Global Warming is being promoted as the next doomsday scenario. Like all good doomsday scenarios other than the threat of cosmic collisions, they all have one common theme, e.g. human beings are destroying the environment. While there are many factors that are driven by the human dynamic, some fundamental truths must be stated before a level headed strategy can be developed to handle the alleged Global Warming crisis.
First, it is important for everyone on the planet to know the following fact; the earth is getting warmer and has been in a general warming trend since 1965. This warming trend is almost universally attributed to post 1940 sun spot related activity, not the result of man-generated green house gases. That said it is also important to note that our planet has undergone several periods of warming and cooling and will most likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The real question is whether or not our current warming trend is primarily the result of man-made processes or is it just part of the normal fluctuations of weather, the yin and yang of meteorology.
What is the fundamental overriding factor controlling global warming? That depends on who you choose to ask. What drives the explanation is more politically and theologically motivated than you might think. Those who see mankind as the measure of all things, the primary force of cause and effect in their worldview, see man as both villain and savior. Man is seen as the villain in terms of being the major cause of the problem, e.g. the major producer of green house gases. Man is seen as savior, or the only hope for mankind, because only a drastic change in human activity can reduce these evil green house gases and save the earth from imminent biological death. The remedy may come in many forms, ranging from alternative energy initiatives and changing our lifestyles, e.g. anything from hand-raking leaves to the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones, to the calculation of your Carbon Footprint and the planting of trees to offset your gluttonous appetite for fossil fuel.
If we are to have a positive impact on our environment and be the good stewards of God’s creation that we have been appointed to be, e.g. And Jehovah God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it, Genesis 2:15, we will have to study the problem and separate fact from fiction, discern truth from hype. The first order of business should be an unbiased evaluation of the alleged problem from a variety of sources, both pro and con.
Like any so-called irrefutably truth of science being promoted for personal and political gain, Global Warming has its Achilles heel. We see this same dynamic in the Darwinian Theory of Evolution. Darwin postulated a continuum of life, from the smallest, most basic life forms, e.g. microorganisms, to the most complex and advanced, e.g. Homo sapiens. He was convinced that evidence in support of his theory would soon be forthcoming from the fossil record. The thinking goes something like this. If we really did evolve from lower more primitive life forms, then this should be easily demonstrated to us in the fossil record. We should be able to see a continuum of development at each successive stage from molecules to men, right? Wrong!
When the fossil record was progressively uncovered, low and behold, numerous gaps began to appear between every major variety of life form. So ubiquitous were these gaps that evolutionary guru, the late Harvard professor Stephen Jay Gould, came up with an explanation that seemed to explain these universal gaps.
Borrowing heavily from the ill-named “Hopeful Monster” theory of the late geneticist Richard Goldschmidt (1878-1954), Gould along with fellow paleontologist, Niles Eldridge, developed the theory of Punctuated Equilibria. A theory that explained away the need for transitional fossils by proposing that evolution did not take place as originally postulated, e.g. slow gradual changes accumulating over time through natural selection and the ever illusive and rarely beneficial mutation.
Although proponents of the theory of Punctuated Equilibria bristle at the mention of Goldschmidt’s Hopeful Monster theory when discussing their own, there can be no doubt that the basic concept of both theories are very similar. Those who espouse this theory like to remind everyone that they are not, as Goldschmidt proposed, saying that these changes are instantaneous. They are careful to point out that speciation might take 50,000 years or so in terms of Darwinian Theory. Relatively speaking, this is a very small time frame that is virtually instantaneous by comparison with the hundreds of millions of years of alleged Darwinian evolution. Still, it is not the ‘reptile lays an egg and out pops a bird’ Hopeful Monster version of Darwinian change.
Aside from the fact that even Darwin could not adequately define the term “species” and speciation includes minor variations within the species as well changes between species, Punctuated Equilibria continues to promote the concept that evolution happens too quickly to be adequately documented in the fossil record.
So why are we using this example when we are talking about global warming? The answer is found in the practice of inventing a mechanism that can be used to refute any and all criticism of the established scientific paradigm. In this case the established scientific paradigm is man-made global warming.
