This whole collective snow shoveling/blowing/plowing
frying pan we suburbanites repeatedly beat over our
own heads every Dec-March(or May-Sept) should raise
not a few flags and ring a few bells:
SHOULD HUMANS EVEN BE LIVING in cold/snowy
regions of the planet - even where such weather
occupies half to one quarter of one year??
Certainly, living where mother nature repaves your
driveway with a white layer of anything from fluff
to the frozen variety does create an 'economy' - by
spurring the design and sale of snow blowers, plows,
and drivers of pickup trucks and other hefty vehicles
willing to make cash on the side by strapping one on.
But is that economy worth it? Is it worth the occasional
stroke or heart attack from not using powered snow
removal resources where the depth might warrant it?
Worth being delayed to work or calling out for a day
or two altogether? Worth risking a low pitched roof
collapsing under the likes of the freak 60-90" snowfall
that hit Buffalo NY last fall? And of course, worth an
accident on our roads or being stranded on an over-
I think not. In fact, I'd wager a bet that there's enough
space on Earth for the entire current population to live
BETWEEN the 40th degree north & south parallels,
plus an additional half billion over the next 30 years.
This would move 95% of the population out of exposure
to anymore than two inches of snow, period, and temperatures