My full disclosure statement: One of my college minors was in natural resources so I've studied air, water, and soil quality as well as environmental law and science. I took these courses in the early 1970s. Believe it or not, environmental science has been around a long time. My second minor was in political science. Politicians have been around even longer than environmental science. Sigh.
In spite of the cold, I went out this morning to run a couple of errands. Bundled up, booted, and muffled (or is that mufflered?), I drove to the drugstore and the bank. As usual, I had the radio on a local talk radio station. So there I was, on nearly the coldest day I've experienced since we moved to Northern Colorado, and I'm listening to Al Gore tell me the Arctic ice cap is melting and will be gone within ten years, that "climate change deniers" (or is that denyers?) are misguided, and carbon dioxide is known to trap heat and is doing so here on earth as we speak.
I started to weep from the sadness of it all, but the heater had not yet raised the temperature inside my car. My tears froze on my face.
Maybe I misunderstood Mr. Gore's words. My ear muffs were on pretty tight.
By the way, I heard a rumor earlier that there was going to be a wonderful event in Copenhagen where you could shake hands with Mr. Gore and get your photo taken for slightly more than $1,200. Then I heard the event had been cancelled. As a matter of fact, I understand Mr. Gore will not be attending the Copenhagen festival at all due to an unforeseen scheduling problem. Darn. Oh, well, maybe he'll come to Colorado and shake my hand for free.
Oops, forgot to take off those tight earmuffs. Smushed all my brain cells.
Just for the pure fun of it, I looked up the comparative sales ranks on barnesandnoble.com for four of today's best-selling authors of controversial politically-motivated hardcover books to see who's making the big bucks (note that President Obama's book was published in 2006 so he'd receive a bonus if we weighted the results):
As of the time of this post, here's what I found:
Sarah Palin, Going Rogue. November 2009. Sales rank: 2
Glenn Beck, Arguing With Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government. September 2009. Sales Rank: 24
Barack Obama, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. October, 2006. Sales Rank: 4,408
Al Gore, Our Choice. November 2009. Sales Rank 23,368
1. Don't spend $1,200 to shake a politician's hand.
2. Read lots of books (but if you want to read any of the four above, I recommend checking them out of the library).
3. Remove your earmuffs from time to time, especially if they're really tight.