On Nov. 11, Indiana got a record snowfall for that date: 2.8 inches. Bitterly cold temperatures covered most of the lower 48 states and it got me thinking about the impact of climate change.
According to a Sep. 13 article in The Washington Post, 40% of Americans believe climate change is a crisis—up from 25% five years ago. Eight out of 10 believe human activity caused climate change and roughly half, including Greta Thunberg, want us to do something to stop it.
Let’s be honest, who has time to study climate science or test the data? Therefore, we’re all being asked to believe the claims of the climate change alarmists. But here are three reasons why evangelicals like me are not concerned.
1. Scientists’ false predictions
In 1970, Life magazine reported that scientists predicted: “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution. … By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” Wrong.
In 2008, Al Gore told a German audience, “The entire North polar ice cap may well be completely gone in five years.” Wrong.
The same year, ABC’s Bob Woodruff hyped “Earth 2100,” an apocalyptic special that predicted a futuristic 2015 where New York City would be under water. Wrong again.
These scare tactics have been used since the 1960s. We’ve been warned about over-population, resource scarcity, deforestation, famine, global cooling, then global warming, floods, hurricanes. And what solutions are proposed? Increasing the regulatory powers of the state.
So when I hear Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promote the Green New Deal and say we only have 12 years left, my eyes roll.
2. My faith in God
Recently Rush Limbaugh told his audience, “It is my devout belief in God that gives me every bit of confidence that man is not destroying—and furthermore, cannot—destroy the climate.”
I agree. I’ve studied and taught the Bible and I believe its claims that God created and sustains his creation. Colossians 1:15-17 says, “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
God holds his creation together—not us. I don’t have enough faith to believe that the universe created itself out of nothing. That’s why I’m not afraid of the apocalyptic forecasts. People can’t destroy the Earth and we can’t save it, either.
3. Poor messaging
In 2015, President Obama wrote in his proclamation for Earth Day, “Today, our planet faces new challenges, but none pose a greater threat to future generations than climate change. … As a nation, we must act before it is too late.”
Act before it’s too late? If he really believed his own words, he wouldn’t have bought a $14.85 million beachside estate on Martha’s Vineyard, given that it’s supposed to be under water in a few years. Actions speak louder than words.
So when scientists, politicians and media proponents fly around the world on private jets telling us we must reduce our carbon footprint, I like to draw a cartoon pointing out the hypocrisy.
Now, please excuse me, but I’m going to turn up the thermostat.•
Varvel is a political cartoonist and illustrator who retired from The Indianapolis Star last year. Send comments to [email protected]
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