Where are the global-warming wingnuts? They ignore their favorite fantasy in the middle of winter but come out in droves (like locusts) when the weather warms up. Folks, it's called "summer."
Case in point, Florida manatees are in trouble. It seems that exposure to water temperatures below 68 degrees for long periods can cause a condition called manatee cold-stress syndrome, which can result in death. This bitter cold winter is affecting the manatee population, but where is the outrage?
I guess if you're an attractive and photogenic polar bear then you get all the attention from the "Warmers." However, if you're a manatee (not the world's best-looking mammal) then you can go freeze to death for all they care. School children will not be asked to write letters pleading with algore to save you because it doesn't fit in the "Warmers" agenda.
Posted by chicken little, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Jan 11, 2010 at 8:43 am
The answer, of course, is that the manatees' current problems stem from the very temporary phenomenon of "weather" and the polar bears' threatened extinction comes as a result of longer term "climate" change. For still other man-made and more natural reasons, manatees as a species are in trouble. Web Link
Now, if Hal is right in his four propositions, the cold snap back east may well derive from seasonal over-warming in the southern hemisphere. So, you see -- it's all connected.
And, just to debunk your other concern about kids not caring for manatees, I give you zach's contribution to Ms. Thomas's second-grade poetry exercise: Web Link
Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet, a resident of another community, on Jan 11, 2010 at 10:08 am Ralph N. Shirlet is a member (registered user) of Danville Express
Going back many years to Napa Senior High School, there was a question often asked among classmates that sticks around today, "WE? Do you have a mouse in your pocket?" The definition of WE, like other pronouns, often qualifies the authority of an individual. It is quite easy politically to use WE to make one's opinions more important because of an unknown group of supporters. Ah, but when the supporters are identified and the research resources are presented, then readers can qualify the value of the commentator's position.
If scientists were the WE in support of evidence of global warming's impact on hot and cold weather around the world, there would 917 experts with exceptional studies for public review and thousands of scientists and technologists that are designing resolution of such temperature-caused weather changes in documents for study and implementation by world governments.
WE needs to be defined in references for readers' study.
Posted by Reader, a resident of the Walnut Creek neighborhood, on Jan 12, 2010 at 8:42 am
With all do respect, if anyone is using this forum as a method of study, then that would be very very discouraging. People should go out and find information for themselves and then add valuable insight to the dialogue on this forum