Global Warming: Is It Science and Is It Settled?

If you’ve read my book Who’s Got Dibs on Your Kids? you know there is a chapter on climate change. Why, when the focus of the book is on how kids are being led on paths away from God, do I address the very controversial topic of climate change?

The first reason to start questioning may be when one learns you are being lied to. Well, the word “lie” has grown out-of-favor lately, so let’s be politically correct and say “misled.” My chapter on climate change gives a number of instances of “misleading” information used to validate the claim of anthropogenic global warming (AGW). The website Critical Thinking describes AGW: “The UK Met Office describes the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) hypothesis as follows: “It is now clear that man-made greenhouse gases are causing climate change. The rate of change began as significant, has become alarming and is simply unsustainable in the long term . . .”

That Critical Thinking page states, “In short the AGW theory is not borne out by the evidence.  Had the AGW hypothesis been subject to the proper scientific method, the failure to substantiate this fundamental premise (of increased warming in the troposphere over the Equator) would have rendered the man-made global warming theory invalid.” It then directs the reader to other resources that disprove the theory of AGW.

Climate model prediction of warming compared to actual temperatures 1958-1959

There is much scientifically-based material available to refute the global warming alarmists claims, but a good short analysis I have found that delineates how such a proposal is antithetical to the Bible is a paper “A Proposed Bible-Science Perspective on Global Warming” by Rod Martin, dated May 26, 2010. You can read it or download it as a PDF at Answers in Genesis. A concluding statement of that paper reads in part:

The biblical history of the earth, contained in the first 11 chapters of the book of Genesis, provides a useful and sufficient framework for evaluating the current global warming issue. As we have seen, CO2 is a natural atmospheric gas that is essential for man’s existence. It is not a pollutant. The atmosphere is likely deficient in CO2 compared with the original created atmosphere. Reducing CO2 would definitely create problems, but increasing it will not. Burning fossil fuels merely returns CO2 to its place of origin. Forests are to be used for man’s benefit. They are not needed to produce O2 and they have no intrinsic rights, but should be managed responsibly and effectively.

Basic science is consistent with the biblical history and argues strongly against the global warming hypothesis. Melting glaciers and changing climates are not an indication of man-made global warming. These natural phenomena have been operating for thousands of years. Temperature histories are imprecise and unreliable. Global warming is built on an evolutionary earth history and an evolutionary time scale. Anything built on a faulty foundation cannot stand. Global warming is an offshoot of evolutionary thinking and is needlessly creating mass hysteria. God is in control of the earth, not man.

It can be expected that several trends evident since the Flood, however, will continue: sea level will rise as polar glaciers continue to melt, and deserts will expand. These trends, as we have shown, have little to do with CO2, they are a consequence of a God-ordained event, the Flood. Governments with either ocean boundaries or deserts should consider how to efficiently and economically address these trends.

There is no viable justification either biblically or scientifically for limiting the generation of CO2 or restricting logging of forests. In view of the great benefit of CO2 it is absolutely unnecessary to consider spending billions of dollars to restrict something that is extremely good for mankind and the earth. We cannot properly understand creation apart from God’s Word. Viewing global warming within a Bible-science perspective brings much needed clarity to this issue. As stated in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Emphasis added)

I will soon be adding on my website this link and others to use as resources for a Biblical stand refuting the claims of the global warming alarmists. Some of them have threatened to put anyone who disagrees with their “settled science” in prison. I’d like to hear how you are encouraging your children to disagree “with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you” (1Peter 3:16).