Life's Rich Ironies
Two of the things that President Bush is known for are his cowboy nature and his insistence that climate change is nothing to worry about. Now, it turns out that climate change is driving up the price of cowboy hats
:But good quality beaver and rabbit furs - which are used to make felt for the hats - are increasingly hard to find, making it more expensive to be a well-dressed cowboy.
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The best quality fur comes from the beaver's underbelly, where the fur grows thick to protect the animal in the cold winter months. With winters around the world warmer than they have been in the past, the pelts are not as full as they were decades ago.
"It's a fact that if it's a warmer season, the fur is not as good quality," said Jack Kellogg, a custom hat manufacturer in Wichita, Kan., whose hand-crafted hats under the Hatman Jack's label are worn by a host of Western celebrities.