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A view from the Gulf

"It might be difficult for people born and raised far from a beach or a bayou to visualize a place they cherish being poisoned and defaced on such a massive scale," Miami Herald columnist and best-selling author Carl Hiaasen wrote. "Or maybe not so difficult. Imagine if 120 million gallons of crude oil were flushed into the Minnesota headwaters of the Mississippi River, and for months the sludge was allowed to seep down through the veins of America’s Midwest. Now you begin to get the picture — the heartbreak, the helplessness."

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