Sheryl Crow, who we know likes to soak up the sun, tried to use her personal warmth over the weekend to make a global warming convert out of Karl Rove. But when she touched his arm at a Washington dinner, he reacted as if burned.
Crow and fellow activist Laurie David, a producer of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” and wife of comedy writer and actor Larry David, found that their celebrity was less than a turn-on for the White House’s political “architect.”
Ms. Crow and Ms. David, who have been visiting campuses in an event billed as the Stop Global Warming College Tour, approached Mr. Rove to urge him to take “a fresh look” at global warming, they said later.
Recriminations between the celebrities and the White House carried over into Sunday, with Ms. Crow and Ms. David calling Mr. Rove “a spoiled child throwing a tantrum” and the White House criticizing their “Hollywood histrionics.”
“I honestly thought that I was going to change his mind, like, right there and then,” Ms. David said Sunday, The Associated Press reported.
As Ms. Crow and Ms. David described it on the Huffington Post Web site on Sunday, when Mr. Rove turned toward his table, Ms. Crow touched his arm and “Karl swung around and spat, ‘Don’t touch me.’ ”
Ouch! Apparently an “inconvenient” time and place for Karl to have that discussion. But David says she’ll keep trying to change the minds of those skeptical about global warming, and Crow is not about to change her tune, either.
Also stung by global warming, The Syracuse Post Standard informs us today, is a lowly Oneida Lake fish called the burbot. It’s a type of catfish that may be wiped out here soon, by the warming of Oneida Lake. The lake’s peak temperatures during August have been rising steadily, and it was already about as warm as the burbot could stand. There’s no end in sight to that trend, and Cornell biologists say CNY’s last burbot could go belly-up in the foreseeable future.