By Janet Redman
Freak snowstorms plunged the nation's capital and the rest of the mid-Atlantic United States into utter chaos in February. The federal government shut down for nearly a week, many schools turned President's Day into an unexpected 10-day-long "snowcation," public transportation ground to a screeching halt, and suburban power outages drove some families to burn furniture in their fireplaces to keep warm.
Don't get me wrong. I love snow. While my neighbors were snatching every last gallon of milk and loaf of bread from our local grocery store, I was feverishly hunting down a decent sled. In fact, ever since I moved down to Washington, DC from Maine, I've been longing for a snow-packed winter like this one.
But for all the fun I've had cross-country skiing down city sidewalks and pegging strangers in spontaneous snowball fights, the recent extreme weather may prove to be snow-pocalyptic for climate change legislation.
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