Just A Coincidence

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
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.



Harry's daily commentary can be heard on manyCBS Radio News affiliates across the country.

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