Originally published in the Ann Arbor News, Bay City Times, Flint Journal, Grand Rapids Press, Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Muskegon Chronicle, Saginaw News
January 27, 2013
Last week in Michigan we had our first real taste of winter with sub-zero temps and a couple of nasty snowstorms. And with it came the usual jokes about how the world scientific community has it all wrong and the idea of global climate change is a bunch of hooey. (As if the world scientific community has some sort of motivation — and ability — to conspire to make this stuff up.)
Now I don’t want to get on my high horse about this. Well… maybe I want to, but I can’t. How can I when I got on my high John Deere tractor and belched carbon into the sky as I removed snow from neighborhood driveways? But I can say that I don’t think we should summarily dismiss the idea of man-made weather change based on a week’s weather. And to be fair, I won’t say anything about the mid-winter thunderstorm that kept me awake half of last night….