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When the Last Tree Is Cut Down, the Last Fish Eaten, and the Last Stream Poisoned, You Will Realize That You Cannot Eat Money...

Look, I was part of the problem when I worked for Halliburton. My contribution to the problem was the main reason I left the oilfield. As a father of two children I struggled with the moral implications, not at first because I was trying to make run for big money. But every hitch exposed more of the reality that HSE is something taught but not practiced when it came down to money on the line. Personal safety was already a liability that was compounded by the environmental disregard I saw firsthand.

The oilfield as an industry would LOVE less regulation. They would love less OSHA involvement. They do the song and dance because it's required but when push comes to shove they'll ask you to do things that violate all kinds of laws, regulations, etc to get the job done. And they know you'll do it because of you don't the next guy will and you won't get that raise or promotion or training to move up. It's a good ole boy network with a don't ask don't tell mindset and approach to health, safety and the environment. It's all about the mighty dollar. Period.

I wouldn't trust them to be good stewards of a junk yard let alone pristine untouched wilderness the likes of which most will never see. Anyone who says otherwise prioritizes money over everything.

The juice isn't worth the squeeze for oil any longer. We should be investing in the future, renewable energy, R&D...

End rant.

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