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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Roy, It's Hot Outside

11 August, 2005


Representative Roy Blunt

Northpark Mall
101 Rangeline
Joplin
, Missouri 64801


Dear Representative Blunt:


As local temperatures hover near 100 degrees for weeks on end, as our cornfields turn brown, wither, and die under the relentless heat, as all-time high temperature reports roll in from all around the globe, I thought you might want to reconsider your ungenerous comments about Al Gore’s speech on global warming from your press release of January 15th, 2005. I believe you said:

It is fitting that Gore chose one of the coldest days of the year to spread false information about the Bush Administration's record on global warming. Mother Nature didn't agree with his message and neither do I. Al, it's cold outside

Well Roy, it’s hot outside---and according to a report released on August 11th, 2005, it may be getting much, much hotter in the years ahead. An article appearing in the UK Guardian reports that:

Researchers [from Oxford University and Tomsk State University of Siberia, reporting in the prestigious journal New Scientist] who have recently returned from the region found that an area of permafrost spanning a million square kilometres - the size of France and Germany combined - has started to melt for the first time since it formed 11,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age.

The area, which covers the entire sub-Arctic region of western Siberia, is the world's largest frozen peat bog and scientists fear that as it thaws, it will release billions of tonnes of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere.

It is a scenario climate scientists have feared since first identifying "tipping points" - delicate thresholds where a slight rise in the Earth's temperature can cause a dramatic change in the environment that itself triggers a far greater increase in global temperatures.

As anyone with even a modicum of understanding of climatology understands, a cold day in New York during the winter does not refute the mountains of data compiled by the world’s scientists on global warming. Your response to Gore---repeated by your media allies at the Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Fox News---was disappointing, to say the least, for this constituent.

I have no illusions that you and I will ever agree on anything, but I appeal to your conscience and ask that you review the enclosed article. Will you dismiss it as more lies and fabrications from the loony left?

Roy, it's hot outside.

Sincerely,


JM
Joplin, MO 64804

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