From Population Research Institute (PRI)

I’m a Global Warming Skeptic—So Arrest Me!

By Steven W.  Mosher

I have followed the twists and turns of the climate change debate since I was a graduate student at Stanford University forty years ago. The academic rage in those days, it will surprise you to learn, was “global winter.”  That was the idea that we humans were putting so much particulate matter and pollutants in the atmosphere that the earth’s average temperature would plummet, triggering a new ice age.

How things have changed.

Now we are instructed by our betters that, because we are releasing CO2 into the atmosphere, we must worry about global warming–or whatever the climate alarmists are calling it these days.  (I must say that any movement that has to keep changing its name every few years to reboot its credibility makes me suspicious. What are they going to call their imagined calamity next?  Tornados ”R” Us?)

The global warmers have gotten more strident of late, perhaps because they realize they are losing the argument.  Recently they have started labeling and stigmatizing those of us who disagree with them as “climate deniers.”  But now they have gone even further: They are pressuring the federal government to arrest and prosecute those of us who question their science and their conclusions.

President Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, has publicly confirmed that she has asked the FBI to look into going after “climate deniers” under the Racketing and Corrupt Practices Act (RICO). This is the same overly broad statute that was misused in the past to unfairly—and unsuccessfully–prosecute peaceful pro-lifers.

I don’t want to get overly political here, but how is it that Hillary Clinton can be so confident that she will not be indicted for sending classified material out over her own email server—a clear violation of federal law–while we “climate deniers” are supposed to be living in fear of prosecution because we demonstrate that data from the real world does not support alarmist claims about global warming?

I don’t know how other climate skeptics will react to being threatened for dissenting from the preferred climate orthodoxy of the Obama administration and its supporters, but, as for me, it … made … me … mad.  This kind of heavy-handed effort to stifle free speech and scientific inquiry belongs in one-party dictatorships, not in the United States of America.

Anyway, if the Department of Justice is drawing up an enemies list of those who question the global warming narrative, I insist on being in the Top Ten, since I question everything.

I question the scientific credentials of anyone who refers to carbon dioxide as “pollution,” as the EPA now does.  As anyone who took biology in high school knows quite well, CO2 is a trace gas on which all life depends. It is colorless, odorless, and absolutely vital to the process of photosynthesis.

Levels of this key plant nutrient in the atmosphere are rising, of course, which means the plant growth and food production on Planet Earth will also increase.  One of my sons ably demonstrated this point a couple of years ago by growing corn plants in different concentrations of CO2.  As you might expect, the higher the level of CO2, the faster and more luxuriant the plants grew. His science experiment won first prize in the Arlington diocesan science fair a couple of years ago. (As far as we know, no one has yet reported him to the Department of Justice.)

I also question whether “global warming” is in fact occurring.  While carbon dioxide levels are increasing, the earth has consistently failed to warm as much as climate models have projected.  Indeed, the past 19 years have shown a pause, or “hiatus” in rising temperatures.

“There is this mismatch between what the climate models are producing and what the observations are showing,” Canadian climate change researcher John Fyfe recently admitted. “We can’t ignore it.”

What this means is that the science is not settled, despite the premature claims of those who say it is, and apparently will stop at nothing to silence their critics.

Another question I have has to do with whether the changes in climate that have been observed are caused by human activity, that is, are anthropogenic.

We know from the geological record that our planet has experienced dramatic changes in climate over the course of its long history. The climate of the Jurassic was so warm and humid that even the polar regions had a temperate climate. The ice ages of the Pleistocene, the last of which ended a mere 11,700 years ago, covered much of North America with ice. Average temperatures were 5 to 10 degrees Centigrade colder than they are today.

Scientists aren’t sure what caused these wild swings in temperature from age to age. Explanations range from changes in the earth’s orbit to variations in solar radiation, from changes in the earth’s atmosphere to shifting ocean currents.  One thing is certain, however: none of these fluctuations in temperature were caused by humans.

If the planet is indeed warming, I question whether there is much that we can reasonably do about it.  Most of the proposals being bantered about involve reducing CO2 emissions.  But if we ban the combustion of fossil fuels, what do we replace them with?

There is a lot of talk about resorting to “renewables” such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biofuels. But such energy is not only harder to “collect” and therefore more expensive, it is also less portable, less reliable, less controllable, less scalable, less portable, and less versatile than fossil fuels.

If the government continues to insist that we switch to renewables, we will have to restructure our entire economy.  The rising cost of energy will necessarily drive our remaining industries either out of business or into foreign exile.  China, which is opening a new coal-fired power plant every two weeks or so, will be happy to welcome them.

The end result of banning fossil fuels would be a sharp decline in our standard of living.  America would survive such a drastic restructuring, although we would no longer have the world’s largest economy.

Those who live in less developed countries will not be so fortunate.  Hundreds of millions of people would find that they have virtually no access to energy.  They will have to turn off their lights, turn off their stoves, and power down the pump that supplies their drinking water.  Their tractors will sit idle in their sheds, and their motorcycles will lack the fuel they need to get their goods to market.  For some subsistence farmers, the shift to renewables would literally be a death sentence.  They would be unable to produce the food that their family needed to survive.

