GLOBAL WARMING AND OTHER MYTHS

As I sit in my summer cabin on my vacation in the middle of July I am under a blanket and the outside thermometer reads 9 C.  Global warming!  Promises, promises!

I am well aware that you cannot judge a global trend from anecdotal evidence gathered from one’s little dot on the planet.  Others, like my wife, will think I have no business commenting on matters outside my expertise in the first place.  When has that ever stopped me before?  Actually, my whole point of this blog is to discuss things that might not be ready for prime time.  My explicit goal is to speak my mind on controversial issues and get us thinking.  I don’t mind if people take issue or not.  It’s not about always agreeing, it’s about the free exchange of ideas.

I’ve never believed the hype about global warming.  When I have made even vague reference to that in sermons I have received quick and sometimes severe reaction.  I usually just joke about it saying, “Hey, I live in Winnipeg…we are praying for global warming”! 

 

By now everybody has seen Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.  I rather enjoyed it and was impressed by how interesting the otherwise dull Al Gore was.  But an Oscar and a Nobel Prize was a bit much.  Who could not be alarmed by the images of huge chunks of glacial ice melting and calving into the sea? 

 

The fact is that is what glacial ice does when it reaches the ocean and ironically since the film was made the earth has been in a cooling trend.  The planet has been cooling down since 1997 and the polar ice in many areas is growing.

Icecaps

Much has been made about the Northwest Passage opening up for the first time ever.  Really?  Some conveniently forget their history.  The NW Passage has been traversed many times.  In 1906  Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen sailed it in a converted 47-ton wooden herring boat, just in time to escape creditors seeking to stop the expedition.  (And yes I know he had to over-winter in the ice, but the passage still opened up in the summer to enable his passage just the same). 

 

Around 1000AD the Arctic climate was much warmer than even now and the Norsemen freely sailed the Arctic.  Radioactive testing has shown that the ocean temperature was at least 1C warmer than today.  The Norse colonized Greenland which they called Vinland because it was actually green, at least in parts.  There was no manmade CO2 dumping into the atmosphere so there must have been a different explanation.  Then during the Middle Ages we had a “Little Ice Age” and these northern colonies were no longer sustainable and disappeared.

Many reputable scientists agree that man is dumping an unprecedented and perhaps unhealthy amount of CO2 into the atmosphere.  However they do not all agree that that is the cause of global warming (or cooling).  The alternative explanation is the effects of cyclical solar activity.  The planet warms and cools in accordance with the ebb and flow of sunspots (the amount of solar energy that is emitted from the sun, which follows short, medium and long term cycles something like the stock market).

Arctic 

At the end of day I am a skeptic.  If it seems obvious, it’s obviously wrong.   I usually approach a subject with this in mind; if everybody believes something to be true, then it probably isn’t.  Do you remember the oil shortage of the 1970’s?  The world was running out of oil and industrial collapse was right around the corner.  Today there are hundreds of oil tankers filled with oil, floating offshore with no buyers at any price.  Do you remember Y2K?  All the world’s computers were going to crash January 1st 2000, the electrical grid was going to go down, food would disappear from the shelves and there would be anarchy and blood in the streets.  I made a bit of a statement on this to my congregation by emptying my fridge and hauling my firewood to the dump on December 31st…and not only survived, but lived to gloat about it.

I feel there are other motives behind the global warming movement… economic and political ones.  The selling of carbon credits is one of the biggest economic scams of our time.  It has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with money.  Secondly, if you can keep the masses in a state of constant fear you can exercise political and societal control.  But that is a subject for a whole other blog.  I honestly believe it is a global conspiracy.  Yes, I know, a strong word, but one that fits the bill!

I believe in taking care of God’s creation.  We are mandated to do so (Gen 1:26-28).  I recycle, reduce and reuse.  But, I refuse to live in fear and will not buy into the Chicken Little political manipulation with which we are constantly being exposed and coerced.  What do you think?

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18 Responses to GLOBAL WARMING AND OTHER MYTHS

  1. bob o says:

    It always amazes me how bad science makes great religion

  2. Gord says:

    I’m thinking that while God’s love is infinite, the earth’s capacity to absorb our filth is not. In fact, the earth must not only absorb our pollution, it must retain the capacity to transform it back into natural material.

    Question is, are we getting to the “tipping point”? If I say we are, I am an alarmist. If I say no, that idea is a hoax …… I may actually be helping a disaster in the making. It is an interesting argument, but isn’t it irrelevant? Shouldn’t we do all the individual things to preserve God’s gift to us?

