THE OTHER SIDE OF GLOBAL WARMING

Since the mainstream media has been filled with warnings of Global Warming in past years, and since summer came early in Arkansas this year, this is particularly timely.  I’ve never seen the topic of Global Warming addressed from this angle in a very religious mainstream media. This different view is certainly one to consider.

Chris Reimers

Cornwall Alliance releases An Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming

PREAMBLE

As governments consider policies to fight alleged man-made global warming, evangelical leaders have a responsibility to be well informed, and then to speak out. A Renewed Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Examination of the Theology, Science, and Economics of Global Warming demonstrates that many of these proposed policies would destroy jobs and impose trillions of dollars in costs to achieve no net benefits. They could be implemented only by enormous and dangerous expansion of government control over private life. Worst of all, by raising energy prices and hindering economic development, they would slow or stop the rise of the world’s poor out of poverty and so condemn millions to premature death.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

  1. We believe Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence —are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory.  Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history.
  2. We believe abundant, affordable energy is indispensable to human flourishing, particularly to societies which are rising out of abject poverty and the high rates of disease and premature death that accompany it. With present technologies, fossil and nuclear fuels are indispensable if energy is to be abundant and affordable.
  3. We believe mandatory reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, achievable mainly by greatly reduced use of fossil fuels, will greatly increase the price of energy and harm economies.
  4. We believe such policies will harm the poor more than others because the poor spend a higher percentage of their income on energy and desperately need economic growth to rise out of poverty and overcome its miseries.

WHAT WE DENY

  1. We deny that Earth and its ecosystems are the fragile and unstable products of chance, and particularly that Earth’s climate system is vulnerable to dangerous alteration because of minuscule changes in atmospheric chemistry. Recent warming was neither abnormally large nor abnormally rapid. There is no convincing scientific evidence that human contribution to greenhouse gases is causing dangerous global warming.
  2. We deny that alternative, renewable fuels can, with present or near-term technology, replace fossil and nuclear fuels, either wholly or in significant part, to provide the abundant, affordable energy necessary to sustain prosperous economies or overcome poverty.
  3. We deny that carbon dioxide—essential to all plant growth—is a pollutant. Reducing greenhouse gases cannot achieve significant reductions in future global temperatures, and the costs of the policies would far exceed the benefits.
  4. We deny that such policies, which amount to a regressive tax, comply with the Biblical requirement of protecting the poor from harm and oppression.

A CALL TO ACTION

In light of these facts,

  1. We call on our fellow Christians to practice creation stewardship out of Biblical conviction, adoration for our Creator, and love for our fellow man—especially the poor.
  2. We call on Christian leaders to understand the truth about climate change and embrace Biblical thinking, sound science, and careful economic analysis in creation stewardship.
  3. We call on political leaders to adopt policies that protect human liberty, make energy more affordable, and free the poor to rise out of poverty, while abandoning fruitless, indeed harmful policies to control global temperature.

http://www.cornwallalliance.org/alert/cornwall-alliance-releases-an-evangelical-declaration-on-global-warming

http://www.cornwallalliance.org

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4 Responses to THE OTHER SIDE OF GLOBAL WARMING

  1. maggie says:

    Chris,
    What a great article. This probably wont make the news, yet it should. I feel like all we hear is the other side (global warning). Those scientists that got caught with the emails about making up the data barely made the 3rd page of the newspaper. Thanks for the article.

    Maggie

    • Chris says:

      Hi Maggie,

      You will not believe how I found this information. I was checking up on the young man who, with Dr. Walter Martin, was defending the fundamentals of Christianity (the Trinity) years ago in the debate that I posted on the chat room with which you are familiar. I was curious if he (Calvin Beisner) was still a Christian. Thankfully, he is still defending Biblical truths today and this is one organization he assists. He was so young and so gifted back then, I had to find out what Mr. Beisner was doing today. If you didn’t see the post, you may want to check this out, Maggie.

      It’s nice to have an out of state commenter.

      God’s blessings,

      Chris

      Here’s the post to which I’ve referred:

  2. angela crocker says:

    It is so obvious that global warming is real and becoming worse Why is it always the republicans that want to discredit it and play it down and use Christianity to try and promote their views on it and everything else It’s so unscriptural to do this Jesus wasn’t into politics Righteous living is through knowing Christ only The world, the flesh and the adversary are the enemies, so let’s not get distracted from that truth, no matter how good the distraction sounds coming from politicians promoting their agendas After all, it is God who puts in kings and rulers and take them down Angela

    • Chris says:

      Many churches are hopping in with the environmentalists agenda, Angela. Should we jump in without knowing all the facts? This group is one that I trust for the correct information regarding global warming. Why do I trust it? I trust it because I have high respect for its founder. I think if you go to the link at the post you will find a great deal of information that will help you to understand why I have published this. I agree that righteous living comes only through knowing Christ. At the same time, are we not expected to vote as citizens concerned for the welfare of our nation? This issue is one that Christians should have the correct information on as it can potentially effect every one of us. I have published this so that you have a place to go to get that information. I guess what I’m trying to “say” is that most people are hearing only one side of the issue. There is another.

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