God and Global Warming
I realize that the United States is not a Christian country. In fact, we are one of the “largest Muslim countries in the world,” according to our president. But let’s consider, for a moment, our Founding Fathers. You know, the guys like Thomas Jefferson, who said “I have sworn on the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man,” or Benjamin Franklin, who said “God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country.” I don’t want to spend much time discussing the meaning of the quotes. Suffice it to say that every single one of the Founding Fathers foresaw a government trampling on the people’s rights within a generation, and did not think the United States would remain in harmony without continuous revolutions against the government. So long as the people were fervently religious and knowledgeable about the world around them, we could prevent tyranny. So – have we? I want to ask the following question; if we were a Christian country with citizens who see events in nature as a sign, where would we proceed with issues like ‘Global Warming?’ Climate zealots just finished their long-awaited global initiative to stop carbon-the element of life, and oxygen-what we breathe, from mixing into a dangerous and alien pollutant not naturally occurring on our planet; carbon dioxide. Wait, I’m told that this is naturally occurring and that trees must breathe it to live – and that the burning of fossil fuels accounts for a tiny minority of CO2 released in a given year. Erupting volcanoes spew more of this dangerous alien pollutant than humans every year. No, who am I to judge the canon? I forgot; the debate is over! The climate zealots held their meeting in Copenhagen. They planned it for two years. Many great world leaders attended and spoke. Obama spoke. Outside, there was a dangerous blizzard. The planners did not plan for this. Denmark has not seen a white Christmas in fourteen years. What did the meeting accomplish? Not much. Hillary Clinton promised that ‘the world’ would give 100 billion in free money to developing countries to battle the dangerous pollutant, CO2. This is more than the United States spends on the Iraq war. Obama could not promise everything he wanted. This is largely due to ‘Climategate.’ Again, by coincidence, or maybe Providence, hackers stumbled upon a bastion of emails between famous stalwart ‘scholars’ of the global warming phenomenon. You have read about this, I’m sure. Emails discussed different ways to alter the data to suit their hypothesis, as well as ways to shut the door on any scientists who questioned it. So Obama did speak, but he did not give away a trillion or more of your money to other countries, yet. Here are the first three sentences of the AFP headline about Obama’s return home: “US President Barack Obama returned to snow-covered Washington early Saturday after clinching an "unprecedented" 11th-hour deal on climate change in Copenhagen. Several snowplows cleared the runway as Obama's blue and white Air Force One jumbo jet landed at Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington at 1:11 am (0611 GMT). Due to the blizzard, the president rode in a motorcade -- rather than flying in his Marine One helicopter as usual -- arriving at the White House at 2:06 am (0706 GMT).” The article goes on to laud the President’s efforts to bring the world temperature down by “3.6 degrees.” Apparently, they did not see the irony. The President left one blizzard in Copenhagen and returned home to see Washington, D.C. crippled by a blanket of well over one foot of snow. This reminds me of Al Gore’s famous address to the joint houses of Congress a few years ago, in which Gore called anthropogenic global warming “a true planetary emergency.” A few days prior, in a shocking and radically unseasonable weather event, a blizzard dumped seven inches of snow on the capital, and winds were gusting fiercely, creating white-out conditions. Gore had to walk through the snow in the middle of March to reach the Capital building to speak to us about how the evil corporations were burning the planet and it would soon be so hot that the world would be unlivable. I am all for being a good steward of our beautiful planet. We should do what is right to protect our future. Does this include a cap-and-trade plan that will bankrupt the coal industry and create a situation in which average Americans’ “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket?” This is Obama’s plan – in his own words. In order to do this, you have to “mobilize the citizenry.” You have to convince the people “what’s at stake.” And our representatives, or our rulers, (whatever you prefer), have certainly tried to convince us. And if we were a Christian nation, which I know, Mr. President, we are not, has God tried to convince us? What is He saying?