Yesterday USA Today started an eye-opening series on the reality of global warming. A few weeks ago, the Cleveland Plain Dealer did an article on Case Western Reserve University professor Ted Steinberg and his new book: American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn. Some statistics in this were just as eye opening as the USA Today piece. For instance: A car would have to drive at 30 mph for 7,700 miles to create as many polluting hydrocarbon emissions as using a gas powered leaf blower for half an hour (you read that right). [Good argument for going back to rakes, huh.] Americans spend $40 billion on lawn care each year, more than the gross domestic product of Vietnam. [Are we nuts?] And this isn’t even mentioning the exorbitant amount of global warming gases being spewed by conventional (non-emission controlled) lawn mowers. [Call me “retro,” but remember those old, non-engine push mowers? I just used one to cut the grass Tuesday.] And as far as the gas powered weed wackers? Does anyone remember (dare I say) sickles?… Some “average Joe” common sense: If we don’t want global warming — then we have to stop doing stuff that causes global warming.