It gives one a certain malicious pleasure to read theTelegraph online when we see the headline "Autumn begins early after a washout August".
Here in Colorado, the weather was brilliant this morning – bright sun and clear skies, with temperatures up in the 80s (Fahrenheit, of course – none of this foreign muck here). Clearly, there is now global cooling in the UK while here in the US of A, we're still benefiting from warming – which sort of questions the whole idea of presenting a single global temperature.
Certainly, though, in this "liberal" town of Aspen, where the media is full of climate change propaganda, the agenda does not seem to have reached the street. I have never seen more SUVs and trucks in such a small area – and this is a seriously "one horse" town.
Funnily enough, although everyone I speak to is conscious of the Russian invasion of Georgia, it isn't really registering as a major political issue. It seems to be regarded as a "European" problem, with much ribald comment on the "impotence" of the European Union.
For sure, the papers are reporting events, but they do not have the same sense of immediacy and importance that is coming over in the European press. It is amazing the difference a few thousand miles make. Perhaps the perspective will look different in Washington, where we are headed tomorrow.