It has been cold sporadically over the last few weeks, but the heat and the drought in Oklahoma, and especially in the Oklahoma City area, remain the most important weather-related issues here.
Will the record high average temperature in 2012, continued warm temperatures this winter and lack of precipitation change our lifestyles? It appears so. Oklahoma City announced a water rationing program Thursday, and one city official even urged residents to consider water conservation when landscaping their homes. What’s next?
The severity of the heat and the drought can be attributed to global warming caused by manmade carbon emissions, but don’t expect much local media coverage about it. Even a basic discussion of global warming remains taboo in the home state of U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, the world’s most infamous global warming denier, who has been enabled by the corporate media here.
In addition, our local Oklahoma City meteorologists, with some exceptions, are too busy falsely predicting winter blizzards and frigid temperatures in breathless, frantic voices to note the real story, which is that climate change is now impacting our lives here in Oklahoma and will continue to do so.
Here are the recent developments:
The solution to all this is quite clear: The planet needs to start reducing manmade carbon emissions. Our country needs to take the lead on this issue, but that won’t happen until we begin extended local discussions about global warming, even here in Oklahoma. The oil and gas companies that produce the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming will obviously see such discussions as a threat, but that shouldn’t deter us. Global warming is the most serious problem the world faces right now.
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