Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Cost of New 109,000 Acre Wilderness Area: 1 Hour and 44 Minutes of the Iraq War

The title says it all. In an outstandingly concrete and appropriately shocking op-ed piece in the Seattle Times, freelance writer Cameron Castle describes his calculation comparing the cost of a new wilderness area in Washington state to the Iraq war...

The 109,000 acre wilderness area would cost taxpayers the same amount of money currently being spent in Iraq in 1 hour and 44 minutes!

Given our increasing body of knowledge on the value of wilderness for the ecosystem services it provides, the wilderness bill is an unbelievable bargain that will benefit America's ecosystems and people alike.

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