    God gave us dominion over the earth, it is up to us to enjoy it, to use it for our purposes, to understand how it works and to maintain it properly. We should understand that the Owner has the right to inspect the property at any time, so I guess we should conduct ourselves in such a way so that we will not be ashamed for what we have done or what we have failed to do.

    I have no idea if man made global warming is a reality or not. The danger of dismissing the idea is that some people will use that as an excuse to continue to be wasteful. To pollute without giving it a second thought. When I was a kid, people put their waste automotive oil either in a hole in the dirt or down the drains, this was common practice. Here in Vancouver, I can remember the fog would get so bad, you literally could not see more than 5 ft ahead of you, until all the sawmills on the Fraser river were shut down. In the summer, you could go fishing and had a very good chance of catching a salmon. They were plentiful. No longer. I cannot be proud of what we have done to the earth.

    Alone, I cannot influence global warming, whether it is man made or not. But I can waste less, I can be more respectful of God’s gift to us. And because I can, I will.

  3. Tamara says:

    The best quote I heard on this subject was simply this: ‘Let’s not make God a slumlord’.

  4. Robin says:

    I agree completely with you Pastor Mark. I have also come to the conclusion that Global Warming is just another attempt to create fear in the population for the purpose of controlling us. I also try to pollute less and recycle because I want the world I live in to be as nice as possible. The science behind Global Warming just does not add up. It amounts to the same science that led people in the 30′s to classify black people as being genetically inferior. Sterilization of black people was begun in America during this time! Fear and panic sells better than calm reasoning.

    Watch out for those carbon credits! If you thought the pillaging of the western world by the financial institutions was bad, wait until the dust settles on carbon credits.

  5. Alan says:

    Pastor Mark you have way too much time on your hands but I must say I so enjoy reading all your blogs on my night shift here in cold Toronto my wife and I saw you here on your cowboy tour and have been with you every step of the way! I am new to all of thos but learning so much from the tv shows as well as the blogs from you and the others on here you make it so easy to beleive so when will you open up here in Toronto? Thanks so much!

  6. Steve says:

    I completely agree with you Pastor Mark. I’ve looked up alot of stuff on this subject and what I’ve found out (whether it’s true or not), I’d rather not think about. Call me crazy but it all seems to have to do with what they call the New World Order. I don’t think there’s anything I can do about that so for now I’m going to think happy thoughts, but who knows what crazy stuff is coming our way in the near future. Go Green or Die! Or the Green fascist police say you should worship a hay bale with a happy face on it instead of God. You know, stuff like that.

  7. Tracey says:

    I completely agree with you Pastor Mark, especially about the “conspiracy” part. The unsuspecting public is being hooked (line and sinker) into believing a scam. I do agree that we can reduce, reuse and recycle however this whole “save the earth” movement is being turned into a religion. We are worshiping the created rather than the Creator. I am in the Arctic a least two times a week, this year the snow took an extra month to melt in many places and in some parts it still hasn’t….Now more than ever we have to know the truth as God has stated it or as the the Bible says “even the elect will be fooled”.

  8. vic sedo says:

    University’s and many other reseach centers have more evidence against global warming. But if they show there evidence or colors they are denied there business and government grants. I believe this will eventually come to a end when reason prevails.. It is just a money maker at our expense.

  9. David John says:

    A new heaven & earth is coming so were told in scriptures,and its not to far off.The signs are there for those who can see,hear,and interpret. Let us rather prepare ourselves for that great and wonderful event.Reaching out to the lost should be our primary objective, time is shorter than you think.If every christian brought one person to the Lord,just think of the impact that would have.

  10. Steve says:

    I like your thinking David. You’ve got the right idea. Can you believe that we’re actually going to go into paradise some day. I don’t want anyone to go into hell and I hope that I will bring with me many saved souls. What greater honor can anyone have than that. I want to see that big smile on the face of God when I enter His presence.
    I thought I’d throw in some comedy with that whole haybale comment. Sometimes you just gotta laugh instead of getting all freaked out about stuff.

  11. Christian says:

    And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the bondservants of our God on their foreheads.”

    Revelation 7:2-3

  12. K Hanna says:

    I agree about some of what you are saying. I loved the pics in the blog. My Dad has pointed out that the environmental helping stuff added to farm machinery causes the farm machinery to use up more gas than if the enviro filter stuff wasn’t there. How is using more of a non-renewable resource to keep it out of the air beneficial compared to using less fuel? Maybe I worded that wrong, but it doesn’t make sense. As well, at some point, the Bible says that the world will wear out and like a garment, God is going to roll it up and change it. (Although, that sounds a bit more like changing a bed than a garment.) Anyways, thanks for blogging, it was a good read! (there will be wars and rumours of wars or crisis and rumours of crisis; God is in control, let’s not panic.) Have a good vacation!

