Sunday, January 07, 2007

Just a Warm Winter or Global Warming?

Denver may be cold and getting its share of snow but if you look at the price of oil, it's been dropping because for most Americans it's been a relatively warm winter and natural gas and heating fuel have been needed less than usual. Global warming is a longterm trend and no weather event can be directly tied to it. Still, it could be a sign of things to come. Think Progress says Congress may now start taking Global Warming more seriously:
This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “is considering setting up a special committee in the House to deal with climate change and global warming.”

Also on ABC, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) called climate change “the most serious environmental problem” we face... ...

USA Today has a story on the temperatures, though it doesn't say much about Global Warming:
Bill Weigle's tree service in Lyndeborough, N.H., usually delivers five to 10 cords of firewood a day this time of year. He's sold only one in the past two weeks.


The combination of El Niño and global warming prompted Britain's Meteorological Office to say Thursday that 2007 could become the hottest year ever recorded. It said there is a 60% chance to break the record set in 1998, when global temperatures were 1.2 degrees warmer than the long-term average.

I can't say it's been all that warm in California. In fact, there have been a few days in the last few weeks that have been chilly, at least for us. I half-facetiously tell my wife it's those glaciers melting in Alaska—all that icy water is flowing to the sea and the currents are carrying all that cold water down our way—so it's still global warming...I think. I have no idea if my pet theory is true, but it sounds good!

Then there's Susie of Suburban Guerilla who says the temperatures reached 72 in Phily. That's warmer than my part of California!

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Excellent post, with excellent insights about how to deal effectively with clannish folks.

It's ironic Bush and Cheney are so ignorant of the dynamic, since they are clannish folks.

BTW, I suspect one as yet unpublicized motivation for Bush to get cracking with more troops to reduce the violence in Baghdad and Anbar is that Saudi Arabia's prince-in-charge has told him to do do it, or else. His highness doesn't like the way things are going for fellow Sunnis in Iraq.

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