Viewpoint of Mark Cadwallader, Creation Moments Board Chairman
Does it seem to you that climate change alarmism, like evolutionism years ago, is making its big push to become the one and only acceptable theory in official circles? I think it is!
With the end of a hot summer, all the news about hurricane Dorian and the election cycle heating up, climate change alarmism is being pushed to new heights of hysteria. There is less tolerance than ever for any disagreement that climate change is “the greatest existential threat” to mankind.
Is there an agenda to try to push the science in one direction? With evolution, the agenda of those who are pushing this pseudo-science is for sinful mankind to eliminate God and to eliminate man’s moral accountability to his Maker. As Richard Dawkins famously put it: “Evolution is intellectual justification for atheism,”
With climate change alarmism, there is another, though similar, agenda behind the so-called “science”.
What is interesting is that in the midst of all the climate alarmist rhetoric, a great deal of data suggests otherwise. For example, an ongoing record from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has noted that there has been no warming since their improved data stations began measuring temperatures in 2005. NOAA said at the outset of this century that many of the temperature-measuring data stations have been influenced by local effects such as airport runways or by being in cities where temperatures are artificially inflated (a local “micro-climate”). American population has grown and so have American cities with local micro-climates influenced by asphalt, machinery, concrete, etc.
And so, in 2005, NOAA established the US Climate Reference Network (USCRN) of 114 pristinely maintained and monitored temperature stations spaced relatively uniformly across the lower 48 states. From the raw temperature readings, there is good reason to believe that US temperatures are the same now as in the 1930s! Any asserted US warming is the product of controversial adjustments, sloppy measurement and bias to the raw data.
It must be noted that there has been a short-term increase in the number and intensity of hurricanes, as shown in the historical data since the 1960s. But that was when weather satellites began documenting hurricanes. As scientists look further back in time through 100 years, they saw a natural cycle for hurricanes. NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division has carefully reanalyzed the original records of all hurricanes affecting North America up to 1960. Its HURDAT database shows that no increase in the frequency of hurricanes or major hurricanes (Category 3 and over) has taken place since 1851!
The record year for hurricanes was 1886, when seven hurricanes made landfall. Only three Category 5 hurricanes have actually hit the US mainland: the Labor Day hurricane in 1935, Camille in 1969 and Andrew in 1992.
But to listen to the constant barrage of climate alarmism, you would not know any of this! Let’s see now, what’s the old adage attributed to Hitler’s propagandist Joseph Goebbels? – “If you tell a lie big enough and often enough, people will come to believe it.”
Historical data shows that Atlantic hurricanes, particularly major ones, were much more common between about 1930 and 1960 than in the following three decades. Since 1990, the numbers have returned to the earlier levels. It has generally been accepted that this pattern is linked to the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), a natural reoccurring cycle of temperature changes in the sea surface temperatures. The database for worldwide hurricanes has only been kept reliably since 1970, and its information is also affected by the AMO cycle, which requires a longer cycling of data.
So why would the climate change alarmists want to shut down debate about all this? It’s like the salesman who pressures you to “buy now before it’s too late!” If you are like me, you get suspicious.
As we discussed in a letter earlier this year, climate change alarmism is an excuse for more government control and less freedom for we, the people. It is also a driver for Socialism. Climate change alarmism plays to people’s fears. And it plays to an evolutionary view that the actions of evolving species (such as ourselves) can bring about a fragile evolving Earth, finely tuned and balanced only by chance. If it were to slip “out of balance”, it would destroy us. It plays to unbelief in God.
So let’s look at the lies we are being told: “Evolution is true”; “Climate change is going to kill us off”; “Socialism is necessary to bring justice and to save us from disaster.” And there are other big and constantly repeated lies. Among them: “Marriage can be between people of the same sex,” and “I can change my sex if I don’t like the way I was born.” Hmmm.
We’re told to forget the actual data on all these lies and get on board the bandwagon! And let’s not discuss any of this because we might cause some controversy. After all, it’s not nice to go against world opinion, hurt somebody’s feelings, get stuck in some old-fashioned tradition that fails to advance our species, or fail to save the planet by taking too long to act!
Fortunately, truth prevails. Even Joseph Goebbels’ recognized the power of truth, writing a key guideline for fascists, socialists and other totalitarian ideologues that it “is vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
We need to continue being people of the Word. Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Christianity has paved the way for freedom – freedom within ourselves and freedom in society as well. Evolution works against this, as we have discussed many times in these letters, and supports the other big lies that do the same!
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