This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor.
Earlier this year at a symposium marking the 35th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency, six former agency heads — five Republicans and one Democrat — accused the Bush administration of neglecting global warming and other environmental problems.
Christie Whitman said, "You have to be in a hole somewhere not to think all the things we're doing isn't exacerbating what is probably a natural trend."
There it is, folks: "Natural trend," meet the stuff that's making it all worse.
Add to that, a new report that suggests that even if we just stop greenhouse gas emissions it might be too late. The World Resources Institute says the earth will keep on warming — just at a slower rate.
Antarctica is melting, Greenland is melting. Heck, they even moved the start of the Iditarod dog race out of Anchorage because they couldn't count on snow anymore.
I know, I know, it's all just a coincidence.
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By Harry Smith
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