“Seventy-three patches of snow have survived on Scotland’s hills from last winter – the most for 21 years,” reports the BBC.
These numbers come from a man who counts them, Iain Cameron.
“The reason so many patches survived is undoubtedly to do with the very cool spring, which saw frequent and heavy snow showers right through May and even into June,” says Cameron.
Apparently Scotland didn’t get the memo that the entire globe is heating up.And the day before, this headline:
This is interesting, from a year or so ago:
Compounding a budding emergency fuel assistance crisis in Western Massachusetts, officials with Citizens Energy, founded by former U.S. Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II, report that the foundation has not received its annual fuel installment from Citgo and the Venezuelan government.
The 35-year-old nonprofit agency, also known as Joe-4-Oil, began by providing discounted heating fuel to low-income Massachusetts residents. It expanded its reach to 26 states in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when oil prices skyrocketed. Since Katrina, Citgo has partnered with the South American government to donate a half-billion dollars in oil.
In Western Massachusetts, emergency fuel providers said Citizens Energy typically offers assistance in January when many needy households are running low on federally funded heating fuel benefits. However, Kennedy recently issued a statement in response to a reporter's request that signals potentially grim news.My hunch the program is dying on the vine. The best I've seen is from the website, a) you need to fill out an applictiton; and, b) there's a waiting list.
I think it would have been a lot easier and more reliable just to put in those pipelines from the Marcellus and the Utica. But "Joe" is such a nice guy.