In the last half of the 19th century, whales were facing extinction. They were hunted in large part because their oil was the best, most affordable illuminant available to growing western nations. One man more than any other headed off their extinction, a man whose picture should be in on the wall of every Greenpeace office: John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Company.Read the whole thing. You'll also learn about the man who ended a government monopoly and brought lower prices to consumers.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Warren Meyer of Coyote Blog has a column in Forbes about The Man Who Saved the Whales: