THERE’S AN ELEPHANT IN THE GLOBAL WARMING ROOM

A Candid and Truthful Look at the Climate Change Hysteria 

By Loyal to the Word

 

         The Lord told the first man to take care of the earth he made for him (Moses 3:15; Gen. 2:15). We also have it revealed to us that the earth itself is a sentient being, with thoughts and feelings as intellegent as that of any person (see Moses 7:48-49). Therefore, it seems important that Latter-day Saints be mindful of the planet they are given to dwell on. But what of all this discussion about Global Warming? Much in the way of doom and gloom is presented to the public for the future of our planet, and Global Warming has become a hot topic (pardon the pun). More recently Global Warming has been re-branded by its advocates as “Climate Change.” There’s no question that the earth is warming, but exactly what is causing it and whether it is something to fret over is debatable. To ask, “Is Global Warming real?” is not the proper question, but rather, “Is Global Warming caused by mankind?”

         An “elephant in the room” is an idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored, as though there was an elephant standing in the middle of a room which everyone tries not to notice. When it comes to the cause of Global Warming and its true agenda, there is an elephant in the room. What causes Global Warming? Is it something to be worried about? Why is the political left so adamant and passionate on this issue? How should a Latter-day Saint feel about it? This article will briefly discuss these issues in a frank and informal way.

 

 

TAKING A LOOK AT THE SCIENCE

 

Greenhouse Gases

         The popular notion is that Global Warming is caused by greenhouse gases which trap heat in the atmosphere. Before we discuss the cause of Global Warming, let us first discuss the greenhouse gases that so often carry the blame for it. Greenhouse gases form approximately 3% of the atmosphere, 95% of which is water vapor from clouds.[1] Water vapor is “by far the most important [i.e. atmospherically influential] greenhouse gas.”[2] The remainder of the greenhouse gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), Ozone (O3), and nitrous oxide (N2O), but the most common of these is the carbon dioxide, or CO2.[3] CO2 is made out to be the big villain, yet it absolutely pales in comparison to the greenhouse contribution of water vapor (clouds). CO2 is not as major of a contributor to the greenhouse effect as probably most people think. 

         The truth is, CO2 accounts for 0.037 % of the atmosphere of the earth,[4] and only a small fraction of that is caused by human activity. CO2 from human activity is “a small fraction in the single digits percentage-wise” of the total planetary output of CO2.[5] The vast majority of the CO2 put into the atmosphere is actually from natural sources (so is the earth killing itself?). This is an important point because it suggests that even if all human activity were to completely cease, it would still have a very negligible affect on the overall amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. I remember hearing on the radio some time ago an environmentalist saying that the death of trees from the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation in British Columbia released more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than the entire transportation industry of Canada that year. Surprisingly, he did not see the futility in trying to fix this situation, but instead proposed a very expensive idea in which the dead trees would be quickly removed and replaced with new trees in order to help “fight climate change.”

 

 

CO2 is Not a Pollutant

         It should be very plainly stated that CO2 is not a pollutant. It is a naturally occurring molecule. In fact, plants require CO2 for photosynthesis, the natural and necessary process in which plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into the oxygen which we breathe. Anti-CO2 environmentalists talk about “being green,” but if you want to see green, then we need CO2! CO2 is necessary for plant life, which is the staff of life for the rest of the planet; so its presence has an indirect beneficial effect for the entire earth. Warmer temperatures are helpful, too, and an increase in temperature is projected to be “beneficial to human health.”[6]

 

 

If What They Say Is True...

         What if Global Warming is bad, though? And what if it is caused by the CO2? If that really was the case, that a naturally occurring molecule, one that is essential for plant growth and therefore life on earth, was actually killing the planet, the consequences would be absolutely catastrophic (and our doom would be ultimately unavoidable). If you stop to think about it a moment, if greenhouse gases are really the problem when it comes to Global Warming, then all of life is in a giant paradox – a catch twenty-two. Carbon dioxide is essential for plant life (and therefore all life), yet it is destroying the planet.

         The problem goes even deeper, since many of man’s daily activities involve production of CO2. In fact, if CO2 were really a problem then your very existence would be a threat to the planet, since every time you exhale you expel CO2 and water vapor, two key greenhouse gases! While this would only be a miniscule contribution, it would nonetheless be true. In fact, the Global Warming advocates have already drawn the conclusion that population control must be implemented in order to stop man from destroying the earth through his CO2 output. But it should be noted that the Lord is seemingly not concerned about that, since his command to multiply and replenish the earth “remains in force” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).

 

 

Cause and Effect

         There is more data that shows the inconsistency of carbon dioxide as a cause for climate change. Scientific analysis shows that CO2 levels increase or decrease after an increase or decrease in temperature, not the other way around. This indicates that CO2 does not drive climate change, but it is actually the apparent product of climate change.[7] Based on this data, it appears the anti-CO2 environmentalists have it backwards. How can we say that A causes B if B comes first? 

 

 

A History of Fluctuating Temperature

         The temperature of our planet has been in fluctuation throughout its history. This is normal. In the middle ages, the earth experienced a warming period in which Vikings farmed Greenland.[8] That means that the earth has actually been quite a bit warmer than it is today. This warm era in the earth’s history is associated with prosperity, wealth, and progress for mankind, not devastation.[9] Following this medieval warming period, a global cooling set in which lasted for hundreds of years. We are currently coming out of a long cooling phase in the earth’s temperature cycles. 

 

 

A Look at the Data

         Consider the graph shown at right, which compares temperature, CO2 levels, and the Sun’s radiation. You will notice that during the post World War II era, when industrialization – and therefore CO2 levels – were likely at what was then the historical all-time high, temperatures dropped. Between about 1945 and 1975, temperature and CO2 moved in opposite directions (as shown on the graph)! That’s the opposite of what was supposed to happen if you think CO2 is the culprit. Temperatures dropped so much during this time of unprecedented industrialization, in fact, that there was fear that the earth was heading into another ice age. Some of the readers of this article may themselves be old enough to remember the ice age scare of the ’60s and ’70s. Does any of this scare frenzy seem familiar in our own time?

 

 

The Elephant in the Room

         The expression “the elephant in the room” applies to obvious truths that are being completely overlooked or ignored. Imagine a living room that has been destroyed, its furniture upturned, its vases shattered, its carpeting soiled. What caused it? The experts file in the room to determine the source of the trouble. Sitting in the center of the room is a large grey elephant. Yet the experts, with magnifying glasses in hand, peer around, over, and under the elephant – basically they look everywhere except at the elephant in the middle of the room. They ignore the obvious cause.

         There is an elephant in the Global Warming room. The true source of Global Warming, that is, the thing that is making the earth warmer, appears to be – brace yourself – the Sun! The Sun, as the graph above clearly demonstrates, is the proverbial “elephant in the room,” being unduly ignored in this issue. Fluctuation in the Sun’s radiation matches extremely well with the data compiled of temperature highs and lows in the past. There is nothing to be done about Climate Change. It is a natural, cyclical process that human beings can have very little influence on. If Climate Change really is dangerous then mankind is doomed, since the problem is beyond our ability to control, influence or change.

 

 

The Controversy

         Perhaps the biggest problem with information about Global Warming is that it has become highly politicized (after all, scare tactics regarding it were popularized by the ex-vice president Al Gore, a left wing politician). The media has chosen the side of the apocalyptic, doom-filled view, and made it appear as though all credible scientists feel that way. But “Literally tens of thousands of scientists have signed the Leipzig, Heidelberg and Oregon declarations/statements/petitions, protesting the abuse of the science and the politicized goings-on” surrounding this issue and the UN’s stance on it.[10] In truth, the warming phenomenon that the earth is experiencing is a natural cyclical occurrence that people should not be alarmed about, least of all Latter-day Saints who enjoy a unique perspective on the future of the earth. We might as well enjoy the warm weather while it lasts, because it won’t last forever. 

 

 

TAKING A LOOK AT THE POLITICAL AGENDA

 

A Scientific Controversy or a Political One?

         One thing that is incredibly fascinating about the Global Warming/Climate Change controversy is how starkly it is divided along political lines. In general, those who are conservative reject Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria, and those who are liberal, socialist, communist, and left wing endorse it enthusiastically. Why would people be so politically divided over a scientific issue? The answer is that the scientific questions relating to Global Warming/Climate Change are superficial. It is not really about science; it is about ideology.

