Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Climate Change – A modern day religion


1:        a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
2:        scrupulous conformity: conscientiousness
3:        a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith


1:        a person who differs in opinion from established religious dogma especially : a   baptized member of the Roman Catholic Church who refuses to acknowledge or accept a revealed truth The church regards them as heretics.
2:        one who differs in opinion from an accepted belief or doctrine: nonconformist


1:       something held as an established opinion especially: a definite authoritative tenet
2:        a code of such tenet’s pedagogical dogma
3:       a point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds
4:        a doctrine or body of doctrines concerning faith or morals formally stated and authoritatively proclaimed by a church


1:        belief and trust in and loyalty to God
2:        belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion
3:        firm belief in something for which there is no proof
4:        complete trust
5:        something that is believed especially with strong conviction especially
6:        a system of religious beliefs
7:        without question

I’ve been a Christian my entire life.  From my earliest memories of “Sunday School”, through confirmation, conversion from Lutheran to Catholic, marriage up to today when my wife and I will attend Mass in a few hours.  I don’t believe I’ve ever really doubted the existence of God though I’ve never really just “accepted” him as fact, I’ve looked for “proof” that he existed.  The earliest exploration for proof occurred sometime after my confirmation.  I’d received a microscope as either a birthday or Christmas present and I spent many hours viewing everything from a butterfly wing, to fish scales . . . to a part of a communion host that I palmed in the name of science.  I must admit that I never really believed that “bread” was actually converted to the “body” of Christ.  That afternoon I had my proof, right there under the microscope . . . it was still bread!  Honestly this discovery did little to shake my faith in God though it did put more understanding it the phrase “through, with and under the bread”.  It was here that the idea of FAITH, just plain trust in something based on what if felt in my heart and what I believed based on the faith of others around me – my mother, aunts, uncles, kids in the church with me, became clearer.  I “knew” there was a God, a Christ, that he died and rose to save me.  It was my faith.  It still is.

That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped looking for evidence . . . real, honest, hard evidence that he exists.  Perhaps that’s the engineer side of my head, the science side, the logical side.  I have settled on a specific piece of evidence that I use to explain that God truly exists . . . the Maple Leaf.  It’s perfect in every way for it’s stated task, to take sunlight and use that to convert nutrients taken from the ground into food for the tree.  To take CO2 from the air and convert it to Oxygen for the creatures of earth and to finally decompose returning to the earth to create soil to hold the tree.  Nothing wasted.  Nothing left over.  Perfect.  To believe that such a thing could come about from the universe’s chaos by chance is simply a reach that is too far to make. 

This past week I was in Florence, Italy and saw “The David”.  It is a single piece of marble depicting a grown David carrying his sling.  To believe that there is no God would be to believe that someone was digging around in the ground one day and happened upon a true piece of art “The David” fully formed by nature itself.  We know for fact that “The David” was extracted from a single piece of marble by Michelangelo.  His skill and love of the work is seen in the perfection of the work itself . . . as is God’s skill and love the His work as seen in the perfection of the Maple Leaf.

If you open your eyes, question everything, it is easy to see God in nature, the laws of nature, the orbit of the planets, the existence of the multitude of universes and the existence of billions and billions of suns and planets.  It all works too well together to simply be an accident – thus science offers proof to me that God exists.  It is a faith I can easily accept.  And still I question, look, observe – looking for more “proof”.

I’m taking a lot of words to draw an analogy between a Faith in God and a Faith in “Climate Change”.  Does “Climate Change” exist?  Sure – 100,000 years ago where I live was part of a vast savannah.  Forests grew and receded, grasslands expanded and contracted.  Just 10,000 years ago a bit to the north of where I sit was under a mile+ of ice.  The Great Lakes didn’t exist.  Man was pushed to a few areas that were warm enough for them to survive.  Creatures like the Wooly Mammoths existed.  “Climate Change” happened, the earth warmed, the glaciers melted, the Great Lakes filled in – a new normal was established.

If we look 65 million years in the past a single meteor impact changed the entire global climate killing over 75% of all life forms including the dinosaurs.  And again “Climate Change” healed the planet allowing life to once again flourish.  So, bottom line, is “Climate Change” real – yes.

But . . . but . . . and it’s a BIG BUTT . . . is “Man Made Climate Change” real?  Is man, by his very existence and his choice of actions, changing the climate?  And in what manner?  When I was younger the “scientific consensus” was that the earth was cooling and that was an existential threat to all humans.  There was a plan to fix that – use nuclear weapons to break off the McMurdo Ice Shelf from the Antarctica, let it drift into the North Atlantic Current, change the salinity of the Atlantic Ocean and the “Global Cooling” would stop – catastrophe averted!  Just to make sure we would also cover the Antarctica with coal dust which would also increase the ice melt, decrease the salinity of the Atlantic Ocean adding to the “cure” for “Global Cooling”.  It was simply the “faith” of the scientific community, based on what they had seen, that this would work.  Obviously, it was never implemented.  Because other, more “pressing” issues gathered steam – acid rain, shifting weather patterns and innumerable other climate emergences emerged.  Finally – “Global Warming” showed itself to be the next existential threat.  The planet was “warming” fast!!  We were all going to die – is just 20 years!!!  Of course, those 20 years past . . . and the next . . . until it was generally realized that global temperatures were not rising.  In fact, we were still recovering from the last mini-ice age.  So, the phrasing had to change . . . to “Climate Change”.  Yep . . . and we must do something in the next 12 years . . . or the next 10.5 years . . . or what, we’re all going to die???  Really??  Well holy crap, we better get cracking.  And since the good folks aren’t smart enough to get their butts in gear . . . our government will just have to tell them what to do!  What cars to buy, gas to use, light bulbs to buy, food to eat, how to build their houses, where to build their houses . . . our government will just have to CONTROL EVERY LITTLE BIT OF OUR LIVES . . . just to SAVE US FROM OURSELVES.

