Weapon of Mass Confusion

So yesterday, or whatever it was in Indonesia, our Secretary of State beclowned his office by saying that climate change could well be considered as a weapon of mass destruction. This means any number of things, but the central thing it means is that somebody doesn't want to have the 2014 elections hinge on the triumphs of Obamacare. So it is apparently time for us to review what we do not know about global warming. There is quite a bit that we don't know so you might want to gulp down an extra bit of oxygen before starting the next sentence. First, we don't know that climate change is even happening; in the next instance, we don't know whether it would be a bad thing or a good thing if it were, for it is quite possible that we will like it when Iceland is famous for her white wines; in the third place, we don't know, if it is happening and if it is bad, that we, as in we humans, are in any way responsible for it, another possible culprit being the flaming hot ball of fire in the … [Read more...]

One of Those Walk-the-Children-Around-the-Pole-Ponies

I haven't done any skylarking about global warming in a while, so let me have a bit of fun in my opening paragraph. Then, after that, I will sober up a bit, and move on to my more serious point, which I do, in fact, have. In 2007, serious scientists were predicting that the Arctic icecap would be GONE by the year 2013, which, you may have noticed, is almost in our rear view mirror. What is the actual state of the icecap in this, the year of our Lord, 2013? I am glad you asked, because since last August, the icecap has grown by 920,000 square miles. That's a lot of global warming recoil. The great idol of modernity is the state. When people engage in political debates, therefore, a lot less time should be spent in looking at what people are offering up, and much more time spent on recognizing what they are offering it to. Whenever we are talking about climate change, they want me to look at the offering they have brought in their hands. What ever could be wrong with funny looking … [Read more...]

Parkas at the Pool

It has been some time since I posted anything under Global Swarming. But now with Colorado burning down, and Kansas at 118 degrees, and a commenter making a good-natured jab about my radio silence, I thought I should at least mutter something. My silence has been a function of watching various scientists jumping off the U.S.S. Climate Change, and believing (in my innocence) that her once proud prow was shortly going to be pointing at the moon. Ah, but there's life in the old girl yet, and so it seems that I shall have to rummage around in my bag of skeptical observations to see if I have any left. Here's one. If global warming is indeed occurring, we need to get us some here in Idaho. Here it is late June now, and it would be nice if my grandkids didn't need to take their parkas to the pool so much. But it does cut down on sunscreen costs. … [Read more...]

And Not Like Jake Blues on His Knees

What do belief in evolution, belief in global warming, and belief in the possibility of space aliens who subscribe to a blue state recycling ethos all have in common? Well, they are all attested by Science, you rube. I am pleased to say that I made it all the way through this article without wheezing once. Chesterton said that the hotheads of the French Revolution appealed to the goddess Reason, which was odd, because it would appear that this was the goddess who had smiled upon them least. Cornlius Van Til pointed out the pendulum swing nature of unbelief (which is constant), but which swings back and forth between rationalism and irrationalism, like the clock on the wall. The apostle Paul said that divine judgment consists of God giving men up to the futility of intellectual kleenex fires (Rom 1:21,28). Vain imaginations about sums it up. I had a friend once who, when he was a boy, was taken by his father for a tour of skid row. His father, who was not yet then a believer, wanted … [Read more...]

Then the Climate Data Went Blooey

So there's weather and there's climate. When the global warming shillists were back in their prime, they would regale us with anecdote after anecdote about the weather, claiming that this told us something about the climate. The actual climate claims were based on something else, but they sought to persuade the boobs by means of pointing to the weather. Katrina was the result of global warming, etc. Then something funny happened. The weather shifted in some very odd ways, we started hearing about climate change instead of global warming, and the Al Gore effect became apparent in weather patterns. Everywhere that poor man went, a snow storm followed. Those who lived by the weather anecdote died by the weather anecdote. They probably could have managed this, because enormous amounts of money were involved, not to mention a power grab of Orwellian proportions. Men like this were not going to slowed down by snow flurries in Georgia. But then the climate data went blooey. Turns out the … [Read more...]

The Science is Settled

So, then, record snow storms in all kinds of odd places. Evidence for melting Himalayan glaciers . . . melts. The culprits were caught cooking the books. The guy at the center of that controversy now admits that nothing has been warming since 1995, and beside, they lost a bunch of papers, with evidence n' stuff. So then, please permit me to announce that global warming is over, and climate change is also over. The weather continues on, but that's okay. It always does that. What does this mean? It means the science is settled! Let the healing begin! Can we keep our old light bulbs? The weird glow from those new ones would bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow. … [Read more...]

The Plague of Salt Water

The EPA, under the adroit leadership of Saruman, has now declared CO2 to be a pollutant. As the Staples Singers taught us so many years ago -- "put your hand on your mouth when you cough, that'll help the solution." And after these Hilaritards have regulated all us CO2 emitters into the ground, they will then turn their attentive ministrations to the real environmental challenge of the century, which is that of battling the plague of salt water. I just want everybody to stare straight at this for about 120 seconds without blinking. The Greens have successfully won their battle to categorize as a pollutant that element which makes plants grow lush and green. Heh. This would be really funny if it weren't so hilarious. … [Read more...]

