Monday, June 26, 2006

Is it hot in here?

I haven't talked about Global Warming to many people, but it is something I've thought about a lot. Since I sustain my life through the Earth, it is something I can't ignore. It is a serious subject that more people should care about. But I have a few problems with the idea that the Earth is growing hotter and hotter, eventually getting too hot to sustain life, and that it's all us human's fault. So I decided to look into the debate a little bit and try to figure out where I stand on the issue.

Let's start with Al Gore's recent ideas. For those of you who don't know, Al Gore has taken up Global Warming as his personal torch and written a book and a movie about the topic. And with someone the likes of Mr. Gore getting involved, finally the problem has been brought into the mainstream. Before I start, so has not to show favortism or wing-affiliation let me tell you I am neither a fano nor an enemy of Al. Although I didn't vote for him and I still feel he would have made a horrible president, I also don't disagree with everything he has to say. Al Gore is someone, whether you like him or not, that demands some attention when he speaks.

In his movie and book, Al shows two graphs that cause quite a bit of confusion. He shows a 1000-year graph that shows this recent rise in temperature isn't a result of a Flux (in and out.) Then he shows a graph that illustrates a continuous Flux over 600,000 years. Well which is it? Is this heating up part of a trend or isn't it? I am thankful there is finally someone talking about this issue besides the celebrities who only crawl down from their piles of money when they feel like whining! But I wish Mr. Gore would have included more substantial proof that didn't discredit the proof he already gave. I'm glad he showed both sides, but we're no further ahead than we already were. The rest of the movie shows some very important stuff we can all do to better this planet, but those just become nice public-service announcements without some proof that would cause us to act.

So since I was still wondering after Al's movie and book, I did a little research with NASA. Who better to discuss the planet than them? They report that the Sun has been putting out increasing energy for 20 years now, in exact parallels to the increases in the Earth's temperature changes. So much energy in fact, that some of the Polar ice-caps on Mars have also been melting. So wait, NASA is reporting something that would make this issue not human's fault after all. Which brings me to one final question.......

As a Christian I believe what the Bible has to say. It may not be right either, I'll find out in 30 years or so, but it's all I got and I believe it. In the Bible, God said he wouldn't destroy the Earth with water again but next time it would be with fire. So maybe God is heating up the Earth so it gets so hot one day that it bursts into flames. No; that can't be right either. God said he would protect his followers before he consumed the planet with the so-called fire. So that idea doesn't work either.

So do we really have a Global Warming problem that is a Global-emergency as Al Gore stated? Well, yes I think we do. I think we need to change some things that we are doing that are detrimental to the health of the planet. But can we really solve the problem with just that, or is this thing bigger than we can control? I think looking at the big picture we realize that we really have no control over anything on a planetary scale. One big meteorite could slam into us and ruin our orbit and kill us all in a matter of months. The sun could get hotter and hotter and finally burn us all to death. Those are things we can't control. Our 70 or 80 years on Earth are all we have a say on. Let's be careful with what God's given us so that we leave this place in a decent state for the next generations. If something catastrophic happens, oh well, at least we can say we did our part! And that is how I am going to look at this. I will do everything I can in my power, and hopefully everyone else will too. It may sound like a cop-out, but it will help me sleep better.


Blogger GUYK said...

Sam, there is little doubt that is some global warming. The doubt is that it is caused by humans and what humans can do about it. The probablity is that humans can do nothing. Is the global warming a problem? I reckon it depends on how you look at it.

Greenland is not called Greenland because of a weird sense of Viking Humor. When Greenland was dicovered by the Norsemen it was green and had vineyards, The same wth Newfoundland and the north east coast on Canada. Moreover there are some scietists who have stated that in all probability the Brittish Isles were several degrees warmer during the Roman era there 2000 years ago than now.

What it amounts to is that we are undergoing a warming trend. So what? The oceas will rise eventually a few feet and cover Florida but that will not cause civilization as we know it to tank. Humans have adapted well to climate changes over the eons and I suspect they will adapt again.

I also figure that Gore and his ilk have a political agenda which is one world government. The Kyoto treaty had more to do with handicapping the American econoy than it did stopping pollution.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I couldn't agree with you more about the whole "One-World" nonsense. Everyone seems to be pushing for that. I know you don't have a lot of the same beliefs as I do Guy, but the Bible talks about that very thing happening. Kind of scary watching it happen in our lifetime, no matter what you believe!

2:20 PM  
Blogger GUYK said...

I have lived thru some good times and some scary ones and I am not going to let a little global warming scare me. I am more afraid of greedy politicians who care more about getting reelected than I am about global warming. I worry about a 11 trillion dollar national debt that is growing every day. My biggest worry is that the socialists are winning and will have control of our country and economy without firing a shot..or will not have to fire a shot until they get control and the revolution against them starts..and mark the words of an old man who is also a student of history and political science..the shooting will start when they get control. Who wins may be a toss up though....

7:05 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

My guns are loaded and more ammo is on the grocery list!

8:01 AM  

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