I was scheduled to give a talk at the Hannah Arendt conference here at Bard this evening on the problems of the green movement in dealing with the connections between scientific data and public policy, but just received word that the talk has been canceled because of the snowstorm now enveloping the Hudson Valley.The northeaster now bringing winter storm conditions to the eastern seaboard is probably not going to win many new converts to the climate change movement, though apologists will gallantly argue that, dialectically understood, early blizzards demonstrate the power of climate change. Myself, I note that the scientific consensus that the planet is in fact getting warmer continues to strengthen, regardless of current conditions in upstate New York. The evidence that green policy prescriptions will have any effect on this phenomenon, however, gets weaker with every new policy failure and political setback.The discussion of green policy failure will have to await more seasonal weather and here in Red Hook we will be worrying more about the climate than about climate change during the next few hours. The heavy snowflakes falling outside threaten to bring down even more trees than usual as an unusually wet fall has left the ground soft. The snowplows and sand trucks have already started to go past, and the soft colors of late fall have yielded to the stark black and white of a winter landscape.Actually, I welcome the prospect of a quiet evening at home. The twelve hour time difference with China has left me thoroughly discombobulated, and it’s possible that my talk at the conference would have reflected that. By Monday, when I’ll be talking to a group in New York about Clausewitz I should be more myself again, ready to discuss the relationship of theory and practice to the study of war. In the meantime, dear readers, there may be a few blog posts coming your way. The more I catch up on my sleep, the more the urge to comment on the dramatic developments sweeping our world begins to reassert itself.