 

 

The Truth Behind the Climate Change Agenda

         As we have already seen, the science behind the Global Warming/Climate Change scare is total bunk. Yes, the earth is getting warmer, but no, this is not the fault of man but is instead a natural, cyclical occurrence upon the earth. What the Climate Change fight is really about is political ideology. It is the old fight between capitalism and freedom versus socialism and government control. Here is why: Those who say that man is responsible for Climate Change and is therefore ruining the earth, blame capitalism directly for the problem. Therefore, in this convoluted view, man is destroying the earth through capitalism, and capitalism must be stopped. It follows from this then that the government must stop the capitalists from destroying the planet! They must implement carbon taxes, and global wealth redistribution, and intrusive government programs, or the world will end! What an ingenious lie: accept socialism or the planet will be destroyed. The clear agenda of the Global Warming/Climate Change scare is to undermine capitalism and initiate socialistic “carbon taxes” and other measures, all under the guise of saving the planet.  

         In truth, we should be very skeptical of the Global Warming/Climate Change scare message, just from the very source we received it from: the political world – Al Gore. It is, at its core, a political message, with a politically driven agenda, given to us from the least impartial of sources.

 

 

How Do You Like My New Look?

         Why has Global Warming been rebranded as “Climate Change”? That is a very interesting question. No doubt this was done for a very deliberate and strategic purpose. The adherents of man-caused Global Warming have done this because they wish to cover off any weather anomalies, not just heat, that they may desire to attribute to Global Warming. In other words, they want to hedge their bets in case future weather does not coincide with the conventional idea of Global Warming. This way, any abnormality in weather, whether real or contrived, can be recruited and used for their cause. More destructive tornadoes this year? It’s because capitalism is destroying the planet. More or less precipitation than usual? Again, blame capitalism. Higher or lower temperatures than is customary? Capitalism is the culprit. And what shall we do? The government is the answer, of course. 

         But the change from Global Warming to “Climate Change” is not the only fresh face that has been applied to this movement. The Global Warming/Climate Change agenda is simply socialism under the guise of do-gooder environmentalism. It is socialism rebranded; a new face on collectivism. The most ingenious thing about it, unfortunately, is that the way it is presented to people makes it quite undetectable as such. Climate Change is the new look for Global Warming. And Global Warming is the new look for socialist ideology; a tired old Marxist ideal dressed up in new scientific clothing.

 

 

Here, Have Some Kool-Aid

         While claiming to have its basis in science, the Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria is very much like a religious cult, with Al Gore as its high priest, and its adherents exercising blind faith. And like a religious cult that asks its followers to drink the cyanide-laced Kool-Aid without question, the priests of the Climate Change cult ask its followers to believe its doctrine and obey their prescribed solutions. Reasons for this blind commitment may be either one or both of the following: 1) They trust the mainstream media implicitly, 2) Because of anti-capitalist political leanings, they really want it to be true, because it would help their liberal/socialist political agenda forward. 

 

 

What’s in a Label?

         One of the blatantly underhanded strategies of the liberal/socialist agenda is to marginalize those who disagree with their views, that is, make them appear to the average person to be uneducated, extreme, fanatical, or crazy. One of the most effective methods which the liberals and socialists use to accomplish this is to apply deceitful labels to those who disagree with them. If you disagree with the homosexual lifestyle, then you’re a homophobe (i.e. you have an irrational fear of homosexuals). If you stand up for the family then you’re a “bigot.” If you disagree with the Global Warming/Climate Change agenda, then you’re a “Global Warming denier” or a “Climate Change denier,” which is a play on the term “holocaust denier.”

         It is a sad fact that there actually exist people who dispute the historical fact of the Nazi holocaust, despite mounds of evidence to the contrary, and these people are regarded as “holocaust deniers,” and their views are universally disregarded by reasonable-thinking people. Therefore, in a devious attempt to associate those who have not swallowed whole the Climate Change frenzy with lunacy and malevolence, the liberals and socialists have relentlessly applied the label “Climate Change denier” to any level-headed person who disagrees. It implies that not only are those who disagree with the Global Warming/Climate Change agenda ignorant and dismissive of facts, but they are also akin to fascists. Instead of spending energy engaging in bonafide debate or making their case by an appeal to credible evidence, Climate Change advocates presumptuously declare the matter settled and relentlessly label dissenters as lunatics. It is a most deceitful, disgraceful, and sinister tactic.

