On November 10th, I attended a lecture by Global Warming supporter Dr. Richard Alley of Penn State. He based his lecture on several points:
- The community that once occupied the place known as Mesa Verde in New Mexico left their structures behind because of climate change.
- “The Physics proves that global climate change is happening.”
- “Since the only factor that has changed is an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, humans burning fossil fuels are the reason for global warming.”
- “Global warming is causing upheaval in places like Syria.”
- “The West is primarily responsible because we still burn fossil fuels.”
- “The amount of fossil fuels on the planet is finite – they cannot be replaced.”
- “We must develop alternative energy, especially wind power and solar power.”
- “We need Carbon taxes to pay for building the solar energy fields we need.”
First of all, I would point out that the “Physics” has been shown to be both misleading and deliberately skewed. See one of Lord Monckton’s very complete devastation of any so-called “scientific evidence.”
After the lecture, I politely asked him two questions: 1) How did the residents who abandoned Mesa Verde do anything to cause it? He answered that no one knows why the climate change took place, just that it did. If they didn’t do anything to cause it then, how can we do anything to stop it now? What’s the point, if they didn’t cause it themselves?
And 2) Doesn’t increased Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere actually FAVOR plant growth? And, since it does, what is the problem with increasing plant growth on earth? He agreed with me – because the scientific data supports it – that extra carbon dioxide has, in fact, increased plant growth. But, for some reason, he said the plant growth was only temporary – it didn’t last. Yes – I found that answer unsatisfactory, too.
Here’s the end of the letter I sent him:
… I am a Young Earth Six-Day Creationist.
You might be surprised that I agree with you on many of the points you made – your presentation was clear and very much to the point. I appreciate the fact that you didn’t duck the most important question: “What are we going to do about it?” Many presentations I’ve seen or heard on global climate change often skip over that most significant point, but you did well in addressing the Carbon tax.
Thank you for being honest – I tried not to be a “Gotcha” type debater. I wanted to be up-front with my positions. You answered my question about extra CO2 in the atmosphere helping plants: I have seen research that seems to support that, and it does seem to be a logical conclusion. I have been teaching about photosynthesis for many years – you had an excellent answer. I still think it’s a logical argument; you didn’t really contradict that.
I appreciated your answer to “What happened to Mesa Verde?” Even though they had a large community there – and they must have grown a lot of corn to support themselves – there clearly was an environmental change – a climate change – that caused them to leave. My point was that climate change has happened in the past – no doubt; I learned a lot about the method of using tree rings to date artifacts. (In fact, using tree rings appears to be more accurate that Carbon-14 dating) I don’t believe that the people of Mesa Verde could possibly have done something to cause their water supply to dry up. I think that was simply the result of natural processes that had nothing to do with the lifestyle of the people who lived there. In the same way, if there is global climate change happening (which I don’t discount), then it is not caused by our burning of fossil fuels. And – doesn’t burning wood produce even MORE carbon dioxide than burning coal or oil? I know the people of China, India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia don’t drive as many cars as we do, but they burn a lot more wood than we do. And because there are so many more of them than there are of us, I would think they would be just as guilty – if not MORE guilty – of increasing carbon dioxide in the air than we do.
I agree with your conclusion! That we need to develop alternative energy sources, especially solar power. It’s obvious – the sun is the source of just about all of our energy on the earth. If we can make solar energy practical, by all means, let’s do it! After all, God created the sun to be, not only our ultimate source of energy, but to be our source of oxygen, as well. He made plants to be the “converters”: they take water (the most abundant substance on earth) and carbon dioxide (which just happens to be the waste product of respiration and burning) and, using the most abundant source of energy (the sun) to make food (in the form of carbohydrates) and oxygen for all organisms. I would certainly be in favor of developing the ability to artificially do what plants and algae (and photosynthetic microorganisms) have been able to do since they were created. Could you imagine: covering many of the waste places of the world’s deserts (especially the Sahara) millions of “photosynthesis machines” that could do what plants do? Of course – wouldn’t it be easier to do like Israel has done: used drip irrigation to grow many crops in their deserts. http://inspiredeconomist.com/2013/11/25/agriculture-plants-cant-grow-drip-irrigation-israels-arava-valley/
I believe that, of course, fossil fuels are finite – the earth is finite. Ultimately, the sun will burn out, so there’s nothing we can do as humans to stop that! However – that’s why I trust the One who created everything.
Thanks again for your presentation!
“The LORD bless you and keep you;
25 the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6: 24 – 26)