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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Sorry! Not Buying

Happy New Year!

For those of you who have been reading my column (I’m in my 9th year!) for any time now, you know that I am quite eclectic when it comes to the topics I write about each week. As one person said to me, “I never know what you’re going to write about from week to week.” I responded, “Neither do I!”

I thought I might share a few of my views regarding the Global Warming issue. There are a number of reasons why I have a hard time buying into this notion that man is causing global warming.

First: the organizations that are backing this philosophy are way to the left politically, believing that man is the cause of every ill visited upon the planet. The underlying belief expounded by these Armageddonists is that the earth is extremely delicate. Man is poisoning the air, soil and water. Make no mistake! God appointed the human race to take care of his creation, so we are responsible for doing everything we can to protect our planet. Heedlessly dumping waste into our atmosphere, ground, and water is foolish, to put it kindly. But the earth has demonstrated time and again that it has the ability to rejuvenate itself. Case in point: the mega-oil spill in the Gulf last summer. My goodness! To listen to the prognosticators, the fishing industry along the Gulf Coast was going to be ruined for a decade or more! Any word on this now? No. The slick is no longer there. And not because man removed it, but because we couldn’t find it! Oh yeah – the Gulf fisherman? Including those who fish for crustaceans (shrimp, crab, etc.)? They’re back to fishing.

Second: the person most identified with the Global Warming theory is none other than Al Gore. Can anyone seriously believe this man has any credibility? His “hair on fire” attitude about global warming makes him the worst scare-monger on the planet. Besides, he stands to make a ton of money hawking global warming for businesses that are profiting from this scare.

Third: I remember only too well that back in the ‘70s we were being warned about an impending new Ice Age. So now we’re to believe were entering Global Warming instead. Sorry, I’m not buying it! In recent days, the exceptionally cold weather the United States has been experiencing for the past eighteen months is blamed on – you guessed it! – Global Warming. How can they say this with a straight face? Ironically, Great Britain is experiencing the second coldest winter on record, and possibly the coldest in 1000 years. I say it is ironic because the global warming center of the world is in East Anglia, England. These so-called professional scientists were caught last summer sending e-mails to each other in an attempt to come up with more ways to fool the public about global warming. They are also the ones who predicted that by the year 2000, we would no longer have snow due to – there it is again – Global Warming. Within a few years "children just aren't going to know what snow is." Snowfall will be "a very rare and exciting event," said Dr. David Viner. One of today’s weather stories said that Phoenix, Arizona had snow, and was expecting a low tonight of 30 degrees.

Fourth: Hurricane Katrina (2005) and other storms arising from the Atlantic were supposedly the result of global warming. We were told that these disasters were merely the beginning of more hurricanes that would come barreling into out Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard. But in 2006 there were hardly any hurricanes worth noting, and the activity since Katrina has been lackluster, to say the least. Now if you live along the coast, that’s a good thing. 2005 was the year on record with the most hurricane activity. But what about 2009? And 2010? These two years rank as the lowest, and second (or third) lowest in activity. The information on 2010 has not been finalized, but as of the end of November it is quite low. The hurricane season ends in December. But the folks who make a living predicting such stuff have really missed the mark. I suspect they derive a certain amount of glee in scaring the rest of us. Well, not this kid!

I’m fully aware that there are very good people arguing from both sides of this global warming issue, but I can’t bring myself to buy into the theory that we are doing ourselves in this way. One of the prime reasons I do not accept this is that the Bible states we are going to see the world end in an entirely different manner. But that’s a story for another day.

Anyway, bundle up! It’s going to be a cold winter. Blame it on global warming!

Happy New Year!

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