A ride with a Bakken water trucker


Reporter Nicholas Kusnetz spent a day riding with Mike Reynolds, who left his logging business in eastern Washington state in order to earn money as a water trucker in the Bakken. Reynolds is pleased with the job, but eager to return to the work -- and the home -- he loves.

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James G McCue
James G McCue Subscriber
Aug 12, 2012 03:54 PM
Thanks for being able to get the story without the condemnation. Mike Reynolds seems like a nice guy. Doesn’t he ever wonder about the results of his work? I suspect there are lots of nice guys like him on all the rungs of the ladder. Then again he did notice the sulfur in the air…
Tara Lumpkin
Tara Lumpkin
Aug 13, 2012 06:38 PM
Who uses the energy? We do. What happens when more people are added to the planet? Increased consumption. It's time that we start recognizing that procreation leads to pollution, in general. That's why the newest information out of Oregon State University about the carbon footprint of one's children, called "carbon legacy," is so key. One child in US uses a lot of resources, so one can't just point to countries with high population growth. It's up to every one of us to stop having more than one child as well as to lower consumption. Or maybe we could issues credits for those who are child free. The stats I saw were that one average child in the U.S. = $500,000 in carbon credits. Maybe menopausal women without children should be given the money value of their carbon credit. I wonder what that would do. This is a taboo topic, of course. The only environmental organization I've found that addresses the issue directly is the Center for Biological Diversity. The rest of the organizations dance around the topic. When I've spoken to people, for example, who work on population and environment at WWF (I won't name name), they say that the topic is off-limit in the USA. Hmm . . . So maybe Mike Reynolds is a nice guy. Maybe alot of women are nice gals, but that doesn't mean that our children aren't destroying the planet. It just means we'd rather not think about it.