Ironically, today SkepticalScience.com posted a most interesting article written by Dana Nuccitelli regarding the Cornwall Alliance and thanks to their generous Reposting policy I'm proud to add it to this little collection I'm putting together for those curious about this public relations effort called the Cornwall Alliance.
Global warming: a battle for evangelical Christian hearts and minds
Posted on 2 October 2014 by dana1981
1. As the product of infinitely wise design, omnipotent creation, and faithful sustaining (Genesis 1:1–31; 8:21–22), Earth is robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting.
3. While human addition ofes, particularly (CO2), to the may slightly raise atmospheric temperatures, observational studies indicate that the responds more in ways that suppress than in ways that amplify CO2’s effect on temperature, implying a relatively small and benign rather than large and dangerous warming effect.
Lewis and Curry not only low-balled their estimates of Cowtan and Way). They ignored many papers that document the best and most comprehensive estimates of changes in ocean storage such as those by Balmaseda et al (2013), Trenberth et al. (2014) and Chen and Tung (2014). There are a number of ocean content change estimates based on data, but these miss many s including the Indonesian and Arctic, which contribute perhaps 30% of the total. The result is that the Lewis and Curry estimates are perhaps 50% too low, and their uncertainties are much too low.by selective use of datasets but they also failed to take the other datasets into account in assigning error bars or uncertainties. They chose low values of temperature change without factoring in the biases of not adequately sampling the Arctic and the huge changes that have occurred there (see
To demand that they forgo the use of inexpensive fossil fuels and depend on expensive wind, solar, and other “Green” fuels to meet that need is to condemn them to more generations of poverty and the high rates of disease and premature death that accompany it.
This statement is made by people without much experience in energy or in emerging economies. My own team has led multiple projects where we bring low-cost clean energy solution to very remote and impoverished areas of the globe. Not only can we deliver energy at a competitive (and sometimes lower) costs, but small-scale distributed energy systems such as wind and solar generation provide local control over distribution. What we find is that cleaning the environment also cleans the politics associated with energy.
In subsistence farmings, people live and die by the weather and agriculture. I have seen firsthand how changes to are affecting real people and real communities. In the United States, it is an intellectual exercise to think about how the changing will affect our future economy and society. In Africa, South America, and Asia, this theoretical exercise is occurring in real time. costs are already occurring around the world, they impact the world’s poorest the most. Surely these social and economic costs should be part of our calculus as we think about solving this problem.
The foundation of the Christian faith is about loving others as Christ loved us, and it is clear from the work that I do myself as well as I see from other colleagues that those with the least resources to adapt to a changingwill be most affected by our actions.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Beisner: Subduing and Ruling the Earth to the Glory of God - say what?