Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chinese villagers carry giant balloons of stolen natural gas to heat their homes (making sure to avoid any naked flames, of course)

If you thought heating your home during winter was tough, spare a moment for these villagers in China's Shandong Province.

They have been risking life and limb in the pursuit of warmth by carrying giant balloons full of natural gas from a nearby oil field back to their homes.

Too poor to afford the resource on the grid, they siphon their gas from an oil facility in Binzhou, where they connect their balloons to a canister near the extraction machinery.

They then tentatively edge back with a potential bomb in their hands, being careful not to get too near any naked flames, of course. Some balloons can grow to six metres long and a metre wide.

It is not clear whether they are stealing the gas, although it is highly unlikely they are being allowed to do it. Read More