It's too bad Gene Lyons' cows don't watch FOX News or listen to conservative talk radio. They'd surely feel better on learning that their desiccated Arkansas pasture is an isolated anomaly and a liberal hoax. Seriously, don't you think the few remaining climate-change denialists in politics and the media must be getting a little uneasy? They're still trying to reject the science of global warming while the entire country is setting new records for heat and drought, and those pesky climatologists keep coming up with more corroborative evidence. And the environment just isn't cooperating with the denialist message anymore. When a freak snowstorm fell on Washington, DC, James Inhofe, the self-proclaimed "number one enemy of the Earth,” built an igloo with a sign on top, mocking Al Gore. It's pretty hard to do that when you're on your third consecutive week of hundred-degree-and-higher temperatures.
This is what climate experts have been predicting for decades would be the consequences of a runaway greenhouse effect. Now, as their forecasts are coming true with disturbing frequency, the anti-science zealots are still hard at it, hoping to persuade us that there's nothing to worry about.
Mr. Lyons' cows know better. So should we.