Well, of course the oil futures are getting kicked in the nuts - blame global warming. Look, whether you believe in it or not really isn't important. Its happening. Maybe you'll believe in it after your beach house washes away into the ocean. Ha ha! I won't have any remorse for your loss. (That's my Capricorn ascendant speaking, but that's how we feel.)
Anyway, checking out this piece over at Bloomberg and I got to thinking about this. The other week I watched "An Inconvenient Truth". Powerful stuff, indeed.
My questions for all the people who don't believe in global warming are  why don't you believe it and  if it just happens to be even a little bit true, on what other planet do you and your progeny expect to live? Friggin' morons.
Honestly, I figure most Republicans could give a shit about the condition of the planet since they won't have to live here after they die, right? Fuck it, its their children's and grandchildren's problem. (The whole baby boomer generation so entirely fucked up this country, IMO. But I swear there is a special circle of hell for Republicans, the vanguard of Satan's army.) But hey, I still live here and I don't have a weekend getaway spot on Mars. If you fall into the same category (which I imagine is most everyone on this planet), then you have a responsibility to be a steward of the planet.
My personal experience this winter has shown that some unnatural shit is happening. I live in an OLD apartment complex. Its convenient to work, its inexpensive, but damn is it old. So old that it has a real problem with spider infestation. I've killed an average of 1 spider per week, and sometimes 2 - 3 per day. Now, by this point in the seasonal cycle, I figure that most of these little bastards should have died off in the cold. Unfortunately, I don't think the temperature has been cold enough to kill off the eggs, the baby spiders, and most importantly their *food*, to restrain their breeding. So even 1 week before Christmas, in the northern Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, I'm killing spiders. And not small spiders, but spiders 1 - 1.5 inches tip-to-tip. That's a bloody big ass spider for the middle of winter. Nevermind walking through swarms of gnats in the middle of December. WTF?
Anyway, whether you believe Al Gore's position in "An Inconvenient Truth", or not, is irrelevant. If you haven't noticed that things are changing, and not for the better, then you're either blind and stupid, or irresponsible at best and evil at worst. There clearly is not a lot of time to affect change on this matter.
I didn't mean to turn this into a screed, political or otherwise. I'm just commenting on my experience, which is my reality. And I know I'm not the only one. While investing in futures is all good, think about something...the reason wheat futures have had the kind of action they have had this year is because of a drought. As in, the lack of water. Heat causes water to evaporate (if you didn't know). So if the temperature of the planet rises, then water evaporates, and there is less water available for purposes that are near and dear to all of our hearts (for those in possession of one). Uses such as DRINKING water. Expect the water wars to come soon. Military conflicts for oil were nothing. And the funny part is, the US is so beholden to oil (which we are able to get reliably in declining quantities) that with the inevitable price increases in petroleum goods, we won't even be able to afford to fight for the most important resource on the planet - WATER! What a dumbass trade to make.
No global warming, my ass.
Okie, I go now.