Being a believer in the idea of climate change, I think the cold snap of that we've been having is just the Northeast's last gasp before we start having winters similar to North Carolina.
But in the meantime, I'm freezing. No, really, I can't get warm. I perform my duties painfully cold at work and it's an inside job. It's not like I'm flagging down traffic at a roadside construction site -- and thank God, because I would accidentally have traffic all drive at once just to create a fire so I could warm myself.
Not letting the facts get in the way of a good story is my motto about global warming. I have no real basis of information to gather my opinion, it's just what I believe. It's just like my belief that Peter Pan is the best peanut butter you can buy: No real proof for such a bold statement, just my belief. But what are the facts about global warming and climate change, since they both are related?
It's a proven fact that the Earth's temp has gone up faster than a thermometer on a radiator since 1980. And it's also proven that the cause of this warming is the greenhouse gases produced by burning fossil fuels and deforestation. You know, I'm kind of sexy when I'm smart.
A cold snap in the middle of our winter is meaningless when you consider that the warming of the Earth is causing the ice caps to melt, flooding the coastline and giving us about a 40-mile drive to the ocean. Think about that. You could be at the ocean in 45 minutes from the southern Massachusetts border.
Global warming has its perks. So this cold spell that we just went through is futile in the scheme of things because it will average out when it's 95 for five straight days in July. Just the same, I freeze as if I were spumoni.
I know what you're thinking. What's the good news, Johnnie? Well sports fans, there is none. We've already seen the effects of global warming. One of the effects is extreme weather, including droughts, heat waves and superstorms. I thought getting paunchy was bad.
The question we should be asking is are we doing enough to change the current state of warming? Do we have a second chance to save this place we call home? I'm not sure if we can reverse this eco-mess we're in.
Big corporations are supposed to be worried about leaving a carbon footprint. But that all seems like Spam though an air hose if you ask me. Hybrid cars are making the scene more and more and they are becoming more affordable to the people about two levels up from me on the socioeconomic pole of life. But are we really doing enough?
Who cares? I'm freezing and wearing PJ bottoms to work under my jeans, and that's not enough either.
What can a guy like me, who drives an old Ford pickup truck, do to help save the planet?
First of all, you can change out those old incandescent light bulbs with those curly compact florescent ones that are just not bright enough. Is that really going to make a difference? Is planting one tree going to save us from more superstorms named after my ex-wife?
At globalwarming-facts.info, you can find the top 50 things you can do to help stop the warming. And all 50 are chores that you can do around the house on a Saturday, which leaves me out. Work around the house? The list includes things like installing a programmable thermostat -- those weird box-like things that are harder to operate than an iPhone. They also ask you to use less hot water when showering. So, it looks like my son is responsible for global warming.
Let's forget that it's been a cold winter and were only half way through. Forget that the recent frozen weather we've been having has sucked the life out of us and how a nice day in the 40s would go a long way to picking up our mood. The harsh reality is the earth is warming, even as we freeze.
Johnnie Carrier is a freelance writer who also wants you to relax because pitchers and catchers report to camp soon -- maybe.