Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and
rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine,
and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this
are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or
they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities
will not happen, that they will somehow be set aside by the
righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day
they harbored such a delusion.
- Ezra Taft Benson
Slightly less than two months ago, NASA and NOAA released the result of their independent analyses, which confirmed that in the one hundred and thirty-six year era of modern record keeping, the Earth's surface temperatures in 2016 were the warmest ever recorded. For good measure, the two agencies' results confirmed that 2016 was the third consecutive year to earn the title of "Hottest Year Ever".
Twenty-one days ago, on February 17, 2017, the United States Senate confirmed former State of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The vote was 52-46. One Democrat, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and one Republican, John McCain of Arizona abstained. Fifty of the fifty-two Republican Senators voted "Yes". Two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, also voted in favor of his confirmation. The only Republican Senator who voted against Pruitt's confirmation was Susan Collins of Maine. Forty-four Democrats voted against Pruitt. The two Independents in the Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, also voted "No".
Today, here in the State of Concrete Gardens, Old Man Winter is predicted to give us the once-over, two or three times in fact. Undoubtedly, the freezing temperatures and wintry precipitation shall lead a certain percentage of people who call this state home to chuckle aloud about the "alternative fact" of global warming. There is a name for those people. I am too polite to utter it aloud but it sounds an awful lot like "fucking morons".
Two days ago, NOAA released data that confirmed February, 2017's status as the second warmest February ever recorded. Yesterday, EPA Administrator Pruitt, during an interview on the CNBC program, "Squawk Box", said, " I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see."
Whether the possibility that Pruitt is profoundly stupid enough to believe what he said or intellectually dishonest enough to know that what he said is not simply wrong - but untrue - and he said it anyway is irrelevant. Either way, a man well-positioned to fuck all of us, irrespective of political affiliation, has unequivocally expressed his willingness to do it.