Winter Is Not Coming

I am reporting here from warm and sunny Vermont. That sentence ought to terrify you when you realize that it is December. Yes, this is December 11th, and the high today is 54. It has not snowed yet this season, and we don’t expect it to either. I don’t care what Fox News says, we are in some serious trouble.

The latest it has ever waited to snow in recorded history, is December 8th. If Vermont has not received an inch of snow or more by December 8th, we’ll be breaking records in a bad way. And guess what. We missed it. It’s December 11th, remember?! And we’re not getting snow anytime soon either. We might get some rain, but it is going to be in the 40s and 50s as far as the weather forecasters can see. We might get some flurries on the 19th, but it will not be an inch. In fact, we may get no snow in December at all. This has never happened.

The least amount of snow ever recorded in Vermont for December is 1.4″ in 1912, but I should point out that in 1912 we had already gotten almost half a foot of snow in November. This year we’ve got nothing. And for all of you people out there saying that a nice, boiling, crispy planet is a good thing because of jobs and money and other stupid reasons, let me tell you a little bit about the economic ramifications.

To put it bluntly, we’re screwed. There is no snow. Yes, we can make our own snow, but people are not skiing. The ski resorts are half empty. The businesses that rely on the skiers to make their seasonal income are empty. Out entire economy is in some danger here. This is not a question of carbon tax and clean energy costing jobs and dollars, this is a matter of not doing anything costing jobs and dollars. And it’s only going to get worse.

I don’t want to be all doom and gloom and tell you that there is no hope, because there is always hope, but when I say “always,” I mean “not for very much longer.” The time to act was 30 years ago, but there may still be a chance. One warm, snowless winter does not a global human, economic, and environmental catastrophe make, but when you see the patterns and trends heading permanently in that direction, it’s time to do something about it. And maybe we can’t stop it. But we have to try.

If you are currently not enjoying such global activities as: no more snow, extended droughts, random flooding, food shortages in developing countries, and many more, please get involved! As the international climate summit continues today in Paris, check out 350.org or any other organization dedicated to minimizing the effects of global warming and climate change on our poor Earth. Thanks. Your kids will be glad you did.

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