So I was thinking about the alleged extinction of the honeybee today — a topic that’s been frightening me for weeks now — and somehow or other, my mind wandered onto the topic of Al Gore — you know, the man who lost the last presidential election.

Do you remember (those of you who didn’t vote for George Bush) how crushed you felt when the wrong party won? Do you remember how permanently lost it all seemed? I am far from a political expert, so I will simply gloss over the slow-motion train wreck of the past four years, and remind you of this:

Al Gore went on to accomplish something else he has been trying to do for the past 30 years: revolutionize the political will on the subject of global warming. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has already accomplished much more out of the White House that he ever could in it. This is just the latest example of the principle: sometimes the Universe knows better than you do.

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