Roots of mighty oaks push up through New Orleans sidewalks while trees in the metropolis often tower above nearby buildings. Nearly half of Louisiana, in fact, is covered with forests, and the southern U.S. as a whole is considered the nation's wood basket.
We do not yet have the technology we need to create a renewable energy economy. Someday we will. The question is how fast can we get there, and how much of the planet's ecosystem will remain intact when we do?
Little did the residents of the rural U.S. communities know, when the gas industry rolled into their communities a few years ago to frack and drill their land, that they were simply pawns in the industry's larger plan to export this shale gas to overseas markets.