         The tactic also has severe intellectual weaknesses. These weaknesses include:

  1. The label is quite misleading. Those who are informed on the issue do not “deny” that the earth is getting warmer. They simply dispute the idea, on the grounds of strong evidence, that Global Warming/Climate Change is caused by people.
  2. Most actual holocaust deniers are almost always themselves sympathetic to Naziism, or National Socialism. And so the liberals and socialists are disparaging conservatives by accusing them of being like socialists. An incredible paradox.  

 

 

Planned By the Global Conspiracy

         Now for the most frightening aspect of the Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria: It was planned. And just such a panic-causing, attitude change-inducing, contrived emergency as this one has been sought after and in the plans for quite some time. The interests who are seeking to create a global socialist state, the secret combination we are warned of in the Book of Mormon (see Ether 8:24-25), is behind the environmental hysteria. The Global Warming/Climate Change scare is a hoax orchestrated by the elites as an ingenious way to get the people to submit to carbon taxes and a global redistribution of wealth, with the hidden purpose to stifle what is left of industry and equalize powerful nations like the United States with less prosperous ones, and to keep down the third world from becoming too prosperous and independent. That would make America much more manageable for the elites to control, and put it in a position where there would be a perceived need for aid and guidance from a governing world body. 

         This is not mere wild speculation. Rather, it is based on intellectual evidence. There exists a once-secret report known as “The Report from Iron Mountain,” which was compiled in the 1960s by members of the Council on Foreign Relations (an arm of the secret combination’s global organization). While secret, this report was later leaked. The report is a study for the use of the global elites, and it examines ways in which to keep the populace under the control of the government. The recommendations included the exploitation of group psychology phenomena during an emergency atmosphere of war, to take away the people’s freedoms with the minimum amount of alarm or complaint, and to maximize allegiance and devotion to government leaders. Also, strongly recommended was raising the alarm of an environmental threat, either real or fabricated, to get the people to comply with the will of the government in order to save the planet (G. Edward Griffin, The Creature from Jekyll Island, 2010, p. 516-526). It is a completely ingenious way to get the people to comply with the plans of the elites. The elites know that the people will comply, for people would be afraid to not do so for fear that the world will literally end. For more details about the role of the global conspiracy, its agenda, and its methods, visit the author’s article: The Secret Combination.

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

         As Latter-day Saints we have a responsibility towards the earth as good stewards, knowing that the earth itself is an intelligent, sentient being and was given as a gift for us, as a home for our families. Therefore, we should be concerned for it and treat it with respect. On the other hand, however, we must realize that the great concern of our mother earth is not its temperature, or even actual pollution, but instead mother earth has said that her great concern is “the wickedness of my children” (Moses 7:48). As for the Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria, this is a false alarm. Yes, the earth is warming up, but no, people are not the cause. The cause of Global Warming is the sun. It is a natural, cyclical occurrence which cannot be helped. Adherence to the erroneous view of man-caused Global Warming is much like a religious adherence, and is very cult-like, and is not based in good science but on faulty science and a large and organized propaganda effort. To aid in advancing their agenda forward, the liberals and socialists enlist deceitful but effective labels such as “Climate Change denier” to brand their opponents as crazy. As for the clear agenda behind the hysteria, it is without a doubt a tool to undermine the system of capitalism that God has graced us with in his inspired Constitution. The Climate Change agenda is that of the socialists and international elite who are seeking to set up a socialist world government.

 

Notes: 

[1] http://friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/FOS%20Weather%20and%20climate.pdf on Dec. 20, 2008.


[2] Prof. John Christy, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama, on The Great Global Warming Swindle documentary.


[3] http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=3 on Dec. 18, 2008.

 

[4] http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=3 on Dec. 18, 2008.

 

[5] Prof. John Christy, Dept. of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama, on The Great Global Warming Swindle documentary.

 

[6] http://www.friendsofscience.org/assets/documents/FOS%20Essay/Climate_Change_Science.html on Dec. 18, 2008.

 

[7] http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=3 on Dec. 18, 2008.

 

[8] http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=120 on Dec. 20, 2008.

 

[9] The Great Global Warming Swindle documentary.

 

[10] http://www.friendsofscience.org/index.php?id=120 on Dec. 20, 2008.

 

 
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