When I was younger the price of natural gas used to be so cheap that drillers just flared it off in the process of extracting more remunerative liquids from the deeps. That’s exactly what they are doing now: just burning off natural gas, you know, that clean energy everyone touted was the key to our future and lowering our carbon emissions? It’s terrible now how much of this natural gas we are simply wasting. Whole areas of Texas and the Dakotas can be seen at night due to the flaring. The picture above was one of about 40 flares we saw in a thirty mile stretch in the Brush country between Cotulla, Fowlerton and Pearsall this weekend.