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Whistling past the climate graveyard

By in Press Enterprise on February 10, 2018

By Larry Wilson

Nice summer day, what?

It’s the heart of winter.

We were on the heavenly longboard-surfing beach San Onofre all day last Sunday, our regular crew of oldish men (and one woman) at the break called Old Man’s, in shorts and T-shirts and straw, umbrella-big lifeguard hats for the blazing sun. In February. The water was the only thing coolish. But I haven’t had to wear my heavier wetsuit in years, because, well, the ocean here doesn’t get cold anymore in winter, the way it had all my life.

We also haven’t had a frost in my yard on the edge of Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco in years. Until a decade or so ago, several times each January and February frost covered the Arroyo’s floor so deeply it looked like snow. I used to have to cover my lemon tree with sheets to save it from the cold. I don’t anymore.

All very nice for surfers and construction workers. The national weather map on the morning TV news Friday said of the entire Southwest: “Pleasantly warm.” Sure is. People walking into our office building mornings last week said to each other, as they looked up at the sparkling blue sky, “It’s beautiful, huh?” But they said it with a bit of a guilty titter. Smart people know that there’s something wrong. That you can’t have your cake and eat it, too. It’s a lot less fun to live in shorts weather all year long when we know a few months of sweater weather is what we need.

The current Environmental Protection Agency head, Scott Pruitt, now says he thinks climate change is A-OK, because who doesn’t like a little balmy weather. “We know humans have most flourished during times of warming trends,” Pruitt said in an interview with KSNV in Nevada. “There are assumptions made that because […]    

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