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Nothing better illustrates the great need to expose the sloppy science and financial interests propelling the global warming alarmist agenda than President Barack Obama’s comments on climate change in his second inaugural address.
As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, “One of his most passionate moments was … devoted to addressing ‘climate change,’ of all things. … Mr. Obama says it will be a major priority in the next four years.”
By invoking the name of God and the “creed of our fathers” in his challenge, the President’s statements should not only be responded to by American’s in general, but by Evangelicals in particular. With that in mind, let’s take a look at exactly what the President said, and offer a brief response from a sound scientific and Biblical perspective.
The President said, “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
Betray our children? How about betraying them by increasing the national debt by $10 trillion in four years and laying out a fiscal path to expand it still more, saddling each of them with more than $40,000 in debt from the moment of birth? Our national debt is likely to harm our children far more than climate change, because, as even the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has forecast, poverty leads to more illnesses and premature deaths over the coming century than even the high-end projections of global warming.
The President went on to say, “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”
There may be an overwhelming judgment of science that the Earth is warmer now than it was 150 years ago, but there is no “overwhelming judgment of science”
that human emission of greenhouse gases was the main or even a major cause of that warming, or
that now or in the foreseeable future it will cause dangerous global warming, or
that costly policies to reduce those emissions will reduce future temperatures significantly, or
that whatever reduction might be achieved would bring more benefits than it would cost to achieve it, or
that the global warming from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s (there’s been none since) caused any increase in the frequency or severity of extreme weather events—not floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornadoes, or anything else.
The fact is, that Green-driven policies to stop managing forests have contributed to bigger and more frequent fires.
The President concluded the speech by saying, “The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise.”
Translations: “We’ve got to bankrupt ourselves and destroy millions of jobs chasing the fantasy of ‘renewable’ or ‘Green’ energy.”
It’s not public policy but physics that explains why low-density energy sources like wind and solar can never be converted into electricity or motor fuel at a cost competitive with high-density energy sources like coal, natural gas, and oil.
The President ended by saying, “That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”
No, Mr. President, that’s how we will impoverish ourselves, leaving us unable to afford the continued wise management of our forests and waterways and fruitful cultivation of our croplands that has made and kept America one of the cleanest, most healthful, most beautiful countries on Earth.
And our planet, Mr. President, doesn’t need preserving—something God never commanded people to do but promised to do Himself until the last judgment (Genesis 8:22). But it does need conserving, that is, wise management by human beings, made in God’s image and commanded by God to fill and rule it (Genesis 1:28) not abusively, not wastefully, but by a godly dominion that enhances Earth’s safety, fruitfulness, and beauty, to the glory of God and the benefit of our neighbors.
Mr. Obama’s creed is not the creed of the Bible. It’s the creed of radical environmentalism,
which sees people as consumers and polluters, using up resources and poisoning the planet; not as producers and stewards,
which sees private property—a God-given right reflected in our Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments—as the root, not the solution, of environmental degradation;
which sees liberty—another God-given right reflected not only in our Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments but also in our Declaration of Independence—as a threat to environmental sustainability, not as the means of securing it;
which sees human life itself—yet another God-given right reflected in our founding documents—not as the provision God made for ruling His Earth as His representative but as “people pollution,” “carbon footprints,” a “cancer on the face of the Earth,” and “human viruses.” (Terms often used by Environmentalists).
With his inaugural comments on global warming, the President has thrown down the gauntlet. People who love life, liberty, and property, who love their children and grandchildren and are determined to pass on to them a world even more free and prosperous than the one into which we were born, must meet his challenge.
NOTE: The Statement above was taken from Dr. E. Calvin Beisner’s response to President Obama’s Climate Change Challenge in the January 23rd edition of the Newsletter produced by the Cornwall Alliance for Stewardship of Creation. I edited his response.
On the first part of the program today I will speak with Leighton Steward - a leading scientist, environmentalist, and New York Times best-selling author. He contends that this global warming alarmism is dishonest and should not be used as a scare tactic to propose radical environmental policies and he has the data to back it up.
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