It does look horrible, like one of those moon' surface image one would see on an astronomy book.
But no, you don't need to travel far to see up close and personal the consequences of the Canadian-Cuban business for the locals and their surroundings. Which also brings me to a - very familiar and sad - story about life in Moa.
In cases like this, I can't help to wonder where are all those crazies enviro-organics and tree-huggers that chastise a president for swapping a fly? (In a world where reporters go to J-School to learn how to report on fly-swatting incidents and to make good government-paid infomercials, but that's a topic for another post)
They care about contamination and human being's lives when it is within their eyesight or, to be more exact, when it fits their generally wild liberal agenda and they can make political gain of it.
That's why they don't want us to drill in ANWR nor to use the huge oil reserves the US has; they rather have our lives and freedoms at the stake of whatever an oil producer wants to do, including physical harm.
That's why a Hummer is a personification of evil and - despite being the most profitable brand - was the first thing the "new" government-owned GM is trying to get rid of it, potentially, to Chinese buyers.
Again, is it an evil car that pollutes the US air, but, does nothing to the Chinese environment? Or is it that they don't give a crap about the quality of air that Chinese people breath?
Shall we have more examples?
Being an idiotic and organic tree-hugger is just a synonymous of hypocrisy. Add all the money the Al Gore's types are making with the whole global warming scam and what do you have?