In an open letter to Santa (posted at the Huffington Post), Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., warns Mr. Claus that he and his reindeer may soon have to move their base of operations from the North Pole due to the "dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice."
Apparently Sen. Menendez didn't hear that another ice age is on the way.
Here's the Senator's full letter:
Dear Santa Claus,
I am writing out of concern, because you may have to move from the North Pole due to the dramatic melting of Arctic sea ice. The Navy's chief oceanographer says that by the summer of 2020 the North Pole may not have summer ice and other scientists project that an ice-free Arctic is possible as soon as 2012!
Scientists overwhelmingly agree that polar ice is melting because of greenhouse gas pollution and I am working hard to reduce these emissions. But there is probably nothing we can do in time to save the North Pole. I am worried about your safety and your ability to deliver billions of Christmas gifts if the ice cap on the North Pole no longer stays frozen all year. What will happen to your house, your workshop, the elves' houses and your reindeer barns?
I want you to know that if you want to relocate to the beautiful state of New Jersey, I would be proud to assist you. But given the climate you are accustomed to, I will understand if you would like to relocate to the South Pole. Just be sure not to move to the Antarctic Peninsula or West Antarctic ice sheet, areas that are also experiencing rapid ice melt.
Please know that I will work to mobilize the U.S. federal government to assist when you relocate. I am sure we can both agree that on a warming planet, we need to do all we can to save Christmas.
I feel a "Santa Stimulus" coming -- complete with a green energy government grant for a new electric sleigh to replace all those methane-producing reindeer and collective bargaining agreements for Santa's Elves International Union (SEIU).
Doug Powers also jokingly wonders why any self-respecting liberal environmentalist would worry about Santa's well-being.
Santa Claus is a morbidly obese future burden on the health care system who utilizes animal slave labor and vertically-challenged sweatshop workers who are paid well below a living wage in a non-union environment to manufacture and deliver toys that are fraught with small-part choking hazards that may promote violence. Democrats should be more than happy to see Santa forced to move down here where he’ll be more easily regulated and they can confiscate their fair share of the presents.