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Ice Skating Down the Bayou

The President-elect is unable to join the 11,000 politicians, business big-wigs, and environmentalists meeting in Poznan, Poland right now for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). But at least some politicians in the southern states are free to catch up on the proceedings via TV, radio, and Internet – seeing as government offices in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi have been closed due to crippling snowstorms.

The snow is expected to reach about 8 inches later in the day, which should be right around the time some statesman in Poznan gets behind a podium to decry America’s indifference to the earth’s certain infernal demise. Oops, that happened already:

“We are looking to the United States to step out of the dark ages of inaction and become a leading light on climate change,” said Apilsai Ielemia, the prime minister of Tuvalu, a small island-state facing rising seas.

“For years, people have been saying that the United States of America has to lead. They soon will,” said President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana.

Sure – as soon as we dig ourselves out from under the Dixie blizzard. I know, I know: Extreme winters are a sign of “climate change.” Except mild winters are also a sign of climate change. Whatever truth there is to global warming, it isn’t inconvenient. It’s the most easily adaptable “crisis” ever discovered. Not only is it supported by the only scientific theory to be confirmed by contradictory data, but its adherents don’t have to worry about defending themselves, because as Barack Obama recently said, “The science is beyond dispute.” And the solution fits into a wildly popular pre-existing paradigm: blame America, then ask it for things. In the meantime, let’s hope New Orleans has learned a thing or two about how to handle extreme weather.


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