A wide range of individuals and groups are concerned that some of the world's biggest coal and rail companies want to begin shipping huge amounts of coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to voracious power plants in Asian countries.
The dealer reassured me, with broken, earnest and enthusiastic English, that I would have no problems with customs. Yeah, right. Not his problem, just mine. Who would know whether he might drop the dime on me and collect a reward? I have never been so tempted and yet so confident that buying these pieces would be a huge mistake.
Is The Sage Grouse a neocolonialist? Is The Sage Grouse a plain, old, ordinary 1800s-era colonialist? These questions did go through my head, but I had an interesting question to pose and maybe few opportunities in which to ask it. India achieved independence, but 50 years later much of the country continued to be uneducated, mired in poverty, without proper water and sewers and generally not looking like it had emerged from colonialism very successfully.