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.
But the most dangerous consequence of Washington getting more than two feet of snow was the chilling effect it had on sound reasoning about global warming.
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.