Capitol Region Residents Grapple with Global Warming
By Cecily Bapp
Published January 8th, 2017
SARATOGA — Bandied about in the last presidential election, global warming — the significant and rapid increase in the temperature of the Earth —will no doubt be debated in the upcoming months as well, as President-elect Trump locks horns with opponents in the scientific community.
But the same apparently holds true here in the Capital Region, where every man and woman seems to be grappling with this conundrum, too.
“I consider global warming to be the greatest danger to America today. Well, that and the threat of an invasive species diminishing available environment for several rare and endangered plants — plants known only to this area of Saratoga County,” said Trey Steward, an environmental science major at Skidmore College, who ‘warmed up’ to the topic as he sipped his ethically grown, organic, non-GMO, dairy, soy, peanut and gluten-free coffee beverage at Uncommon Grounds, Saratoga’s unofficial capital of caffeine, facial hair and damp, unwashed wool.
The evidence for global warming, and its disastrous consequences, is abundant. The increase in temperature in the oceans, melting polar caps, rising ocean levels and destruction to the habitat of polar bears are just a few urgent problems attributed to this threat.
Still, convincing the average Capital District resident remains a challenge, as many are more worried about chemtrails, a government conspiracy to alter the weather, mind control by aliens — or some combination of the three.
Malta resident Margery Montano, for instance, isn’t convinced about the dangers of increased temperatures in the region.
“Global warming, my ass,” said Montano, whose firsthand experience informs nearly all of this down-to-Earth backhoe operator’s opinions.
“I spend half-an-hour heating up my car every morning, just so I can see out the windshield. How is that good for the environment? It’s cold as fuck, and we have months of winter to come. And don’t get me started on my National Grid bill. A few extra degrees won’t kill us.”
But, according to Stewart, global warming is “my No. 1 concern.”
“And it’s up to us Millennials to make it America’s No. 1 concern, too,” he said. “The older generation is all caught up in making money and that shit. We’re not about that, especially at Skidmore. No one here has ever had a job.”