And we all know what August is like. Welcome to summertime in Mississippi. Actually, the humidity has not been bad – yet. Yet. This all comes after a relatively warm winter across the country. We were 5.5 degrees warmer this past winter than the 20th century norm. And we have the mosquitoes to prove it.
The temptation when temperatures go over triple digits for an extended period of time is to say that’s proof that there is such a phenomenon as “global warming.” The problem is Northeast Mississippi is not the globe. Neither is the United States.
Europe, for example, has just experienced two of its coldest winters on record the last two years. Time magazine wrote about this: “Across the Atlantic, much of Europe is suffering through a winter of historic – and deadly – proportions. Over 600 people have died from the intense cold that has gripped the continent over the past few weeks, with the most severe toll recorded in Eastern Europe.
“Over 5,000 Russians have suffered from hypothermia or frostbite while the country has seen 20 days of unusually cold weather when temperatures fell 13°F to 25°F below normal, and Moscow on Feb. 13 endured temperatures of -4°F. (It could be worse though – temperatures in the northern Russian city of Toko fell to -63°F.) In Central Europe, the commercially vital Danube River froze for hundreds of miles, from Austria to its mouth in the Black Sea, forcing officials to take chain saws to the ice. Things are so bad in Hungary that the central bank has been compressing billions of old notes into briquettes that can be burned for heat. If the climate’s still warming – and it is – word didn't get to Europe.”
I do not believe in man-made global warming. Neither do 31,487 American scientists and 9,029 of those have PhDs. (Visit the website www.petitionproject.org for proof.) I believe a large portion of what is called the “environmental movement” is really a cover for socialists who want to control the American economic machine in the name of keeping the planet from burning up. Who, after all, is for the planet burning up?
I am distinguishing here between the traditional conservationists who want to safeguard clean air, clean water and who are against public littering and dumping and those who want to stop oil exploration and production is the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska.
President Obama recently blocked the Keystone XL pipeline that would have brought jobs to America and oil from Canada. Obama said of the pipeline rejection, “This announcement is not a judgment on the merits of the pipeline, but the arbitrary nature of a deadline that prevented the State Department from gathering the information necessary to approve the project and protect the American people.
“I'm disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my administration's commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil.”
Did you notice that the president did not say dependence on “foreign oil,” but rather on oil period? That was the real reason why he rejected the pipeline. He loathes oil and the oil companies often called “Big Oil” by the political left. Obama’s “concern” for people’s safety was a ruse.
The reality is America is going to need oil for a long, long, long time. We need a president who is not at war with this reality.
Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at email@example.com.