I’m pleased that Betting the Farm has been reviewed by J. Scott Donahue for the Sierra Club. “More Americans believe in angels than in climate change, writes journalist Seamus McGraw in his new book, Betting the Farm on a Drought: Stories From the Front Lines of Climate Change (University of Texas Press, 2015). At the same time, many traditional American livelihoods—ranching, fishing, and farming, to name a few—are at risk from drought, overfishing, and superstorms.”
“McGraw’s old way of life in Washington Township, Pennsylvania, is long gone. What was once a sprawling family cattle pasture where he broke his first horse—and a few bones in the process—is now a shale fracking play. Ranch life, which defined his childhood, has been replaced by failed farms and groundwater pollution from injection fluid. And much like ranchland in the Texas Panhandle, he says, meaningful dialogue about this cultural change is running dry.”
You can read the review on the Sierra Club website.