Blue skies, smilin’ at me,
Nothin’ but blue skies
Do I see!
Man, this is February, and we have every single window in the house wide open. What is going on here? The West Coast is getting hammered with rain such as they haven’t seen in over ten years. One of their artificial, man-made lakes looks like somebody pulled the plug in the giant bathtub, and what had been a pipe for skateboard dudes now looks more like a surfer’s paradise. The temperature here in the east has been in the 60s the past couple of days and may remain darn near that high through the weekend. However, I want you to know that there is no such thing as climate change…oh, really?
Chunks of glaciers the size of the state of Rhode Island are breaking off. The polar bears are struggling to find food because there are no ice floes on which they can walk. The number of penguins in the Antarctic has shrunk from twelve thousand to five thousand, but word out of Washington is “Climate change is a hoax.” Oh, and, according to a highly placed Washington source, all of the people who are speaking up at these Republican Congressmen’s Town Hall Meetings are paid, professional agitators who are just trying to cause trouble. What I’m waiting for right now is for Mr. Trump to tweet that he is responsible for the wonderful weather we’re experiencing on the East Coast and that Hillary and the DNC are responsible for the downpours and the snowstorms on the West Coast. Can’t you just hear him speaking publicly…”Yes, we worked very, very hard to make up for Mike Flynn’s terrible mistakes by bringing good weather to the East. We wanted very, very badly to bring good weather to the entire country, but professional agitators, led by Crooked Hillary and the Democratic Party snuck in to the West Coast before we could get there. I’ve sent my very, very best man – he’s very, very intelligent and hard working – he’s Scott Pruitt, the head of the environment protection agency, and he’s going to stop in South Dakota to shoot a few ‘injuns’ (Oh, I’m not supposed to say that?) before he swings over to speak with Jerry Brown my good, good friend and the governor of California, and together they’re going to straighten this rain and snow thing out.”
It seems rather strange to me that Trump would nominate for the position of EPA head, a man who, as Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma, repeatedly sued the EPA in an attempt to block the previous administration’s rules intended to protect the nation’s air and water. According to a couple of sources, “In all but one of these 14 cases, regulated industry players also were parties. And these companies or trade associations in 13 of these cases were also financial contributors to Mr. Pruitt’s political causes.” As an example, Pruitt sued to block a standard that limits emissions of mercury from power plants, which the EPA has estimated will prevent as many as 11,00o premature deaths per year. Oh, did I forget to mention that he also received campaign contributions from the co-petitioners in this lawsuit? In fact, it appears that all of the Pruitt lawsuits were connected in some way to his campaign contributors. I don’t know about you, but I cannot imagine putting someone as anti-EPA in charge of that particular organization…can you say, “Let’s allow the fox to guard the henhouse?”
It doesn’t matter. What will be will be. Who really cares if we have a Secretary of State who has no diplomatic training of any kind? Who gives a damn that the United States Attorney General is a racist? Does it really matter that our Secretary of Education has no background in public school education? No, none of these things matter, because in four years, we’ll probably all be dead because our head of the Environmental Protection Agency will have poisoned our air and water by rolling back all of the rules and restrictions that have been keeping us reasonably safe since its founding on December 2, 1970.
In the meantime, I fully intend to enjoy the beautiful warm days of February. I’ll go to the beach and get my tan, although the 36 degree water may be a little too cool for my liking. I will not put away my winter coats because I figure I may need them come July. Wonder what the next chapter will bring?