Our “Buckeye Back Roads Tour” continues… The following are a couple vignettes from the past several weeks: In a park in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, during a Little League Baseball game, I was passing out campaign cards between innings when one middle aged man stopped me and said: “I killed Lincoln.” That’s right, it gave me pause too — especially because we haven’t been assigned a Secret Service detail yet. He then smiled, shook my hand and said his name was: “John Booth.” “Must have been a little rough at school,” I smiled back. As coincidence would have it, we traveled the Old Lincoln Highway later that afternoon passing out more cards and putting up fliers… Later in Port Clinton, Ohio, I noticed a bumper sticker on a car outside a coffee shop there. It read: “Factory farms are the biggest source of global warming. Go Vegan!” I went inside and asked. (I’m like that.) The woman who owned the car said because of the large number of cows’ combined flatulations (or, put another way…), big methane plumes are continually rising. And methane is way more toxic, global warming wise, than carbon dioxide. (I’d read that too.) And what’s more, there is concern because of global warming, that the Pacific sea bed will soon thaw enough to release massive amounts of methane trapped below — which could be catastrophic. So what do we do? We could stop putting beans in the cow feed, or, say, we could go to a sane, multi-dimensional approach to curbing global warming in general. That is, on the front end we could outlaw factory farms and we could initially sacrifice our energy use in general, even if that means energy rationing at first. I mean we rationed for the war effort in World War II, and this is another type of ‘war.’ A war on the environment. In addition, we could exponentially step up the development and use of clean, renewable energy (solar, wind, wave action…) Being good environmental stewards will ensure a world for our children — if it’s not already too late. For more, see our position paper on energy.