As I was blowing out my driveway in the 30-below windchill the other day, I was reminded of how resilient we have become. It was only 10 years ago when we were sitting under the sweltering heat of one of the hottest years on record.
Thank goodness for the foresight of the eco-warriors like Al Gore out there who warned us of this impending doom of global warming. It's almost incomprehensible that in a mere decade we could change our lifestyles to the point that we could return to a "normal" winter!
Imagine -- snowstorms in Arizona, five feet of snow in South Dakota in one storm, ice storms knocking out power all over the place. What a huge credit to us! Who would have thought that a few "green" cars, making billions of gallons of ethanol, and controlling our breathing to emit less carbon dioxide could have such an impact.
What's even more ironic is the fact that the big oil companies, with their $4 to $5 a gallon fuel prices this summer have reduced fuel usage (and carbon dioxide emissions) to the point that they were a driving force in putting one of the final nails in the coffin of global warming.
Image how far we might be able to go with this. Continuing this trend could theoretically extend the habitat of the polar bears all the way down to the Sunburg/Brooten area. We can only keep our fingers crossed. Hope you all have a prosperous and chilly new year.