to $1 million. A blogger for KingSnake**** is livid:
“Never mind that the roundup breaks most of the health laws in the state. Never mind that it breaks every provision of the state cruelty to animals laws. The roundup is big business and no politician or government employee would dare risk his future by doing the right thing.”
Sweetwater isn’t the only rattlesnake roundup in the southern US --- its just the biggest.
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The authorities have evacuated low-lying neighbourhoods, and officials said they were confident flood control systems would prevent further harm. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said 400 people were staying in shelters.
Officials said they were confident levees along the river would hold back the water and that the authorities had 20,000 sand bags in reserve in case of a breach. The National Weather Service said the Mississippi River would crest at about 1900 local time (2300 GMT) on Monday.
About Bob Paulinski, MW:
Bob Paulinski, MW currently resides in Melbourne. He's the Head of Sourcing - Wine for Coles. Previously, he has held a number of leadership positions across the US. Bob was the Senior Vice president for Bevmo Stores which has 155 outlets across California, Arizona and Washington. Prior to accepting the Bevmo role in late 2013, he was based in Jacksonville, Florida for five years as Category Director of Wine/Spirits/Beer for Southeastern Grocers for 1000+ grocery stores throughout the southern US.
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