The Climate is Changing! The Climate is Changing!
Horror of Horrors! Crisis of Crises! Surely this must be a crisis unmatched in the history of the world! The whole earth is warming. The glaciers are all melting!The polar ice caps are melting! The sea levels are going to rise so much that our beautiful coastal cities, such as Miami and Tampa Bay and New Orleans (not to mention all the other coastal cities around the world) will soon be under water! Horrors!! Following that tragic line of thought, if we perchance allow all the ice in our water glass to melt, it will surely run over and flood the whole table. Good Heavens!
That whole presumption seems ridiculous to me. Nevertheless, the perceived ‘Global Warming’ crisis gained near unprecedented traction. I think it was Winston Churchill who coined the phrase, “Never let a good crises go to waste.” And many of our vaunted leaders are certainly following that advise to the max. Rahm Emanuel, then President-Elect Obama’s appointed Chief of Staff, declared their plans for the Obama Presidency by stating, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” In a speech during a town hall meeting with people at the EU Parliament in Brussels March 6, 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed that same philosophy to the audience in attendance. In a graduation address at West Point, President Obama described ‘Global Warming’ as the menace that threatens to destroy the world’s great cities, uproot millions, and turn crop fields to dust. In a recent speech made in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated that Global Warming is as big a threat as terrorism or weapons of mass destruction. Really??
But it was evidently Al Gore who had originally stumbled onto the theory of global warming during a course at the revered Harvard (Hah’-vud) University under Professor Roger Revelle, one of the first scientists to measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Revelle is now widely regarded as firing the opening shot in the global warming debates. But it was the opportunistic Al Gore who saw a ready made crisis; and he was certainly not going to let that ‘Global Warming’ crisis go to waste. It was Al Gore who seized the opportunity to become rich and famous by perpetuating that ‘crisis’ to heights unmatched since the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Hmm, let’s see if we are getting all this straight. According to Revelle, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the great perpetrator of global warming. And now we are told by Al Gore (and all his faithful followers) that the human race is the great perpetrator of carbon dioxide. Thus, the onus is on us. We are the main culprits causing global warming crisis. With that perceived crisis in hand, Al Gore and other liberal politicians have duped much of the civilized world into believing that global warming is public enemy number one, threatening life as we know it here on planet earth. In the 2014 commencement address at University of California at Irvine, President Obama stated, “Levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere are higher than they’ve been in 800,000 years.” Whew!
Ah, but now the global warming debates have cooled somewhat; the populous is turning. But we can’t afford to take our foot off the pedal; so the new crisis is ‘Climate Change’. Of course climate change is indeed a fact—always has been and probably always will be. It’s the nature of God’s complex ecosystem. Climate change was even prophesied in the Scriptures. In Genesis 41:29-30 we read, “The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt. But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten in Egypt. Famine will destroy the land (NLT.)” And it happened exactly as prophesied. I submit that it was not carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but rather it was God dealing with the Children of Israel—no more, no less.
And as to the actual source of carbon dioxide, scientists disagree on what percentage of atmospheric CO2 is actually produced by humans rather than by volcanic activity. Others have even theorized that cattle flatulence is another major source of CO2 in the atmosphere. On March 28, 2014, the Daily Caller reported that the White House wants to cut methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25 percent by the year 2020. That story was repeated by the Washington Times on March 31, 2014. Hmm, I am curious as to how they can accomplish that and then measure it. (That gives new meaning to the phrase, ‘passing the smell test’.) And I am also curious as to how our esteemed president knew how much CO2 was in the atmosphere 800,000 years ago. I guess he thought he could throw that out there and no one could disprove it.
Let’s look a few other facts. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Great Lakes were once huge glaciers. They melted! Imagine that! I wonder if the politicians were wringing their hands over that ‘global warming’ crisis? Apparently not. Borderline Nordic landmasses such as coastal plains of Southwest Greenland have been alternately covered and clear of ice. But did those climate changes create a crisis? Also, apparently not. And, another interesting little fact conveniently omitted: according to published scientific charts and graphs, the average global temperature has risen by a “whopping’ 0.89° C since the year 1880 A.D. (In case you missed it, that’s less than 1º—in the last 134 years) As a matter of fact, the average global temperature has remained basically flat for the last 17 years. How is that for creating a crisis? It should also be noted that during all their hand wringing, no mention is ever made of those phenomenal weather makers referred to as El Niño and La Niña. I suppose they are also ignoring reports that polar ice in Antarctica is currently at record highs according to the Washington Times and Forbes. According to AccuWeather, the 2013-14 winter season is one of the coldest winters in 20 years. And, the Huffington Post recently featured this headline, “Chicago Just Had Its Coldest Winter In History.”
So, what is the underlying impetus for all this hysteria over alleged Global Warming and/or Climate Change? Could it be money? Could this fabricated crisis possibly be money driven? According to numerous reports, Al Gore has amassed a fortune of over $300 million since his Vice Presidency days. Big chunks of that wealth were obtained through a succession of very profitable shady deals with Occidental Petroleum Company. All the while he was also earning huge honorariums by giving numerous speeches out of the other side of his mouth decrying the evils of petroleum based fuels. For example, the Student Union Treasury of Washington University in St. Louis voted to allocate $92,350 for the College Democrats to bring him to campus for a speech September 15, 2011. By all indications, this was a typical honorarium. It doesn’t take long for paychecks such as that to run into serious money… the opportunistic Al Gore had obviously happened upon an honest-to-gosh, bona fide ‘money tree’.
And, as with all ‘money trees’, as soon as one is discovered, the feeding frenzy begins. Wow! Does it ever! Hoards of politicians, and nearly all media types jumped on board to cash in on the action. Climate Change is now the cash cow of the day. Millions upon millions of $$ have been earned personally and/or funneled through to various pet alternative energy projects. It is so obvious that since the Iowa caucuses are so important in presidential elections, all presidential ‘wannabees’ promise to produce massive amounts of fuel derived from Iowan corn. “Vote for me and I will make you rich and famous!” Yeehaa! I can only surmise that if the early caucuses were held in Idaho rather than Iowa, we would all be burning fuel derived from potatoes. And the beat goes on.
In thinking of this phenomenon, I feel that nearly all of us are familiar with the Scripture, “For the love of money is the root of all evil:…(! Timothy 6:10 KJV).) That remarkable display of greed is certainly on display here—from the president and his minions on down.