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America Is Paying A Steep Price For Cheap Food

George Wuerthner has been called a brilliant provocateur who knows how to get under the skin of Western ranchers. With this essay, one that is certain to incite a strong reaction from readers, he examines the costs of America's cheap food policy on both the U.S. Treasury and the environment. Wuerthner writes: "Agriculture is the most destructive land use in America." As an activist, trained biologist, photographer and environmental writer, he has become a prominent figure in the campaign to eliminate livestock from public lands. The author of several dozen books, Wuerthner also has written prolifically about forest ecology, wildfire, the impacts of ATVs and, of course, the effects of non-native cattle and sheep on native species. His coffee-table picture book,Welfare Ranching: The Subsidized Destruction of the American West, set off a firestorm of debate over the impacts of livestock and the multiple ways that beef production is subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. His most recent book is Wild Fire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy. With this first piece, NewWest.Net is debuting a regular column from Mr. Wuerthner that will run twice a month on all things nature-related and anything that suits his fancy.

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Energy Economics For a Sustainable Future

By Sean Stalpes With a diminishing global oil supply coupled with the strenuous rises in oil prices, United States consumers are starting to notice some of the problems that are concurrent with our current energy agenda – and we should. The United States has roughly 5% of the world’s population, but we consume roughly 26% of the oil. Our lifestyles are based on an immediate access to cheap, dependable, and abundant energy sources. Sooner or later, though, the United States will be forced into a substantial increase in the use of renewable energy as either the amount of fossil fuel energy becomes too scarce or our environment can no longer withstand the effects of its combustion. The good news is that the United States has a plethora of potential for renewable energy generation, from our vast areas of strong winds to the areas of bountiful and intense sunshine that wield tremendous capacities for solar energy. Therefore, it would definitely be in our economic interests to make the transition to a renewable energy economy as soon as possible.

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