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Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:36 PM

Oklahoma is so hot that street lamps are melting!

Oklahoma is so hot that street lamps are melting
By Tecca | Today in Tech 5 hrs ago
http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/QD76YdLKrrco8t3HhFvNsw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/Highs of 115 degrees are taking its toll on the nation's heartland

It's hard to not be concerned with global warming when its effects are right in front of your eyes. Sure, it's one thing when the ocean begins to reclaim islands, but when you can see the effects in your home town, well, that's another story altogether. Case in point: KFOR TV in Stillwater, Oklahoma is reporting that temperatures are so high that the street lamps have begun melting.

To be sure, Stillwater is suffering from one heck of a heatwave. It's expected to reach 115 there today, 108 on Friday, and 109 on Saturday. And warmer temperatures are nothing new: July represented the 23rd month out of the last 28 that came in warmer than average.
It's possible the heat itself isn't responsible for the event it's being reported on Facebook that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren't reason enough to go green, we don't know what is.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technology-blog/oklahoma-hot-street-lamps-melting-203656312.html

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Reply Oklahoma is so hot that street lamps are melting! (Original post)
KoKo Aug 2012 OP
flamingdem Aug 2012 #1
yawnmaster Aug 2012 #15
fascisthunter Aug 2012 #2
Viva_La_Revolution Aug 2012 #3
Marie Marie Aug 2012 #4
Honeycombe8 Aug 2012 #5
freshwest Aug 2012 #9
raouldukelives Aug 2012 #25
Drale Aug 2012 #6
robinlynne Aug 2012 #7
upi402 Aug 2012 #8
Kablooie Aug 2012 #10
Raster Aug 2012 #12
Monk06 Aug 2012 #14
Kablooie Aug 2012 #18
Trillo Aug 2012 #11
thelordofhell Aug 2012 #13
Yavin4 Aug 2012 #16
yawnmaster Aug 2012 #17
Behind the Aegis Aug 2012 #19
HiPointDem Aug 2012 #20
greyl Aug 2012 #21
guardian Aug 2012 #33
greyl Aug 2012 #35
GObamaGO Aug 2012 #22
orwell Aug 2012 #23
raccoon Aug 2012 #24
malaise Aug 2012 #26
Codeine Aug 2012 #27
Ratty Aug 2012 #30
Atman Aug 2012 #28
Viva_La_Revolution Aug 2012 #29
uppityperson Aug 2012 #31
cherokeeprogressive Aug 2012 #32
Spacer125 Aug 2012 #34

Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:37 PM

1. New materials will have to be invented

The Chinese are probably already on it..

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:30 PM

15. lol... it's called glass. eom

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:37 PM

2. I Saw That Earlier Today

Incredible, isn't it?

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:41 PM

3. melting pattern says the fire caused it

if it was the heat it would melt from the top down, not on the side like that.

yes, global warming is bad, but it didn't melt those streetlights

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:41 PM

4. Holy Crap.

That is alarming. To all our DUers in Oklahoma, stay cool!

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:41 PM

5. OMG. That's unbelievable. I worry about the animals, out in that heat all day. nt

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:49 PM

9. +1

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Response to Honeycombe8 (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 07:36 AM

25. They are helpless and it is depressingly horrible.

I wish stock market investors could see this. Could understand what every dollar in the market is doing to our environment, what is says about their values and what is most important to them.
The wildlife is vanishing around my home. I know it must be suffering everywhere. They need our help now. The time to profit off destroying their homes is over.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:44 PM

6. I'm in Chicago

and we had a streak of like 5 days of 100+ temps and the handle of our grill brush melted.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:46 PM

7. plastic lights? Who makes plastic lights? What an insane idea. made in china?

