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Noted and passed - Sept. 3, 2012

Posted: August 31, 2012 5:51 p.m.
Updated: September 3, 2012 5:00 a.m.

• Bad news seems to arrive in clumps when it comes to climate change, and the latest findings about sea ice in the Arctic are bleak; the ice level there has shrunk to its lowest level on record. A diminishing ice sheet has all sorts of unpleasant implications for the future, including exacerbating the warming of the atmosphere. Few people have answers, but no longer is there much question about whether global warming is taking place.

• We couldn’t help but notice that as Hurricane Isaac approached landfall on the Gulf Coast last week, there were warnings that closing oil rigs could cause the price of gasoline to spike. We don’t recall anyone ever saying that in years in which there are few storms, that the continued operation of rigs would make the price of gasoline go down.

• Former Gov. Mark Sanford, who became the butt of political jokes across the country after his affair with an Argentine woman was exposed, is getting more and more visible each day; he is now apparently engaged to the South American woman with whom he was having an affair while he was the Palmetto State's chief executive. Some believe Sanford is trying to reposition himself for a political comeback. We say the chances of that ever happening are tiny, even though the American people are forgiving and love apologies.


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