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Not according to a recent statement by one of the leading global warming proponents. James Lovelock(1), the father of the Gaia Theory, recently commented on MSNBC that he and others were “alarmist” in predicting that the earth would heat up causing massive death and destruction. This hasn’t happened, and he admits that he made a mistake. He still believes it will happen, “but it’s been deferred a bit.” He also admitted that “we don’t know what the climate is doing.”
So is the earth really heating up and, more importantly, is the rise in temperature caused by human activity? The earth has apparently heated up about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the time of available temperature data of 1900. But does this mean that this temperature rise was caused by man’s activities?
We are told that carbon dioxide levels are rapidly increasing because of burning fossil fuels like coal, diesel fuel and gasoline. But carbon dioxide only accounts for about 5% of the greenhouse effect. Water is far better at heating things up than carbon dioxide. Also, the earth has built-in mechanisms to handle increases in natural atmospheric gases. For example, the oceans are a tremendous sink for carbon dioxide. The more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the more the oceans absorb, the more coral and plant life is formed. This, in turn, supports more sea life. More carbon dioxide also supports more plant life on land. All of this moderates the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. When Lovelock was postulating that the earth was going to dangerously warm up and billions of people would die, these effects were not well understood.
Atmospheric water has a much greater effect on the temperature of the earth, but it, too, has built-in moderating factors. For example, the warmer it gets, the more water goes into the atmosphere. The more water that is in the atmosphere, the more sun rays are block by the water. This, then, has a cooling effect on the earth. The opposite happens the cooler it gets. The cooler it gets, the less water is in the atmosphere, resulting in more rays of sun reaching the earth, causing it to become warmer. It’s like these moderating factors were built in from the start by an amazing Creator who knew life needed fairly constant conditions in order to flourish. What an awesome God we serve!
So why do some scientists make these outlandish, alarming predictions based on very limited data and understanding of the systems they are studying? And why are politicians and the media so eager to pick up the banner to cry wolf? Is there another agenda here?
It is very tempting for the scientist who is under pressure to obtain grants working on problems that are politically correct or popular. And who doesn’t like publicity and notoriety? Politicians, on the other hand, often have a different agenda. I believe that the case for global warming is motivated by the desire to redistribute wealth worldwide. Nations that are burning the most fossil fuels are the wealthier nations like the United States and the European nations. So if we develop a worldwide tax on the amount of carbon dioxide a nation produces, guess who pays the taxes. I am all for not wasting any of the earth’s resources, including energy. But controlling societies by taxation and regulations is rarely productive and, in the long run, lowers the standard of living for us all.
This article is based on an interview broadcast by Broken Road Radio. To hear the original interview and many others on biblical creation topics, go to http://brokenroadradio.com/category/archives/dr-don-clark/