Starting tomorrow, about 30,000 people a day will jam themselves onto 13-square-mile Kiawah Island and squeeze down a two-lane road to watch the world’s best golfers compete in the final major tournament of the year.
An unprecedented crisis faced America. Oil production was going to peak in just three to five years, resulting in foreign oil addiction and economic calamity. The scientist responsible for slapping the nation into consciousness implored industry and government to act: "The smug complacency that habitually blinds the American public must be torn," wrote David White, chief geologist of the U.S. Geological Survey. It was 1920.