Global Warming Will Destroy Us?  Not According To God’s Word

by Michael S. Shelton

03 March 2013


Late in the evening, on 29 October 2012, the eye of Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the south-central New Jersey coast.  This particular area is largely low elevation, just above sea level, and a prime zone for heavy flooding from the storm surge to the northeast.  Although barely a Category 1 hurricane and had just become officially “extra-tropical” (e.g., it was now north of the official tropical cyclone latitude for hurricanes), Sandy was a devastating storm because it was so large in diameter (over 1100 miles wide), and because it struck at near high-tide conditions.

Additionally, just to the north were the NYC areas of Lower Bay, Upper Bay, the Hudson River, and the various bays along the southern shore of Long Island.  The coastal and immediate NYC shoreline areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken, and adjacent cities were flooded in the storm surge that ushered in the high waters up the Hudson.  More on this phenomenon later.

In today’s era, Global Warming (or “Climate Change,” or whatever is the current term du jour for the alleged man-made warming of our planet) was immediately invoked as THE cause, or a major contributing factor that made Sandy so bad.

On Friday, November 2nd, opinion writer Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post penned an Op-Ed titled “Will Hurricane Sandy be our wake-up call?  An article of this type was not unexpected.  After all, today’s normal thing, following the latest major storm, derecho (pronounced "deh-REY-cho" – note, cho = “show” in English), Arizona flash-flood, California mudslide, Atlantic / Gulf hurricane, or any climate event called “fill-in-the-blank,” is to generate renewed hyperbole prose about Global Warming.

Residents in the West Virginia / Virginia / Maryland / Pennsylvania regions will recall the massive derecho that occurred in late June 2012.  Having been through a few hurricanes and severe thunderstorms in my day, that June 29th derecho was a real attention getter and at times I thought the roof might depart my house.  Power loss was widespread throughout our area and we had no power for almost two days.  Some of us were fortunate.  Many were not, with widespread damage and loss of life in the mid-Atlantic region.

However, documented American derechos have been around well over a hundred years.  They surely existed well before settlers made their way across the Plains.  All those great storm cellars of the Midwest were not just to protect from twisters.  Even long, long ago, residents were quite familiar with severe thunderstorms and the significant straight-line wind fronts produced by derechos.

Dubbed Superstorm Sandy, the Planet Savers’ tear ducts have surged opened amid the howling and baying of the Al Gore worshiping Earth First and Save The Planet crowd.  Ignorant Op-Eds like Robinson’s are a natural result.  Mark Twain once stated, "If you don't read the newspaper, you are uninformed.  If you read the newspaper, you are misinformed."  That certainly rings true of the Washington Post.  Robinson’s Op-Ed was replete with misinformation and incorrect conclusions.

The fact is that Sandy was just another hurricane, but this time uniquely steered and fed with juicy warm air to make the total diameter larger than a typical Category I or II hurricane.  A large Greenland ridge of high pressure manipulated the jet stream to help move Sandy in a NW direction.  It turned just about on cue, as forecast.  It was the Perfect Storm.  As I stated earlier, the north side of Sandy’s eye, where the onshore winds produced the most storm surge water level rise, coincided with high tide of a full moon.  None of this was unique – these phenomena have been observed before.  But Sandy hit one of the most densely populated sections of the country.  I earlier mentioned the unique confluence of the geographic features of the NYC region.  The fact that there were no levee systems or floodgate / flood door barriers suitable to protect NYC tunnels and subways produced predictable results.  This level of damage in size and scope has been projected for years.  One wonders why New York had not constructed proper defenses.  This was not a surprise to the informed.

One wonders why Mayor Bloomberg is so passionate about His People having proper salt intake, no Big Gulps, Styrofoam reduction, and disarming everyone, but somehow was unable to prepare the city against the inevitable flooding associated with a hurricane storm surge.

Again, this was NOT a surprise to the informed.

Years past, Hurricanes Camille, Andrew, Hugo, Charlie, Katrina, Ike, and many others have wreaked untold havoc and destruction and loss of life in the United States and other nearby countries.  There are numerous accounts of old sailing ships of centuries ago, lost at sea in hurricanes, taking to the bottom precious cargo, gold, and countless lives.  But now it’s time for more Global Warming hysteria, and let’s throw in FEMA bashing for good measure.  Personal responsibility of having sufficient resources stored, having a generator, and evacuation plans have given way to “it’s the Government’s fault.”

Keep in mind that if Sandy had occurred 500 years ago, the only damage would have been to the few Huron, Fox, Iroquois, Mohican and other Indian villages.  Plus some collateral damage to beaver dams and squirrel nests.  The fact that very few people would have been affected 500 years ago is key to this discussion – if the NJ / NYC area were not so populated, this would have been akin to a forgotten island typhoon somewhere in the Coral Sea.