That Giant Ball of Fire in the Sky

Here is a post on the global warming equivalent of the ACORN scandal. Here is the story thus far. Somebody hacked into the emails of a major global warming research center, posted the emails on a public server, where they were for a few hours. Before they were taken down, some other folks downloaded them, and so they are now available for the edification and amusement of global warming skeptics, like lots of people, and global warming deniers, like me. I appreciated the astute comment of one contributor over at Hugh Hewitt's blog, who said that global warming is caused by that GIANT BALL OF FIRE IN THE SKY. Before proceeding further, let me say that the edifying results here do not in any way justify the actions of whoever the hacker was. I do not know what the relevant laws are, but if the hacker is caught and identified, the same thing should happen to him that happened to the fellow who hacked into Sarah Palin's email account. Justice is justice, and justice shouldn't be … [Read more...]

Insufferable Light Bulbs

Last night the overnight temperature here in Moscow was 12 degrees above zero, 7 degrees below the previous record for this date. This datum by itself is an anomaly, an outlier, a quirk. But taken together with what sane people all over the world are observing, to such an extent and at such levels that they can no longer be shouted down by the PC True Science enforcer-thugs, we can safely say that we are now in the final throes of the idea of global warming. Global warming itself cannot die because it wasn't ever happening. The good news is that the emperor is no-clothing in time for us to head off those insufferable light bulbs. … [Read more...]

Watermelon Green

In the previous post on stewardship, one commenter asked a reasonable question. Why is it that I consistently use green as a term of contempt? And when do I, if ever, speak of the genuine demands of biblical stewardship in the environment? Consider this as a first pass in attempting to answer that question. First, why is it that I regard a Christian's baptismal vows, which renounce the devil and all his works, to include a rejection of being green, going green, or thinking green? Is it because I don't like the color? Is it because my motto is "Earth first! We'll pave the other planets later"? Not a bit of it. Scripture begins with a garden, and it ends with (green) garden city. Not only am I okay with this, but I regard it as every Christian's duty to live in a manner consistent with that overarching vision. So why do I gag on "green"? It is for the same reason that you would not catch me in a Parisian mob, yelling "liberty, equality, and fraternity," even though all three of those … [Read more...]

Their Frenzies and Crusades

One area of secular blindness (one of many) is their inability to see how religious they are being. Having defined religion quite narrowly as church buildings and altars, they are utterly incapable of seeing the all-pervasive and quite religious nature of their frenzies and crusades. The problem with invisible religions like this is that one cannot watch them to see if they are going bad. And so they don't. They do not see Tetzel in carbon offsets. They do not see shuning in the treatment the neighborhood gives the guy who doesn't sort his garbage according to the dictates of the regulatory bishops. They don't see a fierce imposition of morality in their crusades for the sake of saving us all from climate change. They do not see blasphemy laws in thought crimes legislation. They do not see their religion in everthing they do, and this is because idolaters are blind. There is less excuse for Christians -- who are not blind in this way -- for going along with any of it. If you have … [Read more...]

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Bear

I would take a photo out my window of the snow storm that is pounding us here, but enemies of the gospel of global cooling would think I had photoshopped it. This is a crisis. We clearly need to hand over unlimited power now to government bureaucrats and regulators, not to mention faceless international functionaries, so that they can save us all, lest we perish and die! Whenever there is a crisis, and this clearly is one, the only entity that knows how to turn a profit on said crisis is the government. They always make hay out of these things. And if it is not a crisis to have a snow storm laying us low in white-out humiliation on the same spring day that residents of Washington are required to get their studded tires off the road, I don't know what is one. Now I know that the planet is a big place, and that somewhere birds are chirruping and there is sunshine all over the place, yes, I grant it. But these things are complicated, and those isolated pockets of warmth are actually … [Read more...]

Boy Howdy

I put my truck in 4-wheel drive this morning to help me get to work . . . in March. Late last week, I was assuming that we were dealing with a spring snow, the kind of thing we have to put up with in Idaho from time to time. But no, this is the real deal, a winter storm that is, as I write, still coming down hard. Of course, I cannot let the moment pass without offering my tribute to the really smart people who believe that the threat of global warming is so real and so pressing that we have to slap all kinds of extra-cost burdens on industry in the middle of a hard recession in order to save us from the perils of having to take our coats off. I know, I know, somebody is going to say the science is undisputed. And it is undisputed if anyone who disagrees with this naked statist power grab is, by definition, a crank. It is undisputed if you are allowed to exclude from the ranks of respectability everyone who disputes it. The way these global temperatures are measured, they stopped … [Read more...]

The Cow With Some Evangelistic Liturature

We arrived in Oxford yesterday, and appear to have brought some Idaho winter with us. It was snowing again here this morning, which is apparently somewhat remarkable here. And of course, whenever it snows in some remarkable fashion, in any kind of proximity to me, I rise to say a few words on the important subject of global warming. I had a friend recently ask me whether I thought it wise for folks in our circles to make a joke out of this kind of thing -- "shoveled a foot of global warming off the driveway this morning, har har." Many non-Christians believe earnestly in what they are pleased to call climate change, and won't this resistance on our part to the most recent Dictates of Science just close off opportunities to present the gospel? No, because you cannot present the gospel in a biblical fashion without confronting idolatry, and the whipped up concerns over global warming reveal the idolatries of modern man in quite a striking fashion. A galloping stampede is no time for … [Read more...]