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Did Fossil Fuels Save the Whales?

Keith Gaby | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

"Save the Whales" was a rallying cry of 1970's environmentalism. The great sea mammals had been hunted to the brink of extinction and grassroots activists rallied to save them. But there might not have been any whales left to protect if the world hadn't embraced petroleum in place of whale oil a century earlier.