And that, that right there is the purpose of “Climate Change” just as it is the purpose of every religion on earth today.  To control our lives.

Religion attempts to control who we marry, when we marry, where we marry, how we act, what is good, what is bad.  Punishments range from a “visit from the pastor” to the taking of your head depending which faith you follow.

Governments manage everything from restrictions on services ( limits on when you can water your grass ) to imprisonment for various “code” violations.

Control is the goal of “Climate Change” – not saving the earth.  

Did you notice with the latest “walk out” this past week (9/20/2019) school children, college students and everyday folks walked out of the classroom, off the job to “protest” us not doing enough to prevent “Climate Change”?  Did you notice that no questions were asked, no doubts raised, no data presented . . . just full acceptance of the faith, the religion of “Climate Change” as being the truth?  Scientists that confirmed “Climate Change” were accepted as telling the truth.  Scientists that questioned the results, that found different results – were called “climate deniers” – in other words, heretics of the religion of “Climate Change”.  The “consensus of the science” was that “Climate Change” change is happening – regardless of what the heretics were saying.

And in moments like these . . . true science dies . . . and myth, superstition, a new faith is born.

Here is a clue . . . a BIG CLUE . . . science does not support “consensus” . . . it only supports an unending drive for provable, repeatable, undeniable FACT . . . not “consensus”.  So what’s missing here . . . what should we be looking at?

With the presentation at the UN by “Pippi Longwinded” – (Greta Thunberg)  - it would seem to me that the final transition of “Climate Change” to a full blown eco-religion has been completed.  The acolytes are the young, ignorant, uneducated – grade school through the early years of college – tentatively lead by an young woman seemingly on the edge of madness due solely to the “fact” that the adults of the world are stealing her youth by standing by while a “mass extinction” event is roaring across the globe.   All of which is based on raw emotions whipped up to a fever pitch.  The level of which can only ever be generated within a primarily “religious” environment that is fully without benefit of true scientific evaluation.

What comes next?  My expectation – real violence against the “deniers”, the heretics.  You are either all in on this new religion – or you are an enemy of the planet and must be eliminated.  Is this movement big enough to be a genuine threat to law and order?  I suspect not in the short term . . . but unless the adults begin to stand up, in another 10 years or so . . . violence will be all they have left.

A little something to put things into perspective . . .

During the past week I found myself in Rome, Italy.  Old Rome . . . in the ruins of the original Rome.  I was standing in front of the “Temple of Romulus” built in AD 307 . . . in a city founded in 753 BC . . . and standing on a road built around 300 BC . . . 2,300 years ago . . . over two millennia ago.  Since that time our earth has withstood . . .

Volcanos that have erased entire cities and their populations from history and killed millions with the famines they generated.  Plagues have killed hundreds of millions of people.  Evil men have killed over 100 million people in their own countries in our century alone.  We have endured wars, nuclear weapons, hurricanes and typhoons . . . yet here, now . . . this new “religion” . . . this new “faith” assures us that we are on the very edge, the very cusp of extinction.  We have only 12 years . . . or 10.5 years remaining . . . or we’ll all die!!

I also stood in the forum in Pompeii and looked at the twin peaks of Vesuvius.  The right peak the remainder of the 79AD eruption that erased Pompeii from existence until the late 1700s.  The peak on the left is the new, active peak that will surely erupt again in the future.  And I wondered if those in the forum that day nearly 2,000 years ago had a better grasp of an “extinction event” as the pyroclastic material exploded towards them, burying them alive . . . than we do when we ponder this mythical event that is about to kill us in the next 12 years. 

2,000 years from now, if this moment is even remembered, there will be humans walking the earth . . . just as there are today.  Perhaps if we focused on true science . . . and not fears or feelings  . . . we would do ourselves a better service in becoming good stewards of the gifts we have been given.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Conservative Outlook – a resurrection of sorts

In January of 2004 I began the blog entitled “Conservative Outlook”.  It allowed me a space to vent about the Gore/Bush race in 2004 . . . later the Obama/McCain in 2008 . . . and Obama/Romney in 2012.  By the end of March 2012 I was, well, outta gas.   March 27th was my last post.  The blog has remained dormant since then.

