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Article #358

by Bill Nugent

 

The climate of planet earth has changed many times over the centuries. In the Roman Warm Period from 250 BC to AD 400, date palms were cultivated in Greece and olive trees in southern Germany. During the Medieval Warm Period, 950 to 1250, wine was produced by grapes grown in northern England.  The cool temperatures of the Little Ice Age, 1300 to 1850, devastated agriculture and there was an especially severe decrease in Europe’s temperature from 1430 to 1455. 

  

No scientist claims that human activity, be it burning wood or clearing forests, caused these global warming and cooling events. Scientists postulate that these historic temperature changes were caused by cyclical highs or lows in solar radiation. The sun got hotter or cooler. Increases or decreases in volcanic activity and other natural phenomena have also been suggested. 

  

This brings us to our present warm period which began around 1850. Scientists generally don’t believe the burning of coal during the early years of the Industrial Revolution caused the rise in temperature from 1850 to 1950. Why? Industry was just too small. In those days industry was a fraction of what it is today. 

  

However, some scientists and many politicians blame industry for global warming that occurred since 1950. In this article we’ll take a look at that. 

  

The United Nations just released another lengthy report on climate change. This one is titled Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis. It was released by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Its conclusions are predictable given the historic global warming, climate change positions taken by the United Nations over the years. 

  

This particular report is nearly 4,000 pages long, has 234 authors and over 14,000 citations to various studies. It’s extremely alarmist. It projects that earth’s temperature will increase by at least 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next couple of decades in a best case scenario. If the nations fail to cut back drastically on carbon dioxide emissions, the temperature increase would be be considerably higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius according to the report. 

  

I read some summaries and commentaries related to this document. One statement at the end of a commentary in the Washington Post was particularly revealing. It says that if the nations of the Earth fulfill their current pledges for carbon dioxide reduction; the carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by only 1% by the year 2030 compared to 2010 levels. However, the scientists say that a 50% reduction is needed. 

  

To get a 50% reduction by 2030, which is just 9 years away, would require a massive authoritarian governmental intervention to get industry to cut back on fossil fuel burning and to get individual consumers to cut back on fossil fuel usage. 

  

This latest climate report implies that climate alarmists are calling for the establishment of a totalitarian technocratic government to override elected legislatures all over the world and impose massive restrictions and controls on industry and on individual behavior. It means a stifling cutback on free enterprise, capitalism and personal freedom. In the United States the thrust toward totalitarianism takes the form of the Green New Deal which is a radical initiative against industry and personal freedom. 

  

Let me say that I’ve personally been very concerned about the environment since my youth. I was active in cleaning up the environment on the first Earth Day which was April 22nd 1970. As a teenager, I was picking up litter by a nearby pond in my neighborhood in upstate New York on that day. All of us should work for a clean environment. 

  

I don’t think it’s necessary to institute such massive government controls and shut down much of industry in order to have a clean environment. Technology is progressing. We have recycling. We have renewable energy, which is increasing in efficiency. I’ve been strongly in favor of subsidies for renewable energy. Reasonable progress is being made. The UN alarmism is overblown. Let cooler heads prevail. 

  

The logic for the imposition of authoritarian controls goes like this: the people, meaning the average voters, don’t have the climate science training to make intelligent decisions about climate change and don’t see the need for radical reduction of fossil fuels. But there are experts who do. These experts are called technocrats. They are people with many years of college training in climatology. 

  

These technocrats would be put in positions of power as part of a totalitarian government. The government would impose radical measures in order to avert climate change catastrophe. We’ve seen this  “logic” play out in the COVID pandemic. Dr. Fauci is the chief technocrat. Fauci gave the pretext for governors and mayors to impose lockdowns on people and close businesses including restaurants, gyms, bars and hair salons. This destroyed the livelihoods of millions of people in the United States alone. To be fair, some of these measures were justified to stop the spread of COVID. The problem is about the overreach of government in certain liberal US states and in countries such as Australia. Now the UN technocrats want to increase government power on a global scale in order to avert an alleged climate change catastrophe. 

