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Summer Breezes

Steve Scolnik @ 3:45 PM

The cold front which was taking its sweet time moving through the Midwest yesterday took a lunge for the coast overnight, reaching the Chesapeake Bay on this morning's 8:00 EDT weather map. As a result, northwesterly breezes are bringing much lower humidity and somewhat cooler temperatures to the Nation's Capital region. At 4pm, temperatures were mostly in the mid to upper 80s in the metro area, busting the temperature forecast made in this space yesterday. Further south in Virginia, however, readings ranged into the low and mid 90s; Franklin, west of Suffolk near the North Carolina border, was reporting 97, as was Newport News. On radar, the only showers were widely scattered across western Pennsylvania.


Humidities will continue to drop tonight, with low temperatures in the upper 60s. Tomorrow should be exceptionally fine with comfortable humidity and highs in the low 80s to 85.

Breeze from the Revolving Door

Today's New York Times reports that Philip Cooney, the White House lawyer and former oil-industry lobbyist who altered the scientific content of government climate reports, has been hired by Exxon. Yesterday's Wall Street Journal has a page A1 article "Exxon Chief Makes A Cold Calculation On Global Warming" (subscription required) which describes how "the world's No. 1 oil company disputes the notion that fossil fuels are the main cause of global warming." The article points out what a sharp contrast this is to BP and Shell, which "accept a growing scientific consensus that fossil fuels are a main contributor to the problem and endorse the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which caps emissions." Here is the lead paragraph from the story, which perfectly captures Exxon's position:

ANNANDALE, N.J. -- At Exxon Mobil Corp.'s laboratories here, there isn't a solar panel or windmill in sight. About the closest Exxon's scientists get to "renewable" energy is perfecting an oil that Exxon could sell to companies operating wind turbines.

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