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    ... is America's biggest EXPORT port (in terms of tonnage) solely because of the Mississippi and the goods it moves from the center of the country (largely grain).  As the Mississippi becomes less navigable, farmers will need to find other ways to get their goods to international markets, which will drive up costs (because of the fuel involved in trains and trucks per ton is much greater than barges).  It will probably drive up the cost of fuel nationwide as demand increases.

    Meanwhile farmers throughout the Midwest continue to substitute the missing rainfall by pumping groundwater from the Oglalla aquifer (probably the largest freshwater source on the continent), endangering that reserve's continued existence.

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart. - Emerson

    by foolrex on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:10:09 AM PST

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