Most of you won’t know who Margaret Wente is (because you live all over the world), so I’ll tell you. She’s an OpEd columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail. There was a time I really enjoyed her work; and actually looked forward to reading each and every one of her columns.
That time has come and gone.
Now, for the most part, I find her way too full of herself, way too arrogant, way too pompous and, very often, condescending. And kinda irrelevant, too, now that I think about it. She no longer represents my views.
Other than that I think she’s fab.
Last week she wrote a column on climate change. Well, preached, actually. And, in the end, she decided we’re way too hysterical about global warming — the planet will survive and so will we. Well, she’s certainly entitled to her opinion, there’s no arguing with that. And she may even turn out to be right. But until then …
What might her explanation be for the fact that, in Toronto today, it is currently -1 celsius (feels like -5 with the windchill) and it’s snowing? On April 15. And yesterday it was 21 celsius. I went out wearing a T-shirt, without a jacket. I didn’t need socks, either. Convertible tops were down, terrace cafes and restaurants were doing a booming business and it felt almost like summer.
Yo, Margaret. Are you out there somewhere? Can you see my post? Got an answer for me? While you’re at it, here’s another one for you. Why do you think we’re having so many catastrophic and extreme weather events, virtually everywhere in the world? All the time. The tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, ice storms, massive snow storms, major floods, etc. I’m older than I care to think, and I can swear this never happened when I was a kid. Or a teenager. Or in my twenties or thirties or even forties. I still, thankfully, have all my faculties so I don’t think it’s a matter of memory loss.
So what gives?
Surely you know. I mean if you’re going to poo-poo environmental activists and scientists, photographs of melting glaciers and the like, you must know something the rest of us don’t. And I, for one, would love to know what it is. And before you climb up on your high horse and start quoting your credible sources, let me just say there are equally credible sources for the opposing side.
Do I know who’s right and who’s wrong? No, I don’t. But I have to believe the gases produced from our vehicles, power plants, deforestation and other sources are not doing the planet, or us, any favours. I also certainly wouldn’t dismiss the whole notion of climate change and call it drivel. Which is, essentially, what Margaret Wente did last Thursday.
I’m hoping there’s an after-life. Because one day we’ll know for sure. Probably after I’m dead and gone. Probably after Margaret Wente’s dead and gone, too. Although hopefully not after the planet is dead and gone. And I can’t speak for her, but I’d like to know who was right. One of us will get a chance to say “I told you so”. And blow the other one a raspberry.