All about politics - a necessary evil I am told.
But I'm looking at the jet stream map from Environment Canada for today and now (Thursday, Jan 05/17, 13:30 MST):
San Francisco along or indeed south of that line of latitude, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean - cold and blue, with the jet streams just south.
There is no polar vortex that I can see - zero !
I've been watching these maps as a mountaineer every day for over eighteen years - watching the changes creep up on us.
It feels like a small plane just before stall. Is the climate ready to perform a backflip ?
I sincerely hope not, but it is scary - Arctic Sea Ice, Antarctic Sea Ice, the glaciers emptying into the sea from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet now apparently in a condition known as an "instability".
Translation - get set for significant sea level rise much sooner than expected.
I can only handle so much politics - so much 'pie in the sky' - "Let's do this, or that" - when the chances of doing 'this' or 'that' are effectively zero.
Rather, let's keep our eye on the ball - the biosphere, the geosphere, whatever you want to call it - maybe the Earth System.
Because the Earth System is getting mighty tired of all the humans committing the greatest Greek sin of HUBRIS.