Archive for January 6th, 2009

Bah!Over break, I received a link to an article in the Huffington Post (a blog I studiously avoid) in an email my friend titled “Hell Has Frozen Over – Literally”.

The article is titled, Mr. Gore: Apology Accepted, and deals with the non-politically correct data which has been steadily building in opposition to the sealth-Luddite positions on Global Warming/Climate Change by Al Gore and others over the past decade and a half.

Mr. Gore has stated, regarding climate change, that “the science is in.” Well, he is absolutely right about that, except for one tiny thing. It is the biggest whopper ever sold to the public in the history of humankind.

What is wrong with the statement? A brief list:

1. First, the expression “climate change” itself is a redundancy, and contains a lie. Climate has always changed, and always will. There has been no stable period of climate during the Holocene, our own climatic era, which began with the end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago. During the Holocene there have been numerous sub-periods with dramatically varied climate, such as the warm Holocene Optimum (7,000 B.C. to 3,000 B.C., during which humanity began to flourish, and advance technologically), the warm Roman Optimum (200 B.C. to 400 A.D., a time of abundant crops that promoted the empire), the cold Dark Ages (400 A.D. to 900 A.D., during which the Nile River froze, major cities were abandoned, the Roman Empire fell apart, and pestilence and famine were widespread), the Medieval Warm Period (900 A.D. to 1300 A.D., during which agriculture flourished, wealth increased, and dozens of lavish examples of Gothic architecture were created), the Little Ice Age (1300 to 1850, during much of which plague, crop failures, witch burnings, food riots — and even revolutions, including the French Revolution — were the rule of thumb), followed by our own time of relative warmth (1850 to present, during which population has increased, technology and medical advances have been astonishing, and agriculture has flourished).

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2. Mr. Gore has gone so far to discourage debate on climate as to refer to those who question his simplistic view of the atmosphere as “flat-Earthers.” This, too, is right on target, except for one tiny detail. It is exactly the opposite of the truth.

And he continues to tear into Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” and recent conventional wisdom, quite deftly. Why is this news? In my estimation it is because it is being carried in a liberal publication that a) has a level of influence with part of our country’s policy-makers; b) is unashamedly counter to their past direction; and c) it may be part of a signal of the end of the browbeating/blackballing of voices which question orthodoxy on Global Warming/Climate Change in support of an unspoken, yet distinct, anti-industrial agenda…

Disclaimers

1) I believe we, as Christians ought to be good stewards of God’s Creation, and all of the resources within it.

2) I believe the Western lifestyle is often wasteful.

3) Despite #1 and #2, I think we often get caught up in “environmentally friendly” programs/ideas/fads which do little (or actually do damage) – example: corn ethanol & food-based biofuels – because it feels like we’re doing something good for the environment, even if we’re not…

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