Posted with permission of the author. This editorial appeared in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 13, in the Odessa (Texas) American on Sept. 30 and in the Gilmer (Texas) Mirror on Sept. 27.

David Keeling is a member of the American Geographical Society’sWriters Circleand Distinguished Professor of Geography, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY42191-1066,USA. He can be reached at


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