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  1. And ‘they’ said it couldn’t be done.

  2. America needs, and can’t get enough of, Americans like George Mitchell. That being said, since he was an industrious, self-made man from Texas, I don’t believe that Mr. Mitchell would appreciate having the term “Yankee” applied to him. I say this in respect to Southern sensibilities.

  3. Jon Murphy

    Ah that’s too bad. May he rest in peace.

  4. marmico

    According to the National Academies of Science, “In the 1970s [Mitchell] helped sponsor the work of Dennis Meadows, whose Club of Rome study The Limits to Growth was a global wake-up call on the pressing need for sustainable energy technologies and food sources worldwide.”[12]

    Working with Meadows and other national leaders Mitchell created The Woodlands Conference series and the International George and Cynthia Mitchell Prize, both dedicated to sustainable development. He was particularly interested in the role of the business community in creating sustainable societies. The Mitchells also underwrote the National Academies’ Our Common Journey: A Transition Toward Sustainability,[13] the 1999 report that defined the role of science and technology in moving toward sustainability. As a follow-up to Our Common Journey, Mitchell donated $20 million to create the George and Cynthia Mitchell Endowment for Sustainability Science at the National Academy of Sciences committed to advancing science and technology in support of sustainable development.[14] Mitchell also founded the Houston Advanced Research Center that explores strategies for sustainable development at the regional level. He donated $25 million to the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science to support HARC’s work in sustainability science. Mitchell donated part of his wealth to the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, which supports programs for the efficient and wise use of Earth’s resources.[15]

    1. Steven Hales

      One area of expertise does not guarantee expertise in another.

      1. Steven Hales

        And isn’t it ironic that the increase in production that Mitchell’s pioneering efforts have resulted is the very thing being used to discredit the notion of peak resources which is the cornerstone concept of the notion of sustainability itself which is one of many popular beliefs which have no factual basis.

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