They may previously have appreciated it more for its culinary value, but the French are discovering a new green form of transport: the humble horse. More than 70 French towns have already gone back to the future by introducing horse-drawn carriages to replace petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles for local tasks such as collecting rubbish, street-cleaning and taking children to school. And at least 30 more are set to join the revolution next year.
The French are beating the US again. It was foresighted when they left Vietnam, built public transport, supported the US during the revolution and embraced nuclear power. Why not look at the French model again? Ohio has been making it difficult for the manufacturing and agriculture to survive and when energy costs are rising all locally based transportation options should be considered. I have blogged about the horse business on numerous occasions and recently the DDN had an article and a letter to the editor concerning a decline in the horse business in Ohio.
While the world is coming to grips with declining energy, Dayton and Montgomery County continue embrace ideas that will destroy local farm land and further exacerbate the reliance on the automobile. Why not utilize the Fairgrounds as a transportation and area for local agricultural enhancement?
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