Question: What do denuded landscapes, drought, over population, inequity, and dead cows have in common?
Answer: Economics. The very thing we rely on to sustain us is our Achilles heal. We need to change our view of Economics from the panacea for all of our ills, to severe skepticism.
This is dedicated to my daughter Bridget, who walked out of her high school class today to protest government inaction on climate change. Many of our problems, including climate change, can only be solved with one-child families.
No one in the mainstream or government knows, or will accept what is causing climate; no one. Fossil fuel emissions are not the main cause of climate change. Climate change is primarily caused by deforestation.
Almost everyone accepts forest clear-cutting as a given, while the economic damage from smoke alone exceeds the forestry income and it is a root cause of climate change. Let’s see how it is all connected.
After hearing the sound of helicopter logging in the Ashland, Oregon watershed, I looked into forest thinning’s pros and cons. Here is what I found.