SNOW LACKING: For start of annual race.
The New York Times brings further anecdotal news
about the warming planet:
Organizers of the Iditarod dogsled race
in Alaska had to bring in a trainload of dirty snow to put down for the ceremonial parade opening of the race in
Anchorage. All over Alaska there's been an absence of deep cold and snow
Winter here is changing rapidly. Of the six warmest November-to-January seasons in Alaska since 1925, three have been in a row, including this one. Anchorage this year had its fourth-warmest February on record — at 29.9 degrees, almost 10 degrees above average — with little snow for weeks.
This is more of the same — to go along with, for example, shifting growing zones for plant life, rising sea levels, melting polar ice and the disappearance of glaciers in Glacier National Park.
In Arkansas — and many other places — the dominant political belief is that man has nothing to do with this and that the government must not interfere with industrial processes that produce greenhouse gases that could be a factor. Some day — perhaps too late — mankind will know if, for example, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
and her campaign against cleaner air — had a better idea about science than our own lying eyes.