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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

I have tremendous respect for the acumen, drive and relentless focus that writer Bill Mckibben continually brings to the table regarding the perils of climate change and the need to minimize the use of fosssil fuels as our primary energy source going forward...........The problem is that even if wind and solar could completely take over for oil, natural gas and coal, I do not want windmills and solar panels covering our mountaintops, valley floors and desert expanses.................General Electric, the largest maker of wind turbines in the world pretends to have become a "green" corporate entity............In truth, all they care about is selling the windmills, not whether or not more "virgin ground" is going to be despoiled with 300+ foot monstrosities piercing the planet...............I am all for solar panels on every existing structure on the planet!................Let's place Windmills on already despoiled land(e.g. the industrial NJ Meadowlands)!...................But no, the deserts should not become industrial deserts and the mountain forests should not become industrial mountain forests!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,And meadows and farmland should not become industrial farmland in our zeal to find a "quick fix" to our fossil fuel addiction.............There has to be another way that will not further scar our land-----Your thoughts?


Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty  thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.  

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.” 
A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books,National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors . In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat— Megophthalmidia mckibbeni--in his honor.
A travesty to blow up our mountaintop forests,farm
land and deserts with industrial wind turbines and
solar panels--The viewpoint of Blogger Rick




Notes on the


difference between science 

and political science-

by-Bill Mckibben

Activists who oppose Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to drill for
 oil in the Arctic Ocean prepare their kayaks for the “Paddle
 in Seattle” protest on Saturday, May 16, 2015, in Seattle.
 | Photo by Daniella Beccaria, via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

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