Why is there a need to explain away evidence? What data set could be so devastating to the global warming movement that they feel the need to invalidate the data? The answer to that has come to be known as the Medieval Warm Period. What exactly is the Medieval Warm Period? That is the time frame approximately between 800 and 1,400 CE when temperatures worldwide were warmer than our present time.
How important is the Medieval Warming Period?
We see how the evolutionary community deals with actual facts or data that tend to falsify rather than validate their theory. They come up with creative ways to explain away facts that are clearly detrimental to their scientific hypotheses. But how invested are they in getting rid of this data?
The National Academy of Sciences report reaffirmed the existence of the Medieval Warm Period from about 900 AD to 1300 AD and the Little Ice Age from about 1500 to 1850 that followed the Medieval Warm Period.
Both of these periods occurred long before the invention of the SUV or human industrial activity could have possibly impacted the Earth's climate. In fact, scientists believe the Earth was warmer than today during the Medieval Warm Period, when the Vikings grew crops in Greenland. Climate alarmists have been attempting to erase the inconvenient Medieval Warm Period from the Earth's climate history for at least a decade.
David Deming, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma's College of Geosciences, can testify first-hand about this effort.
Dr. Deming was welcomed into the close-knit group of global warming believers after he published a paper in 1995 that noted some warming in the twentieth century. Deming says, he was subsequently contacted by a prominent global warming alarmist and told point blank, "We have to get rid of the Medieval Warm Period." (Heartland Institute 2006)
So what are these proponents of man-made global warming suggesting? Well, taking a page from the book of Gould and Eldridge they are offering up the idea that the entire Medieval Warm Period was just a local anomaly, not a worldwide affair at all. The next question we should ask ourselves is what evidence do they have for making such a bold statement?
The evidence they put forth has very little to do with the reality of climate change and everything to do with the propping up of a, very lucrative for some, doomsday scenario. First of all, this medieval global warm period was followed by what has been called “the Little Ice Age” e.g. a period of global cooling lasting from 1400 to 1850 CE.
Interestingly, the actual data from this period indicates that the Medieval Warm Period was the reason for the Little Ice Age that followed. Much of the measurable data concerning the size and location of glaciers indicates the following, that where some glacial and polar ice is receding, other areas are becoming correspondingly larger.
Here are some bullet points that should give all the global warming Chicken Little’s pause:
These questions are just the tip of the ice berg. There are over 450 peer reviewed articles from global warming skeptics who are bone fide experts in their respective fields. There are 30,000 American scientists urging the United States to reject the Kyoto treaty. So why has it become a grievous sin to question the so-called settled matter of worldwide global warming?
- Greenland is currently undergoing a cooling trend that is expected to last until 2035 (Njau 2004).
- Alarmists fail to adequately explain why temperatures began warming at the end of the Little Ice Age in about 1850.
- Temperatures got colder after CO2 emissions exploded.
- If CO2 is the driving force of global climate change, why do so many in the media ignore the many skeptical scientists who cite these rather obvious inconvenient truths?
The real truth behind this hoax is ideology. All of the most vocal proponents of this doomsday scenario are dedicated to the progressive movement. They want the industrialized nations to pay for their use of the environment and correct the alleged wrongs of centuries of imperialism. They want to hamstring the democracies of the world in favor of the so-called developing countries. Not only that, they want the successful industrialized countries to foot the bill for these other countries, some of them fledgling dictatorships and oppressive regimes.
Follow the money
If you want to find out who or what is behind this conspiracy to promote global warming as the next doomsday scenario, you must do what investigative reporters have been doing for as long as civilization has had a free press and that is, follow the money! That’s right, we need to see who is positioned to gain the most from a world dead set on controlling the production of humanly generated green house gases.
That’s right, you guessed it. It’s the modern guru of doom and destruction, that purveyor of all things carbon, the Academy award winning film maker and ex-vice President of the United States, Al Gore.
Let us forgive Al for tooling around the world in his private jet spewing enormous amounts of manmade CO2 into the atmosphere every time he decides to forego the use of any one of several airline companies that service the traveling public worldwide. What about his $16,308.00 a-year averaged electric bill for his palatial mansion in Nashville, TN? We will admit that pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of many on both sides of this debate is not really helping to sort out fact from fiction, but in Al Gore’s case, we could not resist making this point.
