There is so much going on in the news right now I don’t know where to begin. From the new statue of Obama as a 10-year-old in Jakarta to Chris Matthews railing about “white tribalism” from a network that’s never met a black anchor it liked, from Democrats crying murder at conservatives against healthcare reform with bogus horror stories to the SEIU-backed immigration bill that Democrats are trying to push despite unemployment levels at an all-time high, I’m not sure where to begin.
Just over a week ago, my uncle Kenny called me from Houston. He was absolutely stunned: it was snowing for the first time in nearly a decade. It wasn’t just snowing, though…it was sticking, and there was enough for my aunt Jennifer and cousin Judy to build a snowman at the family ranch. I watched the news that night to see my hometown transformed into a winter wonderland, a place I couldn’t recognize because I couldn’t see the skyline for all the snow falling.
(It is definitely worth mentioning that Houston voted to elect its first-ever gay mayor, Annise Parker, though I will reserve support for her until I am able to find out more about her positions on key issues that affect my city. She is a Democrat.)
While the biggest snowfall in a decade blanketed Houston, extreme low temperatures were recorded in other parts of the country–and a big pow-wow started in Copenhagen, Denmark. The UN held its first-ever global climate change summit. It’s still going on.
Al Gore made an ass of himself (yes, again). He said this:
“These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”
It gets better. The doctor he quoted came back, stunned, to say that there were no actual figures to support this announcement. Dr. Maslowski said that the numbers given by Gore were “ballpark estimates” given in a discussion they’d had several years ago. The good doctor admitted openly that there was no actual data to prove any of this. And doctors from the NOAA soundly rebuked Gore’s nonsense.
While this was going on, the leaders of third-world countries walked out in protest. Why? They were angry over the lack of progress on drafting legally binding emissions targets for rich nations like the US. In other words, they were pitching a fit because all the money they are slated to get if this deal goes through–money to be paid by countries like ours to these poorer countries ostensibly to defray the costs of scaling back carbon emissions, amounts which will end up being enormous–isn’t guaranteed. In short they were angry that payday might not come as some other countries promised. Who wouldn’t walk out?
When my parents were kids, global cooling was all the rage. If we didn’t do something about how were were treating the planet we were going to see the next ice age. Now, a couple of generations later, we’re at the other end of the spectrum. Most scientists say that data points to the idea that the planet goes through these cycles regularly–cooling and warming–to balance itself out. I think our continual obsession with our ability to destroy the planet is little more than narcissism.