Friday, November 30, 2007
Fairytales collide in Washington State:
A grim Christmas message for kids from the mayor of Seattle. Greg Nickels told small children he’s launching “Operation Save Santa” to protect the big guy from global warming. At a Christmas tree lighting, Nickels warned the kids they had to use energy efficient light bulbs, or climate change could melt the North Pole—- and drown Santa, his elves and all his reindeer.
Nickels doesn’t seem so energy efficient himself; credit, though, for taking this anti-illumination stand during a Christmas tree lighting. Meanwhile, politicians keep yammering about el calentarse global, but people - even Democrats - keep not caring:
Global warming ranked at the bottom in the Post’s poll of Democratic voters in Iowa who were asked, “What is the single most important issue in your choice for the Democratic candidate for president?”
The top response was “the war in Iraq,” with 33 percent, while 26 percent said “health care.” Ten percent chose “economy/jobs,” and others identified a dozen other issues. A smart-alecky 1 percent answered, “nothing.”
But global warming ranked even lower than “nothing,” with one-half percent.
Let’s see what they say when Santa’s skeleton, picked clean by ravenous polar bears, is retrieved from the North Pole’s boiling waters.