On Julie Lehman's "Integrating Creation Care into the Life of Faith" George C. Kaulbach ‘64
I read with interest Julie Lehman’s column “Integrating Creation Care into The Life of Faith.” In our household we recycle aluminum cans, food cans, newspapers and cardboard. We use the new energy saving light bulbs. We seldom throw glass and very little plastic comes our way. I don’t think you will print anything I say, but I just had to write. Julie wrote “…[Those of us who have been paying attention to] the overwhelming evidence realize that for the first time in human history, humans are capable…to threaten our survival…” There is another side to the reality of global warming which is well documented and set forth in everything but weekly magazines, daily newspapers and television. Dare you read on?
In the first place the Green forces state the debate is over. Humans are causing global warming. I have not yet seen scientific facts that support their stance. They will not tell you that the world cattle population yearly blows more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere than all the world’s automobiles. They will not tell you that one volcano eruption sends up more greenhouse gas and other pollutants than the world’s industrial smokestacks. Are you aware that bona fide PHD Climatologists who work neither for the government or big oil companies have scientific evidence that humans are not causing global warming? In the give and take of academia that both sides are not equally heard from is regrettable.
Back in the 60’s or 70’s the news was that we were headed for a new ice age. Several issues of Time Magazine gave major coverage to this. You hear nothing about that today but it happened and government figures wrung their hands.
On the European Continent in 900 AD the climate was very similar to what it is today. For the next three to four hundred years temperatures rose about 2 degrees world wide. Does not sound like much does it? However, storms grew more violent. Winters lasted six months. Sometimes it rained three or four months without stopping. Grain crops were ruined. People starved. The ice cap on Southern Greenland melted. In the 1300’s Vikings found ample pasture for their sheep and moved there. Around 1420 or so, in a matter of three decades, global temperatures fell rapidly between two and three degrees. The Viking abandoned Greenland which was once again covered with ice and snow. This period was called The Little Ice Age. Of course we have no climate figures for North America because it was not as yet settled. But around 1850 it began getting warmer and has been ever since, about one degree so far. This warming most likely will continue until 2200. This is a natural part of earth’s cycles which have been going on for thousands of years. There is much we can do, not to head it off, but to prepare for it. This is another story.
People like the Sierra Club and others are receiving and spending big big money getting the politicians to do something and they say it will be costly. Let me tell you who will not pay this cost. Those who are perpetuating the myths that humans are causing global warming will not suffer. Those who make political legal decisions will not suffer. Industry will not suffer. But you and I, dear friends, will shoulder the burden out of our own pockets unless this monster is derailed.
We Christians are called to seek the truth, proclaim it and live by it. Why should myths and half truths rule us?
Grace and Peace,
George C. Kaulbach
P. S. We moved to Cornelia in April 1999. The drought was on. Lake Lanier was way down. Environmentalists said it would take years to raise the lake to full pool. About four months of much needed rain filled it.