Friday, March 16, 2007

Some (more) Inconvenient Truths

I am not an environmentalist, but rather a conservationist. I believe we need to set aside areas and manage them to the best of our abilities. As a hunter, I understand the balance that needs to be struck between over-harvest and over-population of species and habitat. I gladly obey the laws that have been established so I can continue to enjoy the beauty of nature, the challenge of the hunt and a hope of passing both appreciations down to my children.

I see in nature and the environment a deeply intricate design of God which man has only understood a fraction of its complexity. Because my Worldview is so oriented I am skeptical of the broad "scientific" claims made in the name of global warming. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle. Here are some quotes that I appreciated in a recent article I read.

"From the technical perspective, if anthropogenic [man-made] warming is real, then why is Earth’s closest neighbor warming? According to recent studies, the Martian climate is not only undergoing a dramatic change, its caps are melting “at an alarming rate.” Could it be the naysayers who claim that sun spot cycles and solar winds are major drivers in this phenomenon are onto something?"

"It’s also important to realize that every group has its special interests, be they financial, political, or spiritual. Mr. Gore noted, "You can't make somebody understand something if their salary depends upon them not understanding it." That’s well said; but it applies equally to him and his camp as it does to his critics."

"Having said all this, let me add that I agree with many of the recommendations in An Inconvenient Truth. Recycling more, driving less, adjusting our thermostats, reducing consumables, planting trees, and the like, are the right things to do. All are in keeping with biblical stewardship, regardless of global warming. "

Read the entire article Some Inconvenient Truths by Regis Nicoll at Breakpoint.

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