Other media filled in the commenting side of the formula for me . . . Facebook primarily.  And the focus became more personally centered – family, friends, daily life.  Other things were also consuming my time – Scouts, starting a firearms training company, attending various firearms training courses, grand parenting . . . life, I guess.  I maintained a passion for politics and our country’s direction . . . but taking the next step and blogging about it a couple times a week . . . well . . . no.

Today though, a bit of the fire has been rekindled by a genuine frustration with the road we’ve traveled since I last posted in March of 2012. 8 years of Obama left us heavily in debt, a nation that seemingly has little regard for its own sovereignty, even less regard for the officers that defend our communities and homes and on the edge of an election that offers a rather stark selection of our future . . . freedom . . . or socialism.  As family and friends will quickly tell you I have no shortage of opinions and thoughts on topics that surround this divide, the coming election or where I view our path should take us!  But I’ve decided that social media sites like Facebook are simply not meant for in-depth discussions.  A couple hundred keystrokes to author a quick point does nothing to offer depth and breadth to a discussion.  So, I’m going to do a bit of a facelift on this blog, leave all past content in place, and begin anew.  I invite any and all to join in on the discussion . . . but do it here, on the blog and not on FB.  Let’s leave FB to photos of dogs, kittens, horses, grandkids, spouses . . . and all the enjoyable pastimes that make life worth living.  I’ll provide a link to my posts that will direct you to the blog to share my thoughts . . . and you are always welcome to join in the discussion.  That way, those that have absolutely no desire to climb down a political rabbit hole can simply not click the link to the post.  

And, those that do . . . come on down . . .


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

EPA to impose first greenhouse gas limits on power plants

Looking forward to those rolling blackouts and increasing electric bills??  Here they come!!

EPA to impose first greenhouse gas limits on power plants

Daniel Acker/BLOOMBERG - The proposed EPA rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced.

By Juliet Eilperin, Published: March 26The Washington Post

The Environmental Protection Agency will issue the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants as early as Tuesday, according to several people briefed on the proposal. The move could end the construction of conventional coal-fired facilities in the United States.

The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any new power plant to emit no more than 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt of electricity produced. The average U.S. natural gas plant, which emits 800 to 850 pounds of CO2 per megawatt, meets that standard; coal plants emit an average of 1,768 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt.

And, just in case you forgot Obama’s thoughts on coal fired electrical generation – a little reminder in his own words:

Latest Global Average Tropospheric Temperatures

This is a pretty good example of solid science regarding current global temperature warming – or cooling – trends.  Bottom line?  For the past 30+ years – NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE!!!
Latest Global Average Tropospheric Temperatures

Since 1979, NOAA satellites have been carrying instruments which measure the natural microwave thermal emissions from oxygen in the atmosphere. The signals that these microwave radiometers measure at different microwave frequencies are directly proportional to the temperature of different, deep layers of the atmosphere. Every month, John Christy and I update global temperature datasets (see here and here)that represent the piecing together of the temperature data from a total of eleven instruments flying on eleven different satellites over the years. As of early 2011, our most stable instrument for this monitoring is the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU-A) flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite and providing data since late 2002.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fracking Doesn't Harm Drinking Water, Study Says. - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Once again, the devil is in the details.


Fracking Doesn't Harm Drinking Water, Study Says.

Ronald Bailey | February 17, 2012

Frack away.Citizens who are concerned that fracking -- pumping a mixture of water, sand, and small amounts of chemicals into deep wells to break open natural gas and oil supplies -- should be happy with the findings of a new study just released at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference today. As ScienceNowreports:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Top 1 Percent Pay 37 Percent of Income Taxes - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Just a reminder of who actually pay’s taxes.

Top 1 Percent Pay 37 Percent of Income Taxes

Tax cheat Tim Geithner, the only member of the Obama economic brain trust who has not yet been fired, testified to the Senate Finance Committee today in favor of the president’s proposed trillion-dollar-deficit budget.

Geithner, a Dartmouth man esteemed more for his tennis skills than for his understanding of markets or business, peddled much Keynesian voodoo before a nation whose economy he helped destroy while employed by the Federal Reserve Bank and then the Department of the Treasury. To get a sense of the mixed metaphors and confused logic that characterized the treasury secretary's testimony, ponder the Reuters headline “Geithner: Year-end fiscal cliff to hit U.S. growth,” and tremble to reflect that this word salad accurately describes Geithner's comments

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Obama’s Jobs Gains Piddly Compared With Millions Of Jobs That Never Materialized - Investors.com

The devil is always in the details


Obama’s Jobs Gains Piddly Compared With Millions Of Jobs That Never Materialized - Investors.com

Posted 02/03/2012 07:02 PM ET

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Jobs: Of course it's good news that 243,000 new jobs were created in January, shaving the unemployment rate to 8.3%. But thanks to massive policy errors by the White House, we're still way below where we should be.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again) | Mail Online

Color me shocked!!   Shocked it tell you!!!!!


Forget global warming - it's Cycle 25 we need to worry about (and if NASA scientists are right the Thames will be freezing over again) | Mail Online

Met Office releases new figures which show no warming in 15 years

By David Rose

Last updated at 5:38 AM on 29th January 2012

The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.

The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.