Our country and our government are broken, and our Op-Ed writers are dumber than three-day-old gravy.  Some may remember the infamous Dr. Heidi Cullen of some years ago.  If you’re a Weather Channel fan, you will recall she was one of the Weather Channel’s revered meteorologists (PhD on top of that) and also one who hyped Climate Control / Global Warming with the fervor of a backwoods Pentecostal snake-handler preacher.  Which is exactly what she was – a religious preacher who sold the snake oil of climate hyperbole.  She was so passionate about her “facts” that in December 2006, in reaction to a meteorologist’s claim that weather patterns were cyclical and that there was insufficient long-term scientific data, Dr. Cullen posted "Junk Controversy not Junk Science" in a blog on the Weather Channel's web site [source: Heidi Cullen (December 22, 2006). "Junk Controversy not Junk Science".  The Weather Channel].  In her blog, Dr. Cullen stated:

“If a meteorologist has an American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval which is used to confer legitimacy to TV meteorologists, then meteorologists have a responsibility to truly educate themselves on the science of global warming.... If a meteorologist can’t speak to the fundamental science of climate change, then maybe the AMS shouldn’t give them a Seal of Approval. Clearly, the AMS doesn’t agree that global warming can be blamed on cyclical weather patterns. It's like allowing a meteorologist to go on-air and say that hurricanes rotate clockwise.... It's not a political statement... it's just an incorrect statement.”

This assumes that Global Warming / Climate Change is fact, like the sky is blue.  Ain’t it obvious to everyone, huh?  One can’t make this stuff up.  Truth is stranger than fiction.  Sound familiar?  Like, “If you don’t subscribe and absolutely believe in all biological life having been produced by natural evolutionary processes, then you should not be awarded your Masters or PhD, or your curriculum should lose its accreditation.”  Blah, blah, blah.  We’ve heard this before.  It has nothing to do with the real, testable, quantifiable merits and metrics of scientific discovery, research, analysis, and published conclusions.  This is the shifting sands of secular ideology that man-made global warming / climate change is the source of our problems.  Just wait – a few decades from now, man-caused approaching asteroids the size of Wyoming will be the new fear of human annihilation.

Oops, that has already occurred, with the recent Russian meteorite event.  But I digress.

Thankfully, one no longer has to endure Dr. Cullen’s misinformed, condescending argle bargle on the Weather Channel.  Trying not to seem too cynical, but I have observed that the very people who are leading the charges that man is killing the planet with too much carbon dioxide are also the very ones who want others to die first.  Leading from behind is a common attribute of the Global Climate Left.

Following the global Flood of Genesis, we read the following verses in Genesis 8:20-22:

20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.

21 The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

22 "While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease."

In other words, God Himself has promised all mankind that, until the end of the world, we can expect the annual seasons and temperature cycles to continue.  This will continue until God destroys the world with intense heat, not melting Greenland glaciers.

Years ago, Christian superstar rock group Petra sang “Whole World.”  Composed by Bob Hartman, it was based on Hebrews 1:3 and Matthew 20:29; 6:34.  I would also throw in Acts 17:23-28.  The song leads off with:

Hearts are falling left and right
Children fear this planet's plight
Fatalistic fears abound
And take their toll without a sound

But then hope is on the way!

But through the vague uncertainty - comes a bold assurity
This world is under sovereignty - divinely ordered destiny
He holds this world together with the Word of His power
Safe within His hands - til its own appointed hour

He's still got the whole world in His hands - tonight
And only He knows where the sparrow lands - tonight
And nothing in this world can stop His plans - tonight
'Cause He's still got the whole world in His hands

The song wraps up with:

The fate of His creation isn't subject to a man
The final consummation is according to His plan

He's still got you - He's still got you and me in His hands tonight

No human and especially the Christian is promised utopia on earth.  This is our battleground, this is our prep school for the eternity in Heaven with Christ our Lord.  The Christian will take fire and suffer spiritual injury, persecution, loss of job, loss of tenure.  We must be compelled to tell the world about the Truth of His control of the weather and the elements.  He is in Total Control and will never allow Satan to go any further than allowed.  The bottom line is to point men to Christ and His Salvation.

Jesus said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33).  May Christians continue to pray without ceasing, and God embolden us to tell others of the One Who controls the weather.

3 For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.  4 In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you;  5 but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.  6 For the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to those who are dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.  7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.  8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.  9 Be hospitable to one another without complaint.  10 As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (I Peter 4:3-11)