The view from the front porch this morning, freezing our arse off to get the perfect shot of the bulk carrier Alam Mesra out of Singapore, disemboweling a hold full of salt to feed the hungry maw of the Northeast highway system in this "global warming" winter of our discontent.
Did you know that road salt is "running critically low" in these parts? "Local governments in New England and in the Midwest are running critically low on road salt, the result of a stream of winter weather that has hit the regions in recent months," reports the NYT:
“We are, for all practical purposes, out of salt,” said Bruce Hoar, director of public works in South Burlington, Vt., adding that other towns in the area face the same problem.
With so many municipalities in need of salt, suppliers cannot ship it out quickly enough. Public works departments are left waiting for days or weeks to receive their orders.
“It’s supply and demand,” said Richard L. Hanneman, president of the Salt Institute, a nonprofit trade association. “We’re scrambling. We haven’t heard of any agency that hasn’t been able to keep the roads open or safe, but there’s a lot of anxiety.”
We know it's Bush's fault. If only those chads hadn't hung wrong, Al Gore would be making the world safe for global