Pope Francis, who frequently reminds us of his “preferential option for the poor,” would be horrified by this result.

Finally, I question whether some of the leading global warming activists are really as upset by the prospect of a degree or two of warming over the next century as they pretend to be.

I, for one, would welcome a warmer planet, and believe that it would be beneficial to humanity.  Vast tracts of land in Canada and Siberia could be brought under cultivation.  Longer growing seasons further south would allow additional crops to be planted each year.  The specter of famine would be banished forever.  Ice free ports in the Arctic Ocean would shorten shipping times and reduce transportation costs.

I suspect that “threat” of climate change has been hyped by organizations like the Sierra Club, not to mention by the United Nations itself, in large part as a fundraising ploy.  At that, at least, it has been stunningly successful.  Indeed, the Obama administration, acting without congressional approval, just transferred $500 million into a U.N. green slush fund.

Of course, if those who spin stories about the terrible consequences of climate change really believed what they were saying, they would be emigrating en masse to Canada.  Instead, just like the rest of us, they move in the opposite direction when they retire.  South.  To warmer climes.

Go figure.

With a heavy heart I must say that I am repulsed by everyone who played a role in Donald Trump’s triumph in the primary elections. I believe his victory will prove to be a defeat for Americans and the worldwide community whether he wins or loses the presidential election. I hope I am proven wrong, but I seriously doubt it. Sadly, I’ve lost respect for a lot of people whose opinions I had previously trusted or at least took into consideration. Shame on the so-called conservative news media (the innocent among them excluded).

May God bless Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio and America despite the self-centered voters who were responsible for this fiasco.

https://fjdalessio.wordpress.com/?s=trump

For the record: I share John Harris’ thoughts expressed in

I Hope Ted “Steals” It From “The People”.

Except for a portion of his closing comment.

“This column first appeared on the website “The Catholic
Thing” (www.thecatholicthing.org). Copyright 2016. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission. (source)

Remembrance and Peace

Sunday, May 1, 2016

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit. . .
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”

We all need help remembering. The forgotten appointment, deadline, or birthday brings some embarrassment, if not professional or personal disaster. So we invent all sorts of techniques and devices to help us remember. Uncle Billy’s finger strings, the ubiquitous Post-it notes, the latest app to buzz you at the right moment – they all speak of our need for reminders.

If memory loss is bad in ordinary life, it is deadly in the spiritual life. We learn from the Israelites just how deadly. They were forever forgetting what the Lord had done for them – how He delivered them from slavery, fed them miraculously, uprooted nations before them, and gave them the Promised Land. The psalms lament their forgetfulness and the prophets rebuked them for it. Destruction and exile were the wages of that failure to remember.

But this spiritual defect goes back further than the Israelites. We can understand the sin of our first parents through this lens of forgetfulness. Their rebellion began, not with a distorted act of the will or even with intellectual pride, but with a forgetfulness of God. They forgot God’s commands and promises. Most of all, they forgot His goodness. That was the opening for the serpent’s wedge of doubt and suspicion: “Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’”? (Gen 3:1).

Our fallen human nature suffers that wound of forgetfulness; our sins follow the same pattern. Typically it is not that we have God firmly in mind but choose against Him nonetheless. It is, rather, that we fail to keep Him in mind at all. We live as if He does not exist – praying at certain times (perhaps), but forgetting Him all the others. Or, more likely, we forget that He is good.

Confidence in His past goodness slips our minds (because we have failed to remember it in thanksgiving), and the ability to trust Him goes with it. That forgetfulness makes us susceptible to temptations from the world, the flesh, and the devil. Which is why that unholy trio is so intent on keeping us from remembering.

Naturally, such memory loss leads also to anxiety. In the natural order, we grow anxious when we forget something. So much more so in the supernatural, when we forget our divine origin and end. Indeed, nothing robs us of peace quite like forgetting God, being fated to look at ourselves and our world without Him.

The First Eucharist by Juan de Juanes, c. 1562 [Museo del Prado, Madrid]
The First Eucharist by Juan de Juanes, c. 1562 [Museo del Prado, Madrid]

Without the Creator the creature vanishes. (CCC 49) We sense this truth. If we have no memory of Him, then we grow anxious about ourselves. Thus Scripture’s oft-repeated command: Remember.

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (Jn 14:26) Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit precisely to help us remember. The Spirit will call to mind (or “bring to your remembrance”) what Christ taught.

Now, it might seem too small a task for the Holy Spirit simply to remind us of things, to be the Divine Reminder. But His role suits our weakness perfectly. His dwelling within us brings us an abiding awareness of God’s presence. To live according to the Spirit means to be ever mindful of – to remember always – God’s words, works, and goodness.

Every memory attempts to make present something past. We hang pictures, tell stories, sing songs and erect monuments, all with a view to making the event or the person somehow present to us here and now. And in so doing, to bring ourselves some measure of peace. The Lord bestows the Holy Spirit to accomplish just this remembrance – but of extraordinary things, not ordinary (it won’t help you find your car keys). The Holy Spirit makes Christ Himself present and effective. He recalls within us the words of our Lord and enables us to think, speak, and act according to them in every instance.

