Yesterday’s news pointed out, yet again, that our data about global warming is wrong. There’ve been a lot of such stories lately, as it turns out that many so-called scientists, accidentally or on purpose, have been grossly exaggerating our impact on the climate. That got me thinking.
There is no doubt that man has the capacity to change dramatically the world around him. We’ve driven species to extinction (the mammoth, the dodo), We’ve turned forests into deserts and deserts into crop lands. We’ve raised cities from nothing and redirected the flow of water. We are indeed powerful. But just how powerful are we, really?
The global warmists invest us with the power to change, not just our immediate environment, but the entire earth, in one flew swoop. As to that, I think there is some serious overreaching, as evidenced by the need to change the numbers to make the point. And this being Sunday, I wondered if the overreaching doesn’t come about, in part, because people who don’t believe in a God somehow see themselves as larger and more powerful than religious people do. After all, religious people accept that there is a force out there, a force that is not human, that created the world and that, presumably, can change the world at will. To the extent that there clearly are forces out there, the atheists, rather than recognizing how puny they are, invest themselves with the God-like power to make global changes.
As I noted at the start of this post, human history shows that we are indeed powerful. But are we as powerful as the warmists now think we are?