Global warming a cloudy issue

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You wouldn’t know it by the frigid air, but they say we got this “global warming” thing going on. Thanks for the info, Al.

Sure, the ice caps are melting … and it’s not funny because several species are struggling to exist and one day, Floridians may have to retreat to dry land. But a person can only be responsible for what they personally do, right?

No one knows what may happen 100 years from now, and let’s face it: Some of it is just out of our hands. But in the last 100 years, think of the changes that have occurred, some of them by leaps and bounds.

The average number of cars per household has risen considerably in the last 50 years. More cars mean more roads, which in turn means more pollution. Cars emit carbon dioxide, which is good, because trees need it to thrive and create life-giving oxygen. But at the same time, we keep clearing trees to make room for all of our strip malls with “for lease” signs in front of them. Without the trees to clean the carbon dioxide from the air, the atmosphere suffers. Plant more trees!

On top of that, the invention of plastic created this “throw-away” society in which we live. We throw every darn thing away, and it all gets hauled off to landfills. So … we get in our cars to drive to our barren strip malls to buy more plastic stuff to throw away. It’s a vicious cycle.

Not that I don’t blow dry my hair and drive around in my V6 with my plastic tumbler of coffee; I do. But I use the same tumbler every day, and fuel efficiency was a major factor in the purchase of my vehicle. I recycle what I can, plant trees like mad, and save energy where I can.

I think that as long as we are trying to do the best we can and set an example for our kids, then that is doing a lot. I don’t have time to go to Congress, and what good would that do anyway? I just have to take this life and do the best with it, every day. And enjoy my time doing it.

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