Last Wednesday, Washington, D.C., had a major snowstorm that closed airports and schools and shut down the government. Today, temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-60s … and yes, it’s February.
It used to always be cold, but with global warming, when it gets cold today, we think it’s colder than usual. Which means, were getting used to global warming. Like the frog in boiling water.
Hey, folks. That sudden jolt Al Gore is talking about is our freaking out about cold temperatures that were once something we were used to.
Which means we’re acclimating to warmer weather.
Which means the planet is warming.
A long, long time ago, when I was young and stupid, I visited a guy in Florida who raised wild animals that performed in television shows and movies. So, as part of the story I was writing, I went into a cage with a lion and with a tiger.
The thing I learned was to make sure the animals had already been fed, and to keep the guy who owned the animals between me and the “pet” at all times.
With that in mind, I still think the guy in this video does not want to be out and about in the wild on a day when these animals are hungry.
It’s not so cheery (click to englarge. From the BBC):
It’s cold outside. I hate cold weather. Right now, it’s 2 below zero in Louisville and 21 in Washington, so if I passed out outside, I’d probably freeze to death a couple of minutes faster in Louisville.
But in Washington, it’s windy. Can someone explain the wind chill factor to me?
OK, so with a 25 mile an hour wind, it’s the equivalent of 3 degrees in D.C., and a 15 mile an hour wind it’s the equivalent of 24 below in Louisville.
So passing out is not an option in either place.
For some reason, the only thing I remember about the cold is at 30 below zero in 30 mile an hour winds, flesh freezes in 30 seconds.
I’m frozen, and it didn’t take that long and it didn’t get that cold.
Oh, yeah. And if someone says “Al Gore is fat,” I’m gonna punch him in the mouth.
Oh, you didn’t understand that. That’s because the pope is from Argentina and speaks Spanish. You know, the language that the America firsters don’t want anybody using in the country, even though it’s the world’s fourth most used language. (All right, the order of the most used languages is Cantonese, English, Hindi-Urdu and Spanish. But the argument can be made that English and Spanish are the first and second global languages because they’re actually used all over the world.)
Anyway. Recycling is good. The pope says so. In Spanish (he speaks Italian and German as well. English, nope).
- Pope Francis Praises Recycling As Good For The Environment (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Pope praises recycling in video for ‘cartoneros’ (euronews.com)
- Pope makes amateur video for ‘cartoneros,’ praises recycling as good for environment, dignity (foxnews.com)
- Pope: Recycling good for environment, for workers (azfamily.com)
It’s like this:
I wonder what happened to the camera?
In a .gif:
This many drivers can be transported in a streetcar. That’s a lot of emissions avoided. (Via the Atlantic.)