There is no question planet Earth is entering a warming cycle. I have reported on it before. The critical issue is what interpretation is advanced to explain the cause of this phenomenon.
The more I read about the interpretation being proclaimed by the left-wing liberals, the more I am convinced that they’re using global warming to both advance their one-world, anti-nationalism agenda and to raise money for their own personal political agendas. Some have achieved a “heady” celebrity status through this newfound cause that they couldn’t attain by other means.
Recently, the San Antonio Express covered a speech Al Gore gave to a capacity crowd of “True Believers” who gathered to hear how buying “eco-credits” (from him) will save the planet.
The Express summarized the problem facing the planet, according to Gore:
“Global warming is the heating of the Earth caused in large part by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Most scientists agree such warming and the changing climate that comes with it will likely cause a number of problems and crises this century. … [including] flooding and severe coastal erosion from rising seas and increasingly severe storms, more common and prolonged drought, and changes in the growing seasons and migration patterns of many wild species.”
Well, if you read it in the newspaper, then it MUST be true – right?
Actually, if the phrase “most scientists” means “more than half,” then a number of scientists don’t agree. Gore’s contention is that man-made greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming.
Six different Antarctic ice core studies, whose results were published in peer-reviewed scientific studies between 1999 and 2006, found exactly the opposite.
The ice core data allowed researchers to examine multiple climate changes they say reaches back over the past 650,000 years (that is their number, not mine). All six studies found atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations tracking closely with temperatures. But it is very important to note that the CO2 concentrations lagged behind changes in temperature, rather than led them.
The time lag between temperatures moving up or down and elevated greenhouse gas levels ranged from a few hundred to a few thousand years. Even a non-scientist, faced with those statistics, could only conclude that global warming causes increased greenhouse gases – not vice versa. But the global warming scare is rooted entirely in the proposition that the opposite is the case.
Much is being made of the receding glaciers. What doesn’t get much attention is what the receding glaciers reveal hidden beneath. The remains of human settlements, bones, arrowheads, pottery, copper and silver mines, flora and fauna, even the perfectly preserved remains of human beings – some of them dating back only a few centuries.
The “Iceman” found in a British Columbia glacier in 1999 was radiocarbon dated to about A.D.1450. Not only was his body perfectly preserved, so was his clothing. He died wearing little more than a light cloak and hat and thin leather moccasins. The food pouch he was carrying contained pieces of salmon.
What does that mean? It means that the glaciers weren’t there 550 years ago. They receded during the Mediaeval Warming Period. But there is no record of catastrophic sea level changes and submerging coastlines. And it is unlikely that the industrial hydrocarbon pollution given off by humans in the years prior to A.D. 1000 were responsible for either the warming trend, or that buying “carbon offsets” brought on the Little Ice Age that followed.
I believe global warming is real, in the sense that the earth’s temperature is rising in our era. It began rising in the mid 1970s – after the 30-year cooling trend that began in the 1940s that had 1970s scientists warning of a coming “ice age.”
Recently, NASA issued a report that Mars is exhibiting the exact same global warming trends Al Gore says is being caused by humanity’s overuse of carbon-based fuels. NASA’s scientists say that the surface of Mars has warmed by about 1 degree Fahrenheit since the 1970s – almost the same rise in temperature levels as on planet Earth.
NASA used heat maps of the Martian surface from the 1970s Viking mission and compared them with maps from the 1990s Mars Global Surveyor project, which marked changes in temperature on the Red Planet.
On Mars, NASA says, it is because of the wildly fluctuating “solar activity” that commenced at the turn of the 21st century. But the Gore crowd proclaims it is being caused by human activity on Earth.
Two different planets in the same solar system, experiencing identical climate changes, but with utterly unrelated causes? An amazing coincidence? It seems unlikely. But the worldwide sense of panic is real enough, even if the purported cause is not.
As for me, I believe the promise of the universe’s Creator concerning this planet’s ecology. God promised mankind after the universal flood, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. ‘While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.'” (Genesis 8:22 NASB)
In other words, though there may be cycles of change, there will not be catastrophic shifts that will end man’s existence on this planet.
Two thousand years ago, before either the Mediaeval Warming Period or the Little Ice Age, Jesus Christ was asked by His disciples to reveal the signs that would indicate the end of this present age and Christ’s imminent return.
On this, Jesus explained, “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:25-26 NASB)
This predicts there will be increasing super-storms caused by phenomena occurring in sun, moon and stars. He predicts the very powers of our galaxy will be shaken, but Christ returns in time to reset our ecology that will have been catastrophically damaged by the global war of Armageddon.
The violent increase in the frequency and intensity of super storms, largely caused by a warming cycle, is a sign of His imminent return. Jesus says of the generation that witnesses this change, “So, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.” (Matthew 24:33-34 NASB)
All the predicted signs are here, so we can expect the very things that are developing before our eyes to occur. It is time to make sure you are ready to meet God. Jesus Christ gave His life in your place to purchase a pardon for you. But you must confess your falling short of God’s law and receive it.
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