Thursday, November 29, 2007

A rerun post (slightly edited) from April:

Monday, April 23, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

I read it, as promised, and once I got past the first several pages of Mr. Gore giving himself credit for advances in environmental issues and placing blame on President Bush for a variety of ills, I now see that global warming is happening. I am not a scientist by any stretch of the imagination (neither is Al Gore) however, I have some questions. I found the two most convincing evidences of global warming he presents are the melting glaciers and the evaporation of Lake Chad in Africa. If humans and their machines are causing global warming, why do glaciers melt when they exist in areas where human population is sparse? And science has been declaring for centuries that without interference, naturally occurring phenomena tend toward decay, so why wouldn’t glaciers melt anyway? Glaciers are ice and ice melts. Maybe we are in the midst of a cosmic hot flash. Watch an ice cube - the smaller it gets, the quicker it melts. The same would apply to glaciers. How did CO2 cause the evaporation of Lake Chad when the auto-human ratio in that area is something like 20 people to every car, while in the US, where the auto-human ratio is pretty much 1-1, most of our naturally occurring bodies of water remain at a constant level? Mr. Gore quotes his college professor’s findings of rising CO2 levels which he tracked through several years over Hawaii, but why wouldn’t the CO2 levels be on the rise over Hawaii since the entire collection of islands is made up of volcanoes in various stages of activity?If you hold to Evolutionary theory, the earth is millions of years old. If you are a Creationist, the earth is about 6,000 years old. Climatology has only been around for the past 400 years or so and accurate records of climate changes and meteorological phenomena are even younger. Ice cores and tree rings (dendroclimatology) can give clues as to what climate changes have taken place, but can not give us the reasons for those climate fluctuations. Given the large scale studies needed and the long time periods required to scientifically prove cause and effect in climatology, it is at best, a stochastic process and should be studied as such. The late Dr. D. James Kennedy (who held nine PhD.’s) said that only about 3% of the scientists in the world have the skills, knowledge and experience to fully study and understand the issue. They need to examine all the possible causes in order to determine the truth. Studies of Galactic Cosmic Rays hold some interest in the effects of sunspot activities on climate fluctuations. In the meantime, the “what you can do to help” section is old news. I’ve been doing most of it since the 1980s, except for the curly-que light bulbs, which are new. I will continue to do so. And I close this rant with Haggai 2:4-5 “And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So DO NOT BE AFRAID.” (Emphasis mine.) And Genesis 8:22 - "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."
I choose to believe the Word of God over Mr. Gore's book.


Sue said...

One of the reasons for global warming has to be that we are replacing too much of our green grass and trees with concrete to build super hiways and parking lots.

Joe B said...

Where is the evidence? Its coincidental at best.

What are you going to say when the planet begins to cool in about 15 years. Are we going to need to accelerate roads and highways? Should be pollute more to warm it up?

Let me see if I can dig up the articles I found on GW. Did you see the link I posted on the crazy abortion lady? Check that one out. Lots of views from the other side.

Paul said...

I like your last two sentences.

Jamie Dawn said...

I saw the movie, but did not read the book.
I believe that global warming is happening, but I also believe that there have been global warmings and coolings over the history of earth.
I don't believe that man is the major cause of climate changes.
I don't think that by changing light bulbs and riding a bike to work, we will make the climate cooler.
If man is the cause of the warming, than if India and China do not make huge changes, then any changes me make will be meaningless.
I do not think it is the crisis it is made out to be, and more and more scientists are beginning to speak out about how they disagree with Gore's predictions.
I wrote a comedic post on the subject if you're interested in reading it:

I hope you're having a nice weekend.

Janell said...

JD - TOTALLY agree. So glad you found me! Though I think I have more to learn from you than the other way around! I am looking forward to Blogchurch, which Cliff highly recommneds.

Janell said...

JD - I will gladly pay you on Tuesday (if we dont' freeze our you-know-whats off) for a bumper sticker today. You are BRILLIANT!

Jamie Dawn said...