Beyond Global Warming
Beyond Global Warming
By Todd Strandberg
March 2012 will go down as the warmest March for the United States since modern record-keeping began in 1895. All forty-eight of the contiguous U.S. states saw at least one record warm temperature in March, with over 15,000 high-temperature records broken. The previous warmest March was in 1910.
What was is the most noteworthy about last month's record warmth is how much we departed from the norm. The average temperature from March was 51.1 degrees Fahrenheit, which was 8.6 degrees above the average for March.
The first three months of 2012 have been so balmy that this year is being called the year without a winter. January to March broke high-temperature records for the contiguous United States, with an average temperature of 42.0 F, which was 6 degrees above the long-term average. Just to prove it can't be warm everywhere at the same time, Alaska has had a very cold and snowy winter.
Headlines regarding record heat have become all too common during the past decade. Stu Ostro, a senior Weather Channel meteorologist, said last week, "It's not only what happened in March in North America, it's the context: the extremity of this extraordinary early-season heat in the U.S. and southern Canada, plus Norway and Scotland breaking their March high-temperature records; Texas and Oklahoma in 2011 having their hottest summer on record, even hotter than during the Dust Bowl; the off-the-charts 2010 Russia heat wave along with approximately 20 countries setting high temperature records that summer; and Canada having its warmest winter and year on record in 2010."
The entire issue of global warming has become highly politicized, thanks largely to the efforts of globalists like Al Gore. After the release of his 2006 documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, our former vice president went around saying everyone needs to cut their carbon footprint or we will all be doomed. Never mind the fact that Gore traveled the global in a private jet that spewed hundred of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Interest in Gore's message cooled when 2008 and 2009 turned out to be rather chilly years. Terry and I had many laughs when at least three global warming conferences were canceled because of blizzard conditions. To avoid any future embarrassment, liberals now use the term "climate change."
The overreach and misinformation by globalists has triggered a backlash against the idea that our globe may be warming because of man's intervention. Just last week, forty-nine former NASA scientists and astronauts made news by saying that NASA is playing fast and loose with climate-change science.
I see the whole debate as a complete waste of time. Even if we determine that man is the root cause of rising global temperatures, there is little we can do alter the process. Every month, China fires up two new coal-burning power plants. The rain forests in South America, Africa, and Asia are steadily being cut down and converted into charcoal for fuel in cooking--the number-one source of greenhouse gas.
The whole concept of global warming doesn't fit recent events. The climate models call for a rise of 2.5 degrees over 100 years. Since we just had a month with a temperature that was 8.6 degrees above normal, the climate-change advocates need to retool their theory. Unless the mild weather from last month was a fluke, all the doomsday predictions about our bread basket turning into a desert and Florida being claimed by rising sea levels would quickly come to pass.
We are already experiencing negative consequences from March's record temps. The lack of snow cover has left large areas of the nation unprotected from wildfires. It is only April, and we are having one of the most active fire seasons on record. The dry soil has raised the risk of drought and poor crop yields.
I spoke with a friend up in Iowa who said the wild weather has severely damaged the trees in his state. Having been fooled into putting on their leaves early, several varieties of trees have been damaged by a frost that occurred last week. My friend said that all the leaves on the oak trees have turned yellow and the elm trees are losing their leaves altogether. That same frost has largely wiped out the apple crop in Minnesota and other northern states.
I think Bible prophecy is the only way to account for the oddities of Mother Nature. Last week, we had a whole slew of major earthquakes around the world, and they certainly had nothing to do with global warming. Everything fits perfectly with the birth-pang scenario that Jesus described in the Gospels. Since birth pangs occur at an exponential rate, we can only expect stranger weather in the coming months.
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth" (Luke 21:25-26).