The list seemed appropriate for the new year, thinking about where we are and how we can improve in the new year. I was surprised to see tallgrass prairie included in the list:
In the last 200 years the United States has lost:
- 50% of its wetlands
- 90% of its northwestern old-growth forests
- 99% of its tall grass prairie and
- up to 490 species of native plants and animals with another 9,000 now at risk
I think we should try to follow bad news with potential good news whenever possible, so here is a thought: what if we could fund the restoration of vast amounts of tallgrass prairie while helping to solve global warming and achieving energy independence based on a renewable, ecological system? I plan to post more on cellulosic ethanol in the near future.