There is an absolutely amazing photo essay in Foreign Policy Magazine called "Scenes from the Violent Twilight of Oil". The essay provides moving images and included captions of some of the world's most important oil producing states like Venezuela and Nigeria and reminds us that even as the world looks to lessen its dependence on "black gold" in the future, the resource still colors our present---for better or worse.
Children play in the halo of a natural gas flare in Ebocha. The name means "Place of Light," after the flare at an Agip petroleum refinery that has burned there, night and day, since the 1970s."
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