Monday, December 29, 2008
Is the Global Warming Crowd (sorry, Global Climate Change) finally headed for defeat
Since the day in 1989 when Al Gore called Dr. James Hansen to the Senate hearings to tell us of the coming threat of Global Warming we have seen a twenty year battle for the minds, souls, and economies of the world. No, I am not being melodramatic. In the name of global warming we have had heads of countries pushing “global governance,” heads of enviro group and journalists calling for the death of airline executives when there are floods in Bangladesh, and many saying democracy has to be put to the side (and with it free speech) in the name of stopping global warming.
Despite all their best efforts they have not been able to convince the majority of average Americans this is a priority. Now around the globe many others have begun to notice one big problem - the world stopped warming in 1998 (which was not the warmest year ever, or even on record), and we have now had 10 years of slight cooling. All this despite tons more CO2 going into the atmosphere (of course as one of the great British enviromentalist and now global warming skeptic said, CO2 is natures fertilizer, not a pollutant). Look, as a theologian I am a great believer in stewarding the globe so that it honours God and supports best the diversity of life on it. But we live in a finite world. We could easily reduce the problem of man’s impact on the globe by committing species-wide suicide of ourselves. And don’t laugh, there are some in the enviro movement who see that mass human depopulation is a good thing.
But we live in a world where there are tradeoffs. To get to the levels specified by the 2008 Liberman/Warner Senate bill we would have to reduce our economy to the levels of Haiti or Somolia. Is it worth it to do this? Especially for no appreciable change in overall temperature (in the computer models, which have not predicted the last decades temperature fall, so you know what they are worth).