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Rush Limbaugh is at it again, this time taking aim at the polar vortex. On Monday, the shock jock took to the airwaves to denounce the polar vortex as a political hoax. The polar vortex that has had most of the country in a deep freeze for much of the past few days, according to Limbaugh, is part of a liberal conspiracy to pressure people into believing the science behind climate change.
Al Roker was having none of it. Offering us all a basic meteorology lesson on Twitter, the morning news host posted an image from his 1950s meteorology college textbook with the section on the polar vortex circled.
“Let me tell you something, we’ve never used the phrase ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ in conjunction with the polar vortex,” Roker said this morning.
“So for all the doubters out there: Stuff it!” he concluded.
Separately but related, Jon Stewart took a few moments on The Daily Show the other night to sound off on climate change deniers, including members of Congress, who think that just because it’s cold out global warming can’t be happening. Sigh.
But back to the polar vortex, CNN says the polar vortex is being pushed back up to Canada, so the US will be seeing warmer temperatures by Saturday, when most places will be back to average temperatures. The extreme weather is being blamed for 22 deaths.
Last night, President Obama gave the first State of the Union address of his second term (we live tweeted it here) and he raced through a number of big issues that he’d like to see Congress act on in the coming months. One of those issues, and possibly most unexpected, was a higher minimum wage.
But there were others that will be up for debate — among Congresspeople and voters alike. Here, we outline nine of the big ones. And in the comments, feel free to chime in with your thoughts and debate. That’s democracy at work!
(Black Enterprise) – Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday warned of the growing devastation of the global economic downturn and said the dangers posed by natural disasters around the world had been increased by the effects of climate change.
The former president spoke in New York on the first day of the annual Clinton Global Initiative. The conference brings together leaders from government, business and philanthropy, who make financial commitments aimed at tackling poverty and disease around the world.