As you have noticed my blog setting has been on blog-lite this week. I keep thinking I'll find the time to post an entry and have come across many interesting topics in the news that I would like to write about, but lo and behold, there seems to be fewer hours in a day this past week.
My mother-in-law just arrived from Bombay (Mumbai), India this week. Luckily, she avoided having to endure the torrential and deadly downpour that has wreaked havoc on the city of Bombay and its region. We haven't been able to get a hold of my husband's family since the phone lines are down and the cell phone connections are jammed, but received an SMS message from my brother-in-law informing us that they were all safe and sound. As with any disaster like this, it is those who are the most vulnerable in society that suffer losses, injuries and death.
Never in recorded history has so much rain fallen in such or short time in the western regions of India (37" in 24 hrs.) My mother-in-law is convinced it is due to global warming. There is no way to prove that it is, but time will tell if these kinds of unusual weather patterns continue in the next decade. Scientists predict that global warming will cause irregular precipitation that will result in increased flooding, droughts and heatwaves. So far, things don't look good.
Unfortunately, if some of the Democrats in Salem have it their way, Oregon would miss the opportunity to take action on global warming by cutting greenhouse gas emissions through increased fuel efficiency standards in a joint effort with California and Washington. The House Republicans convinced a few Dems to go along with their dirty legislation which would prevent Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality from introducing and enforcing reduced emission standards. Why a single Democrat in Salem would vote against clean air for its constituents and the state is beyond the pale. Governor Kulongoski, in a rare demonstration of governorship, has said he will use his line item veto power to prevent such stupidity.
The Democrats and a couple Republicans in California and Washington are ready to clean up our air by increasing fuel efficiency in our automobiles. What's up with those Dems in Salem? Did the auto industry lobbyists take them out to the Ringside for a nice dinner? Oregon would be doing the US auto industry a favor by making them get with the cleaner air program. Last I heard GM and Ford haven't been able to keep up with the fuel efficient mindset of the Japanese auto makers. As a result their sales are lagging. I'm cryin' crocodile tears for GM and Ford and so should every single Democrat in Salem.