Stinky Politics or Global Warming?

To help reinforce the idea that our current Grand Experiment with the atmosphere and environment will have – is having – unforeseen, unintended, and sometimes almost tragically humorous consequences, we today consider the skunk.

Campaign workers for Jay Fawcett of Colorado were greeted Tuesday by the unmistakable odor of skunk.
Some wanted to blame the Republicans for the unexpected visitation, and there are indications that the odor, making it virtually impossible for campaign workers to conduct their get-out-the-vote activities, was part of a more sinister plot to harass and terrorize the campaign.

But even if true, the campaign is over, the results are in, and the fact is that another culprit could actually be responsible for this and perhaps an ever increasing amount of “skunk attacks” – real skunks.

The Colorado Department of Wildlife reports that skunk populations are likely to increase due to Global Warming. Here is an excerpt from their website:
“Range: The striped skunk is the most widespread, occurring statewide. The spotted skunk occurs in rocky foothills, mesas, canyons and along major rivers of the High Plains. Hog-nosed skunk is known only from the roughlands of southeastern Colorado, where they appear to be rare or perhaps only occasional. This is one of those southwestern mammals that may be expected to expand with climatic warming.” (emphasis mine)

Politics stinks. Global Warming stinks even more.

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Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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