I think I’m going to start a new segment: “Obscure State Thursday.” Last month, I discussed Arkansas’s fervent desire to execute people as fast as they possibly could. They ended up killing four of the eight death row inmates they originally had planned.
After that, I officially put other states on notice. I’m looking at all of you. Just give me any reason and I will single you out. Even U.S. overseas territories are not exempt (Puerto Rico represent!).
This time, it’s Montana.
Although, it’s not for anything that they did wrong.
But it’s absolutely worth noting a harrowing development that’s occurred in the state’s Glacier National Park – its glaciers are disappearing.
Imagine walking into a zoo and seeing only empty fields covered in rhino poop. Or strolling into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and just seeing a homeless dude in the middle of the floor holding a cardboard sign asking for money.
As much as this administration chooses to ignore it, global warming is happening everywhere. But its impact is being more quickly evidenced in western Montana, where, according to state officials, temperatures have increased at double the global average.
Just over 100 years ago, the park had about 150 glaciers, which are defined as ice masses larger than 25 acres. Today, only 26 of them meet that benchmark.
But hey, when a Republican congressman brings a snowball onto the Senate floor, then it’s categorical proof that global warming isn’t really happening.
The park estimates that they will have no more active glaciers by 2030.
So if it’s a dream of yours to one day see a glacier in person, I’d recommend making arrangements sooner than later. Also polar bears.
You’d think that fighting climate change might be a priority for Ryan Zinke, the Trump-appointed Secretary of the Interior, who previously served as a U.S. representative from Montana. But, as we’ve learned, make one move that differs from this regime’s agenda and you’re out. Talk about using the bully pulpit against your own cabinet!
But it’s not all doom and gloom for the environment recently. On Thursday, the Senate shockingly — and pleasantly — rejected a resolution that would have scaled back an Obama-era regulation to control the release of methane from oil and gas wells.
Two Republicans, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine, were expected to defect from their party to oppose the bill, but one more brave GOP dissident was required to obtain a “No” majority. Reportedly, Trump even sent Mike Pence to the Senate floor in expectation that he’d be needed to break a tie.
But in stepped John McCain.
The grizzled Navy veteran, former Vietnam prisoner of war and once presidential candidate emphatically pointed his thumb to the ground, voiced his dissent, and stormed off the floor.
A national hero.
Of course, Trump will probably hold up a binder in a few days demanding that the regulations be repealed anyway.
But hey, until then, environmentalists will take any win they can get.
Someone needs to get Trump to participate in another animated movie family screening, this time of the film Moana, a kids’ movie that basically was about the effects of climate change on our island nations.
Maybe then, we’ll know, how far Trump will go.
Have a good weekend everybody.