Monday, May 29, 2006

Judgments regarding global warming must be based on sobriety, not hype.

As Christians, we are stewards of this planet and must therefore appropriately respond to environmental issues we face. Having said that, however, as one who is adequately knowledgeable in this area (having earned a degree in Environmental Policy & Analysis), I would also caution us not to rush into judgment too soon regarding the seriousness of global warming without first considering the facts. We must adequately determine whether the claims made are built more upon substantial, solid, scientific evidence or around limited, scientific data and conjectures. Al Gore has recently spawned a new movie entitled An Inconvenient Truth, which centers on what he refers to as the imminent threat of global warming. In an interview with Grist Magazine, Gore admits his own exaggerated claims that has only added to the hysteria concerning this topic:

"I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience..."

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