  13. Barb says:

    I loved this!!
    You explained just what I’ve been thinking all along in a very understandable way, and something I haven’t been able to do myself.

  14. The Value of Beauty says:

    First off I’d like to point out that using the phrase “global warming” is a bit outdated. Scientists generally agree that increased levels of CO2 in our atmosphere may not directly result in warmer temperatures, but rather they could result in drastic “climate change;” a change that will see some areas of the world heat up, while others cool down. The fear is that these unpredictable changes will occur incredibly quickly, creating all kinds of social disorder, food shortages, emerging illnesses, and so forth.

    The real issue here, one that has unfortunately been lost by most environmentalist movements, is not so much one of preventing climate change as it is one of having respect and appreciation for the natural world. We all know pollution is bad for ourselves and other life on the planet, so if we needed a physical health reason to become environmentalists we already have one. But that’s not the root of the issue. The careless way in which human beings have treated the natural world, as something to be destroyed when threatening, controlled when inconvenient, and sold when valued, has led humanity to become detached and indifferent to a world it is interconnected with, inspired by, and dependent on (well, dependent on in this life, I should reiterate). That is the real issue. The protection of nature and the call to environmental responsibility doesn’t need to be justified because of some cataclysmic armageddon-ish theory (climate change), the environment ought to be respected and appreciated because it is beautiful, enriching, sustaining, and (of course) God’s creation.

    The battle for the environment does not have to be fought on the grounds of climate change, on scientific or even quasi-scientific terms (our scientists have more “objective” evidence than yours). Indeed, doing so for a subject so complex (the subtle workings of the entire planet and solar system) can only result in a stalemate, which means those most responsible for doing irreparable damage to the planet can keep on doing so. Rather, the battle for the environment needs to be fought on human grounds, appealing to our sentiments and sense of place in the universe, our instincts and our ability to detect real truth.

    And for those who believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible as the true Word of God, the matter is already settled. To the best of my knowledge, there are few if any verses in the Bible that speak directly to how human beings ought to treat the natural world, but Genesis makes it pretty clear that God created the earth and everything on it, and then Himself decided it was good. If it was good enough for Him, then it should be good enough for us. At the very least, I don’t believe His intention was for us to mar His creation.

  15. Steve says:

    I don’t think any Christians are saying we can mar God’s creation. I don’t think Christians are going out and littering or liting tire fires in their backyards. I’m pretty sure that Christians try to do their best to keep this planet clean. It’s just that as Christians, our focus is in God first and everything else should come after. And it seems like this save our planet thing is more like worshiping the creation and not the creator. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
    I wonder as well if these people at the top who are pushing this agenda even care about the environment. We should check and see what they are doing in their lives to save the planet. Let’s face it, how can this world become environmentally friendly when it is so corrupt? In leviticus it says that the earth will vomit us out because of our sins not because we didn’t treasure the ground.

  16. Lic David L Townsend says:

    I agree Pastor Mark. There have been times so warm in the past 100 years they could grow grapes in Scotland, so i hear, and other times very cold. Many do forget that we have been coming out of the Little Ice Age, so over the past century you would expect to see a rising of the temperatures. However, I think the past few years have been a bit more variable, maybe that warming trend is beginning to turn, even cool down. I know here in the Maritimrs, up to a couple years ago, we had almost tropical summers and winters of little to no snow at all…now the last year or two the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way, harsh winters and cooler summers. We seem to be descending from the heating of the 80s and 90s, and reverting back to the cooler years of the 60s and 70s. Certainly we do need to take care of our planet, I just dont think its that fragile, God is still in control. God bless

  17. HM says:

    I completely agree with Pastor Mark. We are responsible to be good stewards of what God has given us! I completely agree that the “global warming” thing is politically and economically motivated. Look at who is benefitting from it…. Al Gore, GE (Their saying used to be “We bring good things to life.” maybe it should be, “We brought global warming to life”.. ;) , etc. Many hardcore environmentalists also believe in population control… (less people would be less taxing on the earth’s resources, right?… but seriously, when devaluing of human life begins, where do you draw the line?)

  18. cindy says:

    I think global warming is real. There is more than just the one movie. I have read and seen other documenteries about it.

    In my mind, I think it should be seen as unusual global temperature because the average tempertures world wide are changing, some colder some warmer, but never ‘average’ or what is supposed to be the ‘norm’.

    I am not worried about it at all though, I know that God is in control.
    Nothing takes Him by surprise.
    The thought that our actions could be a real threat to the power that God has over the entire universe is very silly.
    I do make sure that I do everything I can to be responsible, recycle and reuse and all. :)

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