Tuesday, March 30, 2010

But Who Speaks for the Weather?

Today’s topical Tuesday entry is a response to today’s article in The New York Times titled “Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming” by Leslie Kaufman, March 29, 2010.
Link to article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/30/science/earth/30warming.html?th&emc=th

It appears that the global warming theory is taking hits from an unlikely source: the nation’s weathermen and weatherwomen. According to the NY Times article “Among Weathercasters, Doubt on Warming” by Leslie Kaufman, a recent study revealed that “more than a quarter of the [nation’s] weathercasters…agreed with the statement ‘Global warming is a scam.’”

Naturally, this is of great concern to those who believe in global warming. Why? Because poor, simple-minded saps all over America—myself included, I suppose—are sitting on our couches eating potatoes and trusting our TVs to tell us what to think. And our TVs are inhabited by a large portion of weather-people who don’t believe in global warming. We are in great danger that these people may express their right to freedom of expression by telling us their opinions. We poor, simple-minded Americans might actually consider two sides of the story instead of just one. And we might even form our own opinion instead of letting someone else form our opinions for us.

This would be a bummer for Al Gore if he hadn’t already won his Oscar. And personally, I would expect it to be a bummer to researchers who were hoping to get money to study something like—oh, I don’t know, cancer?—and had to study Al Roker instead. But I digress.

I know the global-warmers are going to demand a solution for this problem in public opinion. I, for one, am a little disturbed by what I expect that solution to be. But it’s inevitable. Soon and very soon, I am going to tune into the news for the local weather report, and I’m going to find myself staring into the eyes of Sean Penn. He’ll be standing in front of a thermostat that reads 95 degrees, and he’ll wag his finger at me in shame and say, “It would be a lot nicer tomorrow afternoon if it wasn’t so sunny and if you weren’t using so much hairspray.”

I feel tremendously guilty already, and it’s not even summer yet. And I live in Tulsa and it’s really windy here, and I need my hairspray. But I guess I’ll just have to stop caring how I look in order to be “environmentally friendly.” If I look like Michael Moore next time you see me, please don’t be disappointed. Without hairspray, there’s only so much I can do. Blame Sean Penn. Not me. Thanks for understanding.

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