  

Let me give a brief thumbnail sketch of the evidence for climate change. Scientists say that carbon dioxide makes up .041% of the total atmosphere. That’s less than one twentieth of one percent. Only about one third of that .041% is man-made carbon dioxide emissions. The climate alarmists take the position that this small manmade increase in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is enough of an increase to shift the temperature slightly upward. This supposedly causes a domino effect of climate changes that causes an increase in hurricanes, floods, heat waves, droughts, tornadoes and other extreme weather. 

  

The trouble is that there’s no hard science way of proving or disproving this. It’s not like you can put planet earth in a test tube and do experiments on it. All of these climate predictions are made by computerized models. The establishment scientists write the algorithms. They set the input-output. It’s garbage in and garbage out. Climate alarmists want us to forfeit our freedoms in order to follow their educated guesses under guise of science. 

  

Many scientists say that such a tiny percentage of the atmosphere being manmade greenhouse gases could not possibly cause the extreme weather. The UN science is flawed. It’s educated men making educated guesses and guessing wrong. It’s like balancing an elephant on the head of a pin. Water vapor is 97% of all greenhouse gases according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mankind thinks it’s so big. However, man’s centuries of industry are mere dust on the scales. 

  

Some climate alarmists claim that the overwhelming majority of scientists agree with their position. Some have asserted that 97% of scientists agree with the extreme view. This is not true. Rick Joyner wrote a book called Living Dangerously In which he discusses the climate change debate. On page 44 of this book he quotes Apollo astronaut Walter Cunningham, a man with extensive scientific training, who studied global warming and climate change for 14 years. 

  

Cunningham said climate alarmism is the biggest fraud in the field of science and the 97% consensus claim is nonsensical. Joyner wrote that Cunningham contended that not even a majority of scientists were convinced of manmade climate change. 

  

The global totalitarian government would also promote abortion and sodomy. The main impediment to that goal is the United states. They wish to make the United States into a totalitarian “progressive” police state. 

  

They want to make America into a country where you’re free to buy pornography or kill your preborn child but not free to own a firearm or choose a good school for your child. The elitists would force you to put your children in failing government run schools to be taught the culture of death. We’re not gonna go away quietly. We’re not gonna go away at all! It’s their culture of death that will die! 

  

This thrust towards totalitarianism is the enemy’s plan to set the world up for the antichrist government described in the Bible in Revelation, chapter 13. This chapter describes a great international world dictator: “And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If any man have an ear, let him hear” (Revelation 13:6-9). 

  

There is a way to avoid all of this. And that is to turn to Jesus Christ who came in fulfillment of over 300 Old testament prophecies. God sent Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah of Israel, to die for our sins. This is substitutionary atonement in which Christ took the penalty of our sins upon Himself and died in our place. Christ rose again from the dead to offer forgiveness of sins to all who turn to Him in faith and ask for forgiveness of sins. I invite you to turn to Christ today to receive forgiveness of sins. 

Steps to salvation:

Jesus said “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

  • 1) Believe that God created you and loves you and sent the Messiah (Messiah is Hebrew for Christ) to redeem you.
  • 2) Believe that Jesus Christ came in fulfillment of over 300 Bible prophecies to die for you, to take upon Himself the penalty of your sins (Isaiah 53:5-6, John 6:29, Romans 4:5, First Peter 3:18).
  • 3) Turn from sin and call on the name of Jesus to receive forgiveness of sins (Romans 10:13).
  • 4) Receive Jesus as Savior and experience the new birth (John 1:12, Acts 2:38).
  • 5) Follow Jesus Christ as Lord (John 14:21).

Prayer to receive salvation:

“Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

To receive the salvation that Jesus purchased for us at the terrible cost of His suffering and death on our behalf I invite you to pray this simple prayer:

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for sending Jesus, the promised Messiah, to die for my sins. I admit that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and I ask for your forgiveness on the basis of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I ask you to fill me with your Holy Spirit to empower me to serve you under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer in the humble sincerity of your heart then you have received everlasting life, which includes power to live right in this life and entrance into heaven in the afterlife!



(C) 2016 William P. Nugent, permission granted to email or republish for Christian outreach.

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