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  •  whale oil and Easter Island forestry products (3+ / 0-)

    are two examples of that principle in action.
    Long after the discovery of petroleum, whale oil was the preferred fuel for lamps, for no reason I can see beyond habit. It took the near disappearance of Cetacea to wean us off their body fat as a fuel source.
    And as I've said elsewhere, can you imagine the profitability of that last Easter Island tree?
    That baby sold for a whole lotta clams, I'll bet.

    Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

    by kamarvt on Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 08:57:32 AM PDT

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