The unraveling of the earth's heritage can be stopped, we think, by the attitudes and steps our contributors espouse here. People do not have to go on being profligate with resources that are not to be renewed. This is especially true about oil, the unique resource that pervades present-day thinking and that made today's industrial-age euphoria possible. They can stretch it instead, to fuel the transition to other, enduring ways of getting along with the earth. North American oil is but a small part of the recoverable oil left on earth. Although we in the United States are quite capable of using all fossil fuels before our next centennial, we have more admirable capabilities.


David R. Brower