|pink sky at morning... ?|
Photo by J. Harrington
I've been to the Phoenix, Arizona area in the Summer and remember well the phrase "but it's a dry heat." Once the temperature got over one hundred degrees F, dry or not the heat wore me down. A similar pattern seems to be my Winter problem. If it's a dry cold, I can tolerate it better than if the humidity creeps up, but once the temperature or wind chill drops much below 20°F, I'm ready to go inside no matter how dry the cold. Of course, sunshine also adds a psychological boost that makes it seem warmer than it is in Winter. At least, so I vaguely remember from past years when there was sunshine in Winter.
|tracks in the snow|
Photo by J. Harrington
Even though I'm complaining about the weather, I know it could be much worse. We're not getting freezing rain, which helps the roads, drivers and wildlife. So far, at least, we haven't been buried in multiple inches of snow. Last Autumn there was lots of fussing and fuming about La Nina and whether this Winter would be colder than normal, or not; snowier than normal, or not. Is the Old Farmer's Almanac forecast going to be accurate, or not? I'm becoming fascinated by the idea that we now seem to have a much better grasp of our long term climate trends than we do for the weather over the next several months, or our energy future over the next several years.
I hope the Winter at Standing Rock and the Oceti Sakowin Camp is tolerable for those determined to stay in the camp. I'm truly grateful for the leadership shown by Native Americans in opposing the Dakota Access Pipe Line. Unfortunately, it's likely to be just one of several such issues coming to a head during the next several years. Some of the turbulence affecting the pipeline front can be expected to move east into Minnesota over the next several months. If you're interested, here's some background from Honor the Earth. (One day very soon we'll pull together a more complete posting on Line 3 and oil pipelines in Minnesota.) If the oil industry fades as rapidly as the coal industry has, it's hard to see how investments in new infrastructure can get a return on investment that matches the risk profile of the projects being financed. That would be a different kind of raw deal, and, I fear, one that could fall on the shoulders of the taxpayers more than the investors. Mining and oil and other extractive industries are often like that.
UPDATE: Excellent explanation of the current status and issues at Standing Rock
A Short Story of Falling
By Alice Oswald
It is the story of the falling rainto turn into a leaf and fall againit is the secret of a summer showerto steal the light and hide it in a flowerand every flower a tiny tributarythat from the ground flows green and momentaryis one of water's wishes and this talehangs in a seed-head smaller than my thumbnailif only I a passerby could passas clear as water through a plume of grassto find the sunlight hidden at the tipturning to seed a kind of lifting rain dripthen I might know like water how to balancethe weight of hope against the light of patiencewater which is so raw so earthy-strongand lurks in cast-iron tanks and leaks alongdrawn under gravity towards my tongueto cool and fill the pipe-work of this songwhich is the story of the falling rainthat rises to the light and falls again
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