Be the first reader to find a fatuous op-ed piece or newsitorial in the European press linking the heat wave to everyone’s favorite eco-bogeyman, Global Warming. Bonus points if the piece mentions Kyoto, double bonus points if they attack Bush and mention Kyoto.
Folks, we have a winner. Blogger Courtney, who is not unattractive, single, a vodka tonic drinker (my favorite as well) pierced numerous times, and often a rifle packing belligerent drunk (I think I am in love), wins my phone number for this submission from the UK Guardian:
There is no doubt that the current spell of hot, humid weather coiled around the northern hemisphere is having devastating consequences for the globe. Whether it is wilting crops in Pakistan or expanding railway tracks in Britain, the deleterious effects are all too apparent.
Evidence increasingly points to a weather system shaped more and more not by nature but by humanity. The pattern of industrial development of modern day society appears to be producing too much pollution for the world to cope with. The effects will irrevocably remake the climate for the worse.
There is the mention of a link from the heat wave to Global Warming. Let’s see if Courtney gets the Bonus points, as well:
On gaining office, the Bush administration, with its roots in oil and big business, withdrew unilaterally from the biggest international commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions – the Kyoto protocol. To gain some scale of how reckless this act of political vandalism was consider this: if US states were independent nations they would comprise 25 of the top 60 nations that emit greenhouse gases – Texas’s emissions alone exceed France’s.
DING DING DING!!! We have a full fledged winner. You can e-mail me to redeem your prize, Courtney (j/k).
Let’s see how many more of these we can find- and let’s not just restrict it to the European press.