When I leased my way cool Z3 convertible in August, I never imagined tooling to the local Lincroft Dunkin’ Donuts with the top down on January 5th. But that’s what I did this morning.
How cool is that? Answer: it’s not.
Whether it’s the jet steam, the El Nino effect or global warming, something is seriously amiss with our environment. Duffers are golfing in Chicago, flowers are blooming in New Jersey and women are wearing flip-flops on NYC streets.
Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE this weather. But, at what price? Having just rented and viewed Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth," I have a totally new perspective on, and appreciation of, global warming.
I realize that other parts of the country, particularly the Plains states and the Northwest, have been hard hit by foul weather, but c’mon. Based upon what I’ve seen and heard, Denver may have more snow right now than the polar ice caps.
What scares me is the continuing inertia from Washington, DC. As is usually the case, Congress doesn’t seem to be able to get its act together in terms of passing new, smart and comprehensive energy and environmental standards. Sure, individual corporations are doing their part, but mostly because they see sustainability as a smart business move and not an investment in our children’s future.
It’s a real conundrum. On the one hand, we revel in record-setting temperatures. On the other, we know that, deep down, something is rotten in Denmark (and everywhere else for that matter). There’s a meltdown in effect and if we don’t start taking it more seriously, the implications will be apocalyptic.
So, here’s hoping the President’s state of the union address will suggest new legislation and that the Democratic-controlled Congress will agree on some of the measures good old Al Gore has been advocating for years. If nothing else, the smarter politicians (oxymoron?) should realize that advocating for the environment is no longer considered "dangerous and wacky." The proof is everywhere. And, if the more cautious pols want to "test the waters," all they have to do is put the top down on their convertibles and cruise over to the local coffee shop.