With the sudden reemergence of former vice president and polar bear patron saint Al Gore in a New York Times op-ed piece this weekend, I think the renewed spirit of the Climate Change debate requires action from ordinary folks like you and like me. Action, I tell you!
While I certainly found Gore’s prose in yesterday’s commentary to be interesting …
It is true that the climate panel published a flawed overestimate of the melting rate of debris-covered glaciers in the Himalayas, and used information about the Netherlands provided to it by the government, which was later found to be partly inaccurate. In addition, e-mail messages stolen from the University of East Anglia in Britain showed that scientists besieged by an onslaught of hostile, make-work demands from climate skepticsmay not have adequately followed the requirements of the British freedom of information law.
But the scientific enterprise will never be completely free of mistakes.
… it seemed to lack the same ethereal, imaginative qualities of the as-yet-untitled poem–nay, the tour de force–we here at America’s Right tentatively titled “Neptune’s Bone.”
One thin September soon
A floating continent disappears
In midnight sun.
Vapors rise as
Fever settles on an acid sea.
Neptune’s bones dissolve.
Snow glides from the mountain.
Ice fathers floods for a season.
A hard rain comes quickly,
Then dirt is parched.
Kindling is placed in the forest
For the lightning’s celebration.
Take their leave, unmourned.
Horsemen ready their stirrups.
Passion seeks heroes and friends.
The bell of the city
On the hill is rung.
The shepherd cries,
The hour of choosing has arrived:
Here are your tools.
It’s been a while since we last did any sort of project or contest here at America’s Right. But this, I believe, is perfect for just such a thing. What I’d like from each and every one of you is some sort of literary work — a poem, perhaps, but haikus and limericks and other such devices will surely be acceptable.
For a topic, try to focus on Gore and on the farce that is climate change. But you’re welcome to branch off into other debate-worthy issues, such as health care or amnesty or the upcoming mid-term elections. Keep ‘em relatively pithy.
Now, I haven’t thought far enough ahead to decide when the contest/project will come to an end, nor have I decided how a winner will be decided or what that winner will get. But rest assured, especially on the latter, please don’t expect anything of big-time value as a prize — we’re broke over here, and with the policies of this congress and administration, I don’t know if relief is coming any time soon.
Nevertheless, have fun with it. To start things off, here is my own offering:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
The climate change debate is dead,
So shut the hell up, already.
Now, I’m obviously no poet. But neither is Al Gore, so the bar hasn’t been set too high. Get going, folks!