Irene has dropped down to sixty miles an hour and did not topple the Empire State building or float away Battery Park or deluge Wall Street with the Hudson River. Not yet anyway. She seems to be losing steam and of course the hype has preceded the wallop and now both sides of the Global Warming Debate can have it. Incredible I have to use the word debate but there is still a debate as to whether or not the puny humans churning out greenhouse gases have done anything to the planet and of course it breaks down to party lines. Republicans don't believe anything we do causes change to the environment and Democrats believe everything we do affects it.
And really it is that simple. We have changed the environment ever since Henry Ford pushed the first Model T off his assembly line. Makes sense really. Where does all that exhaust go? I'm not a scientist and I have no data but you have to believe the earth will eventually fill up with all the stuff we put in the air. And all that stuff will cause a change. Very scientific. How about all the states now getting cooked with hundred plus days? Even the Texans have to stare at their parched landscape and wonder if them darn humans done something to the en-vi-ro-ment. Ricky Perry will assure them from his air conditioned office that everything is just the same as it always was.
But we know that is not true. Our storms are intense. The heat is blistering and the seas are warmer and the icecaps are melting. Even Mt. Kilimanjaro has lost it's snow. Hemingway would be bummed because The Snows of Kilamanjaro are no longer. But both sides will line up as Irene becomes a memory and the debate will continue. Maybe when we are all under water or floating in the ocean or living underground because the temperatures are too brutal for humans, then maybe the Republicans might grudgingly say,...alright, we might have done something...you know, to change things.
But I doubt it.