Itâ€™s been so hot lately that it naturally leads many to make some comment about global warming. Yet I find it interesting that a review of state by state record high temperatures shows that nearly all records were set in the early 1900â€™s. Idahoâ€™s high, for example, was 118 in 1934. Weâ€™re a long way from that.
â€œMan-made global warming,â€ not to be confused with climate change which is natural and occurring all the time, is a hoax foisted upon the populace in the name of a new secular pantheistic religion. Itâ€™s a theory that ascribes the global variances in temperature that occur naturally in the environment to man and since man is evil and really an alien to nature, he must be reigned in, forfeiting freedom to the omniscient and omnipotent state to govern our consumption choices. After all, the government knows better than we do about what kind of car we should drive, how much energy we should consume, and how we should live our lives.
It truly has become a veritable secular religion with some. Since it is pantheistic, not surprisingly Mother Earth is the deity. The articles of faith include the doctrines that climate change is caused by man, and that global warming will be catastrophic and destroy the earth as we know it. Its list of commandments include driving hybrid cars, using fluorescent light bulbs, strapping methane traps to the hindquarters of cows. It submits that magic federal dollars taxing us for our conspicuous consumption will solve the problem as we acquiesce to the demands of the Church.
It even has its own indulgences. You know, where you can buy forgiveness for your sins. Theyâ€™re called carbon offsets. The degree of sinning you commit against Mother Earth is determined by calculating your carbon footprint. That is, how much of an impact you have on the earth by your very existence. They donâ€™t tell you that the primary source of CO2 we emit as humans is actually caused when we exhale. But to them, that apparently is proof positive that man is evil. And weâ€™re not supposed to remember the 1970â€™s when cars were equipped with catalytic converters to convert automobile exhaust to CO2 since thatâ€™s a natural component of the atmosphere. Weâ€™re also not supposed to question why the prophet of the church who produced the great evangelical movie, â€œAn Inconvenient Truth,â€ in order to convert the world has ownership in the company that sells the indulgences. That would be anathema!
They even have missionaries. The â€œprophetâ€ of the church, you know, the one who produced the great evangelical movie, has been out training missionaries to serve as emissaries of the message of doom until everyone is converted. His mass media department is huge! It includes the best of Hollywood in producing films like â€œHappy Feet,â€ where children are taught how evil man is because heâ€™s threatening the penguins environment (of course the fact that Antarctica is actually cooling and the ice shelf there is thickening is inconsequential â€“ those are mere facts that shouldnâ€™t get in the way of proselytizing).
The other major component of their mass media department of course is all of main-stream media that blames everything on global warming. If itâ€™s too hot, itâ€™s global warming. If itâ€™s too cold, too rainy, too dry, too humid, too arid, too many hurricanes, too few hurricanes, tornadosâ€¦ itâ€™s all blamed on us for causing global warming. Hardly a day passes that some headline canâ€™t be found promulgating the tenets of their religion. Very effective indeed!
And of course there are the unbelievers. Those of us who question the tenets of the new religion are branded as â€œdeniers,â€ or â€œflat-earthers.â€ We are heretics since we fail to conform and be converted. Just because the science is unsettled doesnâ€™t mean anything. It affords the believers a cause celebres to honor in the absence of any theological alternative.
One such â€œflat-earther,â€ the head of NASA, Michael Griffin, recently questioned whether the earth is at itâ€™s optimum temperature, considering there have been periods during the earthâ€™s atmospheric history that have been much hotter and much colder than it is now. He was denounced as a heretic by the â€œbelievers,â€ and has had to recant his comment saying that â€œunfortunately, this is an issue which has become far more political than technical, and it would have been well for me to have stayed out of it.â€
You can even be a traitor for not accepting conversion. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., at the Live Earth concert in New Jersey last week shouted to his congregation of adherents that those of us who are nonbelievers are traitors. â€œThis is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors,â€ he yelled.
I fear an inquisition by this new church. We may be pulled over for driving older cars or SUVs that use too much gas, and charged with sins against the church. We may face unwarranted â€œstrip-searchesâ€ of our homes by officers of the state with “GW Police” emblazoned on their backs (for Global Warming, not George W) to see if weâ€™re using the cork-screw type fluorescent bulbs or not, and whether weâ€™re using too much energy. Never mind that the new bulbs have mercury in them and require a $3,000 trip by a HAZMAT (Hazardous Materials) cleanup crew to cleanup from a broken bulb.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Reid Bryson, often referred to as the â€œfather of scientific climatology,â€ recently called man-made global warming â€œa bunch of hooey.â€ He says â€œthe climateâ€™s always been changing and global temperatures are going up because weâ€™re coming out of the Little Ice Age, not because weâ€™re putting more carbon dioxide into the air.â€ He reminds us that the Vikings farmed Greenland for hundreds of years during the Medieval Warm Period, when the planet was much warmer than it is now without any help from industrial activity. Today those Viking farmsteads are covered by glaciers. In fact, Bryson argues that warming global temperatures are â€œjust getting us back to normal.â€ With such eminent dissent from â€œconsensusâ€ views, it is obvious the issue is more political and dogmatic than it is scientific.
Man is part of nature, but unlike other living occupants of this earthly domicile, we are sentient and can make decisions based on empirical evidence. We are stewards of the environment, and as such, should make wise decisions to not pollute or intentionally damage our environment, and to manage and utilize our resources prudently. But those of us who are not yet converts to global warming neednâ€™t feel compulsion to convert just because of the hysteria and illogic of the proselytizers.
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