Thursday, January 08, 2009

Another Book of 2008

This is technically a book but not one I'll count. I read it in about 45 minutes.
On New Years Eve, my family went to the Creation Museum owned by Answers in Genesis in Petersburg, KY. I wholeheartedly recommend visiting as it's high-quality. I won't go into great detail about how well-done it is. The museum gets your attention by asking questions rather than giving point-by-point specific refutations. It displays a lot of scientific evidence that lets you know that there is very little "consensus" among scientists.

If you go, check out the Men in White "satire" film experience. That was about the only example of specific refutations that were given.

At the gift shop, I picked up the book that normally accompanies the DVD set Global Warming: A Scientific and Biblical Expose of Climate Change. The book contains a few essays and then the transcript of the documentary.

Very interesting. Did you know that the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's latest report backs off much of the gloom-and-doom found in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth? Scientists now predict that sea levels may rise as much as 1 foot by 2100. That's not enough to create the catastrophe that Gore and others have trumpeted. The report has been roundly criticized for not being alarmist enough.

According to the climatologists and other scientists in the book, the earth's temperature has risen by about 1.2 degrees since the 1880 (while the accuracy of this number is still highly debatable). It's estimated that about 50% of that is caused by man. It's not clear that the benefits of doing something about this would outweigh the costs in terms of higher prices and hurting developing countries' economies. Global warming is already bringing some benefits--longer growing seasons and more vibrant plant life. And polar bears have seen their population increase tremendously over the last 30 years.

The book echoes what I posted a couple years ago after having watched and Inconvenient Truth and then The Great Global Warming Swindle.

The shouting down, death threats, and pulled funding from scientists asking "what do the data say" instead of "global warming will destroy us all!" is alarming. There's quite a bit of good evidence (as seen clearly in The Swindle) that much of the larger cycles of climate change are caused by sun spot activity (see the Medieval Warming Period) or other natural causes.

We are still called to be good stewards of our creation. But, in dealing with climate change it's useful to remember that exalting the rest of creation over man is unbiblical.

4 stars out of 5. I don't doubt this post will see a lot of flaming, angry comments.

1 comment:

Keith Walters said...

I watched a show on Discovery awhile back about how global warming ultimately causes global cooling and it is a constant cycle and nothing to be alarmed over. Pretty interesting; I just hope it doesn't get too cold!