Oil Power: An Eco-Revolution
Published on June 19, 2017
The rise of petroleum-powered transport was an environmental boon.
AURA INGALLS WILDER’S The Long Winter is generally regarded as the most historically accurate book of her semi-autobiographical Little House on the Prairie series. The Long Winter tells the story of how the inhabitants of De Smet (present-day South Dakota) narrowly avoided starvation during the severe winter of 1880-81, when a series of blizzards dumped nearly three and a half metres of snow on the northern plains — immobilizing trains and cutting off settlers from the rest of the world. Faced with an imminent food shortage,
Laura and her neighbours learned that a sizable amount of wheat was available within.... continue reading