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Getting Fossil Fuels Off the Plate

Michael Bomford

February 28, 2011

My grubby little town was full of young men in big trucks and muscle cars who had come north to make their fortunes in the oil fields.  During oil booms they kept the bars hopping and the hookers busy, dropping hundred dollar bills like candy…When the wells ran dry the young men disappeared, shops shuttered their windows, and the town shrank.  New oil discoveries brought them back, with all of the goldrush excitement and disarray that accompanied them.

This is a chapter from The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises (2010).