by Bill Buckman
“Global warming” has been a much debated issue in recent years. Even among Christians, including those here at PABC, there is disagreement on this subject. The media in general strongly emphasizes the supposed dangers of it. This writer has seen strongly emotional works on both sides of the issue.
This little book, only 95 pages, is the most rational this writer has seen on the matter. The book is authored by several Answers in Genesis (AiG) writers, including a PhD and an MS in Atmospheric Science. AiG is a non-denominational Christian organization that publishes much information on the creation-evolution issue and operates the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, Ohio.
The book begins with the biblical viewpoint that God, as the Creator, owns the earth; but has given man dominion over it to use it responsibly. Obviously man has not always been the best steward of what God has entrusted to him. But does this mean in this particular case that man’s use, or misuse, of the earth’s natural resources is the total, or partial, cause of any global warming? Are stringent measures called for to limit carbon emissions? Would these measures solve the problem? Would these restrictions cause more harm than the original problem? Is global warming necessarily bad? Is there more involved here than just the physical? These questions and more are considered in this book.
On page, 12 Ken Ham, president of AiG, writes: “Even though the resources God created are there for our use, man often exploits these resources at the expense of his fellow man, and causes needless loss and destruction of other parts of God’s creation. Surely this is wrong! Conversely, much of the emphasis of the modern conservation movement and global warming alarmists is evolutionary and pantheistic, worshipping the creature rather than the Creator (Romans 1). This ignores the biblical mandate to rule over the earth and subdue it. The development of energy sources…, the mining of mineral resources, the cutting of timber for building, etc., is not wrong…It is the abuse of these resources—-the exploitation, the waste, the greed, and the haste—-that is wrong.”
Is global warming really Happening? “According to the National Climate Data Center, the average global surface temperature has risen approximately 1.2°F since 1880.” (p. 18)
Are humans causing global warming? “Since the Ice Age the earth’s temperature has fluctuated only a few degrees. For example, a medieval “warm period”(AD 900 to 1300) was followed by a “little ice age (1300 to 1880), when the overall temperature dropped about 2°F. These relatively recent fluctuations can be correlated to natural changes, such as volcanic eruptions and cycles in the sun’s radiation…. It is logical to assume that similar factors continue to have some influence on today’s global warming” (pp. 19-20)
Is global warming causing plant and animal extinctions? Much has recently been said about polar bears. “Polar bears in, reality, are currently thriving.” “Currently… there are no documented extinctions resulting from global warming.” (p. 21)
These are a few examples found in this book of straightforward answers to global warming questions. Al Gore’s documentary is also evaluated, along with some other major climate studies.
The book also notes: “In fact, 20,000 scientists, of whom about 2,700 of them are physicists, geophysicists, climatologists, meteorologists, oceanographers, or environmental scientists, who are in a position to understand the global warming issues, have signed the following statement: ‘There is no convincing scientific evidence that the human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the earth.’” (p. 28)
In general this book advises extreme caution and much further study before any drastic measures are taken on the global warming issue.
There is also a 48-minute companion DVD documentary to this book. The participants include 9 holders of PhD’s. Brief biographies of each participant are given at the back of the book. A word-for-word transcript of the DVD is provided in the book. There are numerous footnotes and a few charts and illustrations. Both the book and DVD are available from answersingenesis.org. Generally this book is not overly technical.
Dr. Larry Vardiman concludes on p. 57: “Global warming may affect some parts of our society negatively but would likely benefit others. In fact, the current warming trend may be returning our global climate closer to that prevalent in the Garden of Eden.” &
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