Let’s not forget that Al Gore is intimately involved with the planning of cap-and-trade. Cap and trade is doublespeak for a new stealth way to raise taxes by making every consumer pay more for anything that is part of this point-of-production to end-point-consumer tax scam. Al Gore has started up a company called Generation Investment Management with three former bigwigs from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, David Blood, Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris. Their business? Investing in carbon offsets. There’s also a $500 million Green Growth Fund set up by a Goldmanite to invest in green-tech … the list goes on and on. Goldman is ahead of the headlines again, just waiting for someone to make it rain in the right spot” (Taibbi 2009).
So we can clearly see that Al Gore and his progressive cronies are perfectly positioned to reap the windfall as a result of this phony crisis. If you ever wondered why Al Gore never does interviews concerning his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” it is because he cannot defend the pseudoscience employed in the production of such a clearly flawed piece of propaganda. Here is a short list of the falsehoods promoted in his Academy award winning film.
So pervasive were the inaccuracies in this film that the British court banned the showing of this film in the public schools unless the students were informed of the following three facts. First, the Film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument. Secondly, if teachers present the Film without making this plain they may be in breach of section 406 of the Education Act 1996 and guilty of political indoctrination and finally, eleven (above noted) inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of school children.
- The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The Government's expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
- The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The Court found that the film was misleading: over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800-2000 years.
- The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina and suggests that this has been caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that it was "not possible" to attribute one-off events to global warming.
- The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad and claims that this was caused by global warming. The Government's expert had to accept that this was not the case.
- The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing arctic ice. It turned out that Mr. Gore had misread the study: in fact four polar bears drowned and this was because of a particularly violent storm.
- The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream throwing Europe into an ice age: the Claimant's evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
- The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The Government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
- The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.
- The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting. The evidence was that it is in fact increasing.
- The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7m causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40cm over the next hundred years and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
- The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The Government was unable to substantiate this and the Court observed that this appears to be a false claim (Sheppard 2007).
If it’s not Global Warming, then what is it?
Now that we have established the facts concerning the global warming hoax, we should ask ourselves what we should be doing to prevent these histrionics from further polluting our political landscape and threatening the well-being and safety of our country and the free world.
The answer to this comes very easy to those who have been given enough of God’s grace to see the forest for the proverbial trees. It seems that the further society removes itself from the God who created the heavens and the earth, the more vulnerable we become to a variety of doomsday scenarios. Whether it was the end of the world predictions of Nostradamus, the Millerites (aka Jehovah’s Witnesses), the Mormon Armageddon, nuclear winter, Y2K, or the next sooner or later imminent collision with a killer meteor, many ‘end of life as we know it’ predictions have come and gone without being fulfilled.
Today we face the impending 2012 Mayan ‘end of the world’ prediction, or a future visit from aliens ALA The Day the Earth Stood Still remake version touting the message that man must be exterminated in order to save mother Earth from certain death (not the original 1951 sci-fi classic with Michael Rennie), there have been no shortage, and apparently will continue to be no shortage, of an endless stream of doom and gloom prophets with their dire predictions of imminent destruction.
The end of the world as we know it will clearly come. It will not be the result of some manmade disaster, nuclear war or killer comet. The end of the world as we know it comes with the appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works, Titus 2:11-14.
What really ails mankind? What subjugates men and women leaving them in darkness and bondage? The answer is lies. Lies about who we are and how we got here, lies about our personal worth, whether or not we are truly created in God’s image or not. This goes to the very core of the human condition. This is the real reason that human beings are so easily manipulated. They have rejected the Light of the World and because of that rejection they remain firmly entrenched in darkness. They cannot fulfill the exhortation of Scripture because their rejection of the truth has left them vulnerable to the trickery of men.
…till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— Eph. 4:13-15.
When we take God at His Word, when we trust Him above all else, we are walking in the light as He is in the light. Only then, as the Apostle John shared so long ago, can we be delivered from the kingdom of darkness and enter into the glorious light of the Lord.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.…He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, John 1:1-5,10-14.
Pastor Steve Rowitt, Th.M., Ph.D. (c)
Chief Technical Advisor
Creation Studies Institute
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