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In the morning of 13 May 1908, several hundred of the US’s leaders and opinion-makers were gathered in the East Room of the White House in Washington DC. In fact, the room was packed, and among those present were governors from each of the nation’s 44 states and selected members of Congress. There were also members of the Supreme Court and the cabinet, as well as experts in natural resources. It was a fantastic turnout, but for a good reason, for the day’s topic was a looming national crisis: the US’ imminent depletion of natural resources.217

The atmosphere was very hopeful now, because attendees ...

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