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Europeans are Hot

Discussion in 'World Politics' started by rmarin, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. rmarin

    rmarin New Member

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    Nothing irritates the American public more than being told what to do by a gang of lecturing European
    schoolteachers who make frequent appearances behind global warming’s bully pulpit. They usually can’t get
    beyond the sermon to hear what the ministers are trying to say or why they are saying it.

    Before moving to Europe in the fall of ‘02, I too was the little girl folding her arms and swinging her legs beneath
    the pew refusing to listen. During those first months of living in Italy, I maintained the same stubborn posture
    preferring instead to ridicule Europeans for their cult like obsession with the environment.

    It wasn’t until the great heat wave of 2003, when elderly French people were left to cook in their apartments did I
    begin to understand why Europeans were warming fanatics. Climate change had gripped their psyche because it
    was something they were forced to face.

    That summer forced even me, the skeptic, to understand why the issue was so important. My American friends,
    who came for my wedding, likely gained a greater appreciation as well with each bead of sweat that fell into their
    plate at the reception.

    Unlike Americans, even those living in poverty, Europeans don’t have air-conditioning. A small temperature hike
    isn’t easily cured by lowering the thermostat like it is in the States.

    While all of us stateside have witnessed the coldest April on record and as snow is falling somewhere in the U.S
    as I write this article, Italian forecasters are predicting this summer to be a repeat of ’03. Perhaps even worse.

    For years my husband used to ski on a glacier in the Italian Alps year round and now that glacier is disappearing.

    This summer, prognosticators are predicting rolling blackouts and water shortages. The Po has never been drier
    which can’t be good news for farmers who will be forced to reduce their water consumption. In addition, the
    rolling blackouts will affect businesses and inconvenience the Italian people.

    They are Global Warming fanatics because the issue has been forced upon them. Even if we don’t agree on
    climate change or whether or not humans have caused it, we can at least understand why Europeans consider the
    issue relevant.

    It isn’t easy to talk to someone about climate change and warming when it’s still snowing in April just as it wasn’t
    easy to talk to citizens about terrorism until 3,000 people died
     
  2. Superb Post...

    I was extremly happy to find and read it My Sister is in Italy
    I will be there in July sometime and will see the effects myself.Although while in Rotterdam and Germany in 2003 I did see the effects of the heat wave as you say they do not have the luxury of kicking the thermostat down a few cliks like we do

    this isnt true everywhere but it is in a large majority of europe.....thanks for the informative post and view i enjoyed it
     
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    You can get more news on theabsenteeballot.com site. Where does your sister live?
     
  4. Right where your talking about In the Po near Aviano I forget the name of the town this moment id have to look it up she just arrived 2 months ago and is still settling in.
    Her husband obviously is in the Air Force
     
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    She will have a great time. That area is one of the most beautiful in Italy. I was in the Air force myself. The Italian one.
     
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