Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Global cooling, anyone?

So now the "scientific community" is telling us that the world is experiencing global cooling - "a result of a natural and temporary shift in ocean currents." They predict that this cooling effect could last for the next 7-22 years, and that it has been going on for the last ten years or so.

Whatever happened to global warming? Whatever happened to Al Gore's infamous line, "The planet has a fever"?

Apparently it doesn't.

Admittedly, there is a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth among these environmentalists, as they worry that the decrease in temperature across the planet "may take the heat out of action to fight" global warming.

Gee, do ya think?

The funny thing is, we keep hearing that our human activity is causing this massive shift in the climate - the warming, that is - and that if we don't change, then, well, who knows what will happen? But let me get this straight - global warming is man-made, but global gooling is natural?

Isn't that a bit arbitrary?

Meanwhile, Al Gore goes around and wins Nobel Peace Prizes for his fight against climate change (what climate change has to do with peace, I still haven't figured out) and we keep being propagandized by this environmental agenda. About a month ago, I went to two IMAX movies at the Boston Museum of Science and both of them talked about global warming, citing them, much like evolution, as cold, hard, assumed facts.

In the second movie, on the Grand Canyon, I listened as, in plain English, the narrator (Robert Redford) told us how, 500 years before, part of the Colorado River had dried up where a Native American tribe had lived. There was a terrible drought that disbanded the village. And then he said, "And we want to make sure that doesn't happen again. So take shorter showers. Don't buy bottled water. . ." And then in the next shot, they cut away to Las Vegas, telling us how this city has "drained" the Colorado River of its once-plentiful water.

I was utterly confused. Surely lands Las Vegas couldn't have caused the drought 500 years previously. And surely the drought didn't come about 500 years before because Bobby took 10 minute showers instead of 8. If a drought happened before - sans Las Vegas and bottled water and the 6 billion people that roam this planet now - whose to say that anything I do now will prevent it from happening again?

In the other film, we were taken to the Swiss Alps - a place where the glaciers are seriously disappearing. Yet the movie itself seemed to admit that these same glaciers go in cycles every couple of thousand years or so. But a few minutes later, they say, "Global warming is jeopardizing these glaciers. Stop driving your car."

Apparently the producers are a little confused, as are many scientists.

Well which is it? Global warming? Global cooling? A natural cycle? El Nino? La Nina?

Meanwhile, with this whole global cooling epiphany - whose mention is scantly found anywhere on any major news station or newspaper - scientists have now given themselves a little cushion so they can come up with another explanation 15 years down the road when they realize that this global warming thing isn't panning out.

And, oh yeah, New Hampshire almost set a record this year for snowfall.

And by the way, I definitely believe that we should take care of God's planet. We are definitely called to be stewards of it. But let's just make sure we know what that stewardship really looks like, instead of being sold a bill of goods. Should we try to conserve water? Yes. Does this mean I shouldn't buy it in a bottle? Maybe not. Should we become vegetarians so that more of the rain forest in South America - where a lot of the cattle is raised, only to find its way onto American's plates - is destroyed, all the while displacing thousands of people from their natural habitat? Most definitely. But, again, let's just make sure we know what we're talking about so we don't needlessly place ourselves in slavery to the environment. We are called to be "stewards" of this planet, not slaves to it.

7 comments:

Corey said...

Here, here. I'm so SICK of hearing about global warming. I think they have over-saturated the news and media with talk of it and it has had the opposite affect on me then what they intended - it makes me not care.

Travis Walker said...

I can agree that the whole global warming thing has been taken to the extreme by many. But we mustn't overlook the fact that we are stewards of this earth and there is no doubt in my mind that we are consuming the resources of this planet at an alarming rate and create exponential amounts of waste daily. Just because as Christians we believe in the second coming (unlike the environmentalists who are mostly atheists and believe this planet is all we will ever have, pity) that doesn't mean that we should neglect our duty to protect and maintain God's creation. I think a balance of opinion is very prudent in this conversation.

Travis Walker said...

By the way shawn I am up and running now on http://emergingadventist.blogspot.com

later bro

Joel said...

since I disagree with basically everything in this post, I won't address any of it. Just a couple of quotes that come to mind.

“The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it”. George Bernard Shaw

"It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument". William Gibbs McAdoo

Do you understand the futility of converting the masses with these attitudes, Shawn? You'll only get the suckers, and those going through desperate times, willing to grab onto anything, but a few years later, they will change, and you will be left with the chosen few, too proud to think. But then again, that seems to be most pastors game, convert the weak, use divisive language to prevent them from ever thinking, then just maintain the fold.

I will never be a part of a church without an environmental and logical conscience. You quote the same mainstream media that you mocked in past posts, doesn't that just mock you intelligence in collecting information?

Since this is the level you choose to write at, this is that last post I will make here.

Shawn Brace said...

Travis,

Thank you for your thoughts. I agree with you, as I said in the post, that we do need to be "stewards" of this earth. I am not opposed to environmental issues, per se, I just want to make sure that the information I am being given is legitimate information.

Joel,

I am sorry to come across as such an ignorant man. I will take your criticisms to heart.

I will say, though, that I am not trying to "convert" anyone or trying to appeal to the "weaklings." I was simply sharing my observations on this curious predicament we find ourselves in. And I'm sorry if I have used "divisive" language that prevents people from thinking. On the contrary, I feel as though this "Global Warming" hysteria has roped a lot of people in, and caused many to accept it as fact without questioning it.

At the same time, I thought I was fairly clear in my post that I think we do need to care for the environment and be concerned with it. I just want to make sure that I know where the truth lies in this whole discussion. I get frustrated when I feel like I am being misled. Yes, it is my responsibility to find out the facts, but if the place I am getting my facts is not being very forthright, how can I, as a "layman" in the scienitific field, separate truth from error?

And simply because I am critical of the media, necessarily means that I can never quote from it again?

Joel, I am sorry if I have betrayed your confidence. I have appreciated your comments on here, reminding me that there is an alternative view. I wholeheartedly respect your views and I appreciate the fact that you respect mine. Simply because we disagree on issues doesn't mean we cannot continue discussing them.

Micaiah said...

That was a very gracious response to the person named "Joel". It is difficult to have a discussion with someone that has obviously committed to believing his position since, “The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it. (George Bernard Shaw)" Surely it is "impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument". (William Gibbs McAdoo)...that is... if you are in fact arguing!

Way to go Shawn.
God bless,
Micaiah

Shawn Brace said...

Thank you for your thoughts, Micaiah.