I woke up this morning shivering about climate change.
First, I read Secretary of State John Kerry's commencement speech at Boston College, in which he said of the climate change debate: "Supposing I'm wrong or scientists are wrong, 97 percent of them all wrong -- supposing they are, what's the worst that can happen?"
Well, we'll have cleaned things up a lot, but 97 percent of scientists might never get trusted again. (Politicians' trust-rating will remain the same at 0 percent.)
Then I read that Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, said: "There's a tremendous amount of lack of interest on the audience's part" on global warming stories.
I put those two things together and I find magical motivation in Pat Sajak's entry into the climate change debate.
The "Wheel of Fortune" host began, as tradition demands, not with a question, but with a statement. He took to his Twitter account and declared: "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night."
What did he believe before? That global warming alarmists would save us from our gruesome selves? That all the questions on "Wheel of Fortune" should be about climate change?
I am confused about how claiming the world is coming to an end at man's hand is somehow racist. I am almost as confused as to how wanting to save America from choking to death is somehow unpatriotic. Is this a subtle argument for the death penalty?
I could have more readily accepted that global warming scientists are all farm animals, looking to feed from the wads of research capital and fads flamed by media.
But, no. Sajak needed to air his views against the cleansing tide with blunt abandon.
Naturally, there were those on Twitter who thought him, well mistaken. As Mashable reports, one tweeter, Joe Coughlin, offered: "I'd like to solve the puzzle. Pat is an INSANE PERSON."
Another, Tim Murphy, mused: "@patsajak do you suspect vowel play?"
Yet another, Gary Whitta, explained: "I guess it's tough for @patsajak to accept the environment can change when he's been standing on the same 1980s game show set for 33 years."
Sajak, to his credit, didn't offer an apology, nor even a claim that his account had been hacked. Instead, he emitted a marginally cryptic tweet or two.
On Tuesday, there was "Sometimes it's fun to poke a stick in a hornets' nest just to hear the buzzing." Well, yes, while there are still hornets on the Earth.
On Wednesday, there was something even finer: "Later today I'll be tweeting my views on the subjects of nuclear proliferation and free-range chicken."
I, for one, fear that some twitterites will suggest he cluck off.