The U.S. Congress is generally skeptical of climate change, despite fairly solid proof of global warming and, citing the possibility of economic disruption, has refused to go along with Obama and Clinton administration initiatives to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.
The effort to build support for a broad-based climate-change bill seems peculiarly snake bit. Just as the public seems prepared to accept some kind of national action plan, some convulsion of nature comes out of left field or, in the current case, the North Pole to puncture popular support.
The Obama White House has been quietly using executive action and regulation to force cuts in carbon pollution and strengthen its hand in an upcoming United Nations summit to put teeth in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, intended to be a binding climate-change treaty. Then came the “polar vortex,” a whirlpool of frigid air that normally roams the Arctic but, for some reason this winter, decided to pay a visit to the lower 48 states, bringing record and near-record cold to more than half the nation.
Scientists caution that global warming, while perhaps responsible for more weather extremes, is a long-term trend and not a short-term predictor of weather. But the public is not concerned with long-term trends so much as what is being dumped in their driveways right now. It might be superstition, but the ultra-cautious might want to brace for the winter of 2015-2016. The U.N. has scheduled a global climate summit for December 2015 in France. Lay in supplies accordingly.
– The Memphis Commercial Appeal