Planet Kansas News

Voice of the Kansas Sierra Club

Where’s the Beef From?

Living in the Rocky Mountain West, I am used to breathtaking views. None takes my breath away as much as a 150,000-cow feedlot in southern Idaho. Even before I see it from the road, its stench overpowers me. Then I crest the hill and cattle in bleak pens sprawl to the horizon. It is a
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The End of Cheap Oil

At the end of the 18th century, Thomas Malthus predicted population growth would outpace food production, resulting in widespread starvation.  But within 50 years the industrial revolution was in full swing in England, powered by coal-fired steam engines.  In 1866, in Clarion County,
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The Passage to Fort Fernandina Louisiana

I am leading groups down the Arkansas River for fun.  We will follow the French and Indian expeditions of 1719-1780 from the area now known as Wichita, Kansas, to the area now known as Traders Bend on Kaw Lake, Oklahoma.  The later was known as Fort Fernandina, Louisiana, in 1719 when
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Delegates Choose Clean Energy as Club’s Top Priority

Foreword by Tom Valtin, Senior Editor of The Planet (National Sierra Club) September 12, 2005 – Whew! We here at Club headquarters are all energized (if a bit ragged) following the 4-day Sierra Summit.  In addition to a productive direction-setting process and dozens of lively,
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Elitists Unite!

I never thought I’d be defending the habits of America’s rich and well to do, but a recent New York Times op-ed (July 22, 2005) got my dander up.  A cook book author, Julie Powell, equates promotion of locally grown organic foods with economic elitism.  She states, “What makes the sno
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