This is what makes for peace: the Spirit’s bringing the Lord to our remembrance. Which is why our Lord immediately goes on to speak of peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” (Jn 14:27) The memory of Him brings us the assurance of His presence and power to save. His peaceful words are present and effective: I have called you friends. . . .In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. . . .I am with you always…

The Holy Spirit’s greatest work – His greatest “reminder” – is the Mass, the memorial sacrifice. At this moment more powerfully than any other He brings something to our memory – He makes the past present. For the Mass is not a mere reminiscence but the making present of Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity under the form of bread and wine. The Holy Spirit makes the Sacrifice of Christ present and real to us. What human memory feebly tries to accomplish – making the past present – the Holy Spirit powerfully effects at every Mass.

And that brings peace. Which is why Mother Church places the Lord’s words of peace after the Consecration, after the Eucharistic Prayer, with the living Victim upon the altar. It is the memorial sacrifice – the making present of that past, saving event – that alone brings peace.

Anyone who thinks Trump is being treated unfairly, should read this. In fact, everyone should read it.

I don’t know if it’s because I just celebrated another birthday and have perhaps been pondering too diligently, but the question has come to mind as to why we people can think so differently regarding some very important issues. I believe that very often, perhaps most often, it has nothing to do with our level of education or intelligence. I’m not speaking about things that can be indisputably proven or disproven by virtue of one’s knowledge. I’m speaking more about points of view.  Certainly, those who have been our teachers (professional educators, parents, pastors) have significantly influenced our way of thinking. I thank God for my Catholic background. Which, by the way, truly helped me twenty-three years ago to open my heart and mind to a religious re-enlightenment when God blessed me with an opportunity to grow up and from then on strive to age well. If we are aging well, we should be able to say, as does Msgr. Charles Pope, “My body is aging, but my soul is younger and more vibrant than ever.” Since then our Blessed Triune God and his Holy Catholic Church have helped me to carefully discern between his Will, that of my own, and the influence of others and also to fervently strive to know and live my Catholic faith more deeply. I can sincerely pray this way.

My zeal for my faith and my concern for my loved ones those many years ago prompted me to establish a website, which I chose to name Thoughts and Faith to Share. That evolved into my current blog, Taking Life, Love and Faith Seriously. Why did I choose that title and why might some of my points of view be so different than so many of my fellow citizens of our shared planet? Because I cannot care less than I do about the topics presented on this blog. I must strive to have as deep a concern about important issues as does my Lord and Master – the only Teacher Who is the way, the truth and the life.

To close, I’d like to add:

If you are a non-practicing Catholic or do not embrace all of the teachings of the Catholic Church, I earnestly suggest that you wait no longer for your own religious re-enlightenment and begin your own phase of aging well. I pray you begin earlier and I did and strive even more diligently than I do. I believe you will find a great deal of helpful material and references on this blog (and do feel free to email me.)

If you are a parent, grandparent or godparent, I recommend reading A Child’s Plea for Eternal Life.

God bless you

If you didn’t click on the prayer link, see below.

O my most loving Triune God,

I love You as my Life, my Hope and my Salvation.

I adore You as the Author of my being.

I desire You as my End.

I praise You as my Perpetual Benefactor.

I invoke You as my Sovereign Protector.

I worship You as my Divine Master.

Direct me by your Wisdom.

Restrain me with your Justice.

Comfort me with your Clemency.

Protect me with your Power.

I consecrate to You my thoughts, that I may think of You,

my words, that I may speak of You,

my actions, that they may be according to your Will,

my sufferings, for your greater Glory.

I beg your Pardon for my faults.

Strengthen me with your Grace and keep me from falling.

Come and take Possession of my heart.

Live and Reign in it making it wholly yours.

Fill it with your Love, Mercy and Peace.

Amen.

Read Mau-mauing the Georgetown Flak-Catchers? by Robert Royal.

Excerpts:

  • Richards has run Planned Parenthood for a decade. During that time it has aborted at least 3.25 million innocent children – and sold their body parts for money.
  • As to the “Catholic and Jesuit identity,” we’re not talking about the distinguished history of Georgetown, the first Catholic institution of higher learning in America and still the most prestigious university in the capital of the world’s most powerful nation. We’re talking about the ghost of that institution, a disembodied spirit whose faint outline, like a bad conscience, not quite yet extinguished, haunts the otherwise secularized day-to-day activity on campus, which it would be difficult to distinguish from that of any other American university today. Hardly a surprise, because Georgetown, and most other top-notch Catholic universities, long ago decided that being universities in good standing (on the modern American model) trumps their Catholic “identity.”
  • The Catholic Church and other religious bodies with traditional morals are accused every day now of violations of basic human dignity and human rights over their views of homosexual activity and gay “marriage.” Lots of us now even find ourselves called bigots just for believing there should be Men’s and Women’s bathrooms.
  • … universities like Georgetown who claim the name of Catholic simply aren’t anymore. And, barring miracles, never will be again. They dishonor the very name. There are other places where real Catholics can get a real Catholic education.

Read Mau-mauing the Georgetown Flak-Catchers?