Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 30, 2019

Global Warming

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Currently Michigan is much colder than the base camp on Mt. Everest! Southeast Michigan’s projected high today is -2°F with a low of -14°F and wind chills of -40°F. It was -43°F this week in Bemidji, MN and -59°F in Grand Forks, ND — far colder than the South Pole! News reports say this week’s weather is the coldest in a generation.

Where is the global warming that politicians have been nattering about for years? Records for cold are being broken this week going back as far as the 1800s.

Global warming doesn’t sound too bad just now with temperatures in the single digits or colder across much of the U.S.! Even Florida has cold spots as low as 20°F. Americans nationwide would welcome warmer weather.

Yet many have been warning about global warming for years and attributing every natural disaster to its influence. Some, like former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore, think it is an urgent crisis that merits immediate drastic action.

Is global warming a planetary emergency? That’s what Al Gore tearfully told Congress back in March 2007. He hypothesized that global warming is “a crisis that threatens the survival of our civilization and the habitability of earth.” Is this true?

Polls show that 70% of evangelicals think global warming is dangerous. Half favor high expenditures to reduce it. Are these views correct?

Most scientists agree earth warmed some in recent decades, but difficult questions remain unanswered:
1. How much global warming has occurred?
2. How much is man-generated?
3. Is the warming part of a normal cycle of multi-century temperature fluctuations?
4. Will consequences be catastrophic, inconvenient, or beneficial?
5. Will reducing dependence on fossil fuels affect global warming?
6. Will reducing CO2 emissions be detrimental or beneficial?
7. What are the economic and social repercussions?

The loudest voices urge drastic action to avert global warming. They assume that global warming will cause catastrophic climate change, that man is causing it, and that he can prevent it by reducing fossil fuel consumption.

But scientists are split on global warming. At least half disagree that it is worrisome. Over 31,000 American scientists have signed a Global Warming Petition stating that man-generated greenhouse gases will not disrupt earth’s climate and that more atmospheric CO2 is beneficial.

The Global Warming Petition urges the U.S. government to reject global warming proposals and says in part:

The proposed limits on greenhouse gases would harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology, and damage the health and welfare of mankind. There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.

Man is responsible to the Great Creator to be good stewards of the earth. Claims that man is damaging earth need to be sensibly evaluated. It is important to distinguish legitimate scientific fact from agenda-driven fear-mongering. Don’t give imaginative interpretations the authority of concrete facts.

Here’s something that would often benefit from global warming. Can you figure out what this Rebus puzzle represents? Try to solve the puzzle before you look at the answer below.

Subsequent posts on Global Warming will cover Climate Facts, Benefits and Repercussions, Analysis, and what the Bible says about global warming.

Questions to Ponder

1. When you hear claims about the earth in the news, do you instinctively evaluate each one through the filter of Scripture?
2. How could you use Global Warming as a springboard to affirm the Great Creator and His care for His world?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Rebus Puzzle Answer: Super Bowl Sunday.
[Soup+oar bow+L sun+D+hay]
(Click Rebus Puzzles for links to blog articles with a Rebus puzzle.)

For Christ and His Kingdom.

This post is part of the Global Warming series.
Read the prequels:
Global Worming?
Candle Warming

Read the sequels:
Global Warming: Climate Facts
Global Warming: Benefits & Repercussions
Global Warming: Analysis
Global Warming in the Bible

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday January 30, 2019 A.D.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

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