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The Gulf of Mexico holds the vast majority of our country’s offshore oil wealth. It’s also plays host to seasonal soirees known as hurricanes, monstrous events that are most likely growing in severity thanks to a century of hardcore petro-dependence.

Here’s a visual reminder of what this relationship means in a climate-cyclic sense: An image snapped above High Island, Texas, the day after Hurricane Ike roared ashore.

[Image credit: Smiley N. Pool/AFP/Getty Images #]

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