Climate change: The greatest challenge facing humanity? A manageable problem? Just par for the course on a planet whose climate has always changed?
What should we do about it? Indeed, what can we do about it?
Would drastic cuts in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions save the world from disaster, or make no significant difference in future climate? Would the cuts cost little, or condemn much of the world to more generations of abject poverty, disease, and premature death? more >>
"Can we remain indifferent before the problems associated with such realities as climate change … loss of productivity in vast agricultural areas, the pollution of rivers and aquifers, the loss of biodiversity, the increase of natural catastrophes and the deforestation of equatorial and tropical regions?"
These aren't the radical words from the leader of a secular environmental organization, no; these are the radical words from the former leader of the Catholic Church!
In his 2010 World Day of Peace message titled, "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI wrote that "it would be irresponsible not to take seriously" the signs of a growing environmental crisis. more >>
About two years ago over 30 of the nation's pro-life leaders issued an official statement against an environmental campaign spearheaded by the Evangelical Environmental Network calling mercury regulations "pro-life."
Instead of correcting its claims, EEN doubled down and expanded them, further obscuring the meaning of "pro-life" and diluting its usefulness to identify people working to end abortion on demand. First they aligned global warming to the "pro-life" cause, and then they expanded the definition of "life" beyond human beings to include caring for all of life.
For EEN and CEO Mitchell C. Hescox, being "pro-life" doesn't simply mean opposing abortion or other actions that intentionally kill human beings. It means opposing any action that some environmentalist thinks creates any risk, however great or small, to any life, human or non-human. more >>
As Christians, we all should agree that God's greatest gift is salvation by grace through the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ. But what is God's second greatest gift?
Recently, an evangelical climatologist said it is the whole of creation.
True, we should be good stewards of creation, as Genesis 2:15 implies. We should take good care of the resources God has given us, not use them in a way that threatens the well-being of the planet. more >>
Jesus taught that we're to love our enemies and look after the poor. But a new rule from the Obama Administration seems to fly in the face of both mandates.
By now practically everyone in America must know that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new proposed rule on carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants will cost a lot and achieve next to nothing.
Cost? About $50 billion a year in lost production to the U.S. economy, accompanied by electricity rates that-in fulfillment of then-candidate Barack Obama's campaign promise-will "necessarily skyrocket," in turn driving up the prices of everything we make with electricity (which is just about everything). more >>
"I read somewhere that the sun's getting hotter every year," said Tom genially. "It seems that pretty soon the earth's going to fall into the sun - or wait a minute ... it's just the opposite - the sun is getting colder every year." --- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 1925
My oldest got married outdoors this past weekend in Tennessee, so we were watching the weather models and their predictions from the ten-day forecast until the day of the blessed event. The weather models initially indicated 80 degrees and zero percent chance of rain, but during the week the predictions vacillated all over the map. By the day of the wedding, we had a 70 percent chance of rain and a 55-degree high for the day. They were off 25 degrees, and missed the rain.
So I am thinking, if climatologists cannot accurately predict the weather in a three-day forecast, how in the world can we expect them to be right when they tell us the earth is going to warm a degree in 20 years? more >>