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:46 PM

8. Climate Skeptic, Koch-Funded Scientist Richard Muller Admits Global Warming Real

DemocracyNow!
http://www.democracynow.org/2012/8/2/climate_skeptic_koch_funded_scientist_richard

Even these guys can't spread the bullshit with a straight face anymore.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 10:49 PM

10. That wind isn't sweeping down the plain this year I guess.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:19 PM

12. hahahshshahahahahah

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:28 PM

14. Yeah but there's pasture fer the cattle, spinich and termaters, lol

Never thought spinach and termaters needed pasturin'

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Response to Monk06 (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:04 AM

18. At least everything's up to date in Kansas City. That's a relief.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:19 PM

11. Once upon a time,

the streetlight covers were made of glass.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:20 PM

13. Yeah......all the streetlights are melting in Stillwater

Never mind the trash bin that was on fire next to them........and that the lights in the back are unharmed......c'mon now, there are too many examples of real high heat out there.....this isn't one.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:32 PM

16. Isn't Oklahoma The Home of Senator James Inhofe?

The same Sen. Inhofe who is a huge climate change denier.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:32 PM

17. "it's being reported...that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting...

..."plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness."
yeah, and the match or cigarette someone threw in it.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:28 AM

19. It is 11:18pm and 92 degrees outside. The wind is blowing...

...and it is like turning on the oven, opening it, and turning on the fan in the oven. It is hot, dry air. Since, July 16th, we have had over 100 degree highs, except one bone-chilling day, when the high was a paltry 97 degrees. I am more afraid of fires at this point. It hasn't rained here since July 26th and we only got .23 of an inch. For the entire month, we only had .44 of an inch of rain; three inches below average. Everything is very dry and it looks like fall here; yards are dead, trees are losing or have lost all their leaves, and animals are no where to be seen. I got the stink-eye today from a hummingbird because I hadn't re-filled the feeder. It looked at the feeder, then me, then the feeder, then me again before flying off. I can only imagine what she would have said could she speak.

Another possible problem, which happened here a few years back, was it got so damn hot, for so long, the roads started erupting. In one place it ripped across a 4-lane highway and looked like a fault line from an earthquake. The house is very hot, even in the evenings despite having the air running, and there have been spotty brown outs, too. The puppies don't dawdle when they go outside to potty...it's do your business, come back in the house and flop on the air vent or ceramic floor.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:23 AM

20. stupid. melted by fire, not by the sun. why was this story even published? just fear-mongering.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #20)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:33 AM

21. Astonishingly stupid. nt

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Response to greyl (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 4, 2012, 11:16 PM

33. Yes but

 

how many global warming doomers latched onto this story and actually believed that weather caused the glass to melt. What else will they believe and repeat?

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Response to guardian (Reply #33)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 03:54 AM

35. A couple dozen, at least. But the story is about heat, not Global Warming.

I'm sure thousands of teabaggers and neocons didn't think it through either.

edit: the headline is about heat, I should say. I think many recs of this thread reacted to only that, and not the plain revelation further down that there was a dumpster fire in close proximity, and how the photo reveals the lamp melting wasn't global, so to speak, but rather on one side. Kind of like it would look if a dumpster fire caused it.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 02:58 AM

22. Whoa, that is scary!

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:30 AM

23. Paging Senator Inhoffe...

...your crow is ready...

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 07:10 AM

24. I feel for the people in Oklahoma. Seems every time I hear a weather


forecast it is over 100 there.


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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 07:39 AM

26. Someone should interview that moron of a ReTHUG Senator

When I saw the highest recorded temperature in his state I thought Mother Nature was sending Inhofe a personal message.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 07:41 AM

27. Fucking stupid. 115F isn't gonna melt the streetlight globes.

Dumb, dumb, dumb story that gives fodder to the idiots who downplay or deny climate change.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #27)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 11:47 AM

30. This story is all over the place right now

And receiving, deservedly, widespread ridicule.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 08:36 AM

28. These kind of stories make me miss Un-Rec

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Response to Atman (Reply #28)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 10:32 AM

29. +1 nt

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Response to Atman (Reply #28)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 12:55 PM

31. Me too. Street lamps melted because of a dumpster fire.

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Fri Aug 3, 2012, 01:09 PM

32. Sometimes ya can't help but laugh...

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Response to KoKo (Original post)

Sun Aug 5, 2012, 02:03 AM

34. Great isn't it?

Even my fans can't keep up with the heat, it makes it like a blast furnace... still better than nothing.

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