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Global warming or global hoaxing? — Climate change is not to be feared

Submitted by on 04.30.2012 – 9:27 pm 31 Comments

People all around the world, especially Americans, are constantly told the planet is going to fry and everyone and everything is going to die because humans are depleting the ozone layer via air conditioners, TVs, automobiles, computers, industries, logging, etc. In essence, because of mankind’s technological advances we are going to kill the Earth and ourselves. However, creationism and the theory of evolution do not support such ideas.

Michael Crichton, author of “Jurassic Park” and avid evolutionist, considered the idea that humans could destroy the planet through “intoxicating vanity.” The Earth has undergone “continuous and violent upheaval” that we could never imagine or possibly endure, according to Crichton and the theory of evolution. Yet, the Earth endured millions of years of such violent upheavals and life exists where it was once void.

According to the theory of evolution, galaxies, planets, moons and all life came from and withstood incredibly destructive and violent forces, but Earth cannot withstand our puny little emissions? Even compared to evolutionary theory man-made global warming is completely illogical.

For creationists, the idea of man-made global warming is, or should be, preposterous. Creationists, particularly Christians, know that God created the heavens and the Earth and that mankind has nothing compared to the almighty power of God (i.e. “When I consider … the work of Thy fingers … what is man that Thou art mindful of him?” Psalm 8:3). So how can we destroy His great creation with our tools? When we begin to think we can do such a thing we make gods out of ourselves, and that should be a red light to all creationists.

In essence, man-made global warming is a complete falsehood. Human beings do not have the power to have any effect on the climate, only nature does. Indeed, to assume that mankind is powerful enough to affect the global climate is an exercise in intellectual dishonesty and vanity.

As Crichton put it, “Earth has survived everything in its time. It will certainly survive us.” All that the Earth has gone through, including wars and natural disasters, have had no effect on it. The Earth heals itself and continues as it always has.

We shouldn’t have to be ashamed of our use of technology and Earth’s resources. These things are here for our use and purpose. The resources of the Earth are abundant, and we should make good use of them. Naturally, we should use them economically, but without fear. After all, do we really want to go back to the horse-and-buggy days?

Andrew Jenson can be reached at
arg-opinion@uidaho.edu


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31 Comments »

  • Jesse Fisker says:

    I will repeat myself, with emphasis: you are a creationist fucking moron. Your mind is so closed off that it wouldn’t feel a much-deserved high five through your head. You clearly did not read the nearly 100 comments on your past two “columns” that addressed your ludicrous and ill-informed assumption that evolution has anything at all to do with anything outside of life forms. Like how chemicals we fabricate having unintended effects on the earth. Are you really so anti-science that you ignore the COMPLETE and UNANIMOUS consensus of everyone with more than seven brain cells that chlorofluorocarbons caused a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica? Citing a fiction writer as a source for your equivocation of evolution with “the earth is bulletproof” is… your stupidity leaves me nearly speechless. Do you think there are two belief systems in the world: creationism and science? And back again to your misapplication of actual science. Please, please drop off of the face of public discourse. You embarrass yourself (I hope you are aware enough to realize, but seriously doubt) and you shame our university.

    • Christian Aagesen says:

      This is absurd. You must have the have been educated about global warming by some mixture of Fox news and veggie tales. No scientist has ever stated that we are going to destroy the planet a la Alderaan, but more that we are destroying the fragile ecosystems that makes human life possible. And since we can’t live on any other planet, protecting our environment doesn’t seem so insensible. Also, by your own creationist ideas, the notion that God made this earth for us to use up seems pretty selfish, seeing as how He also created 1.7 million other species.

      • christian aagesen says:

        This is not directed at mr. Fisker, but the slackjawed yokel ( i hardly ever have reason to call someone this, and i relish the opportunity ) who wrote this article, kindly return to the dark ages sir.

    • klem says:

      “.. you are a creationist fucking moron. Your mind is so closed off that it wouldn’t feel a much-deserved high five through your head.”

      Um, you sure that it is not you who are the closed minded moron?

      • christian aagesen says:

        I have known jesse for some years now, and i can attest to the fact that he is very close-minded. For many a times i have attempted to convince him of irrational things and never once has he been persuaded. So often have i presented him with theories completely detached from proof, to no avail. Mr. Fisker, will you not open your mind and listen to the facts and proof, that i have not provided and are nowhere to be found, and accept with blind faith the teachings of our most holy flying spaghetti monster(or whatever make believe creator the writer believes in). Cease your cold hearted fight for reason and open your mind to the wholly unsubstantiated.

        P.s. – i mean no insult to the followers of the FSM, may his noodly appendage be forever with you.

  • Brian Marceau says:

    You’re obviously not smart enough (your weak prose is a separate issue) to understand some science basics, though I will presume your ability to read. Since homo sapiens are part of nature, and you assert only nature can effect our climate, it follows that homo sapiens can negatively impact our climate. Unless you can square this circle in some other way.

    Your misunderstanding of science only begins with your classification of homo sapiens as separate from nature. You allude to humanity destroying Earth. We know Earth will outlive homo sapiens, but we don’t know how what condition homo sapiens and other species will live on a planet with a changing climate.

    This won’t interest you, the author has no recent published fiction, but at the slight chance facts and science interest you (which it will not since you’re a creationist), here is a link you should explore.

    http://www.sciencemag.org/content/306/5702/1686.full

  • Brendan says:

    I’m sure many people will jump to call out this article, just as they have your past two. That being said, I wanted to get in here and point out the most obvious error in understanding the issue of human-produced climate change.

    You claim that climate change posits that: “because of mankind’s technological advances we are going to kill the Earth and ourselves”

    I think you misunderstand what the issue with climate change is. Nobody is worried about the destruction of the planet earth, Crichton is correct that “the Earth heals itself and continues as it always has.” The issue at hand is not that the Earth will continue on; it certainly will. The issue with climate change is that humans will not survive. What is in danger is our very civilization (or possibly our entire species). Earth-lovers shouldn’t fear though, you’re right, the Earth will continue on, and so will life (evolving all the time), just maybe not human life.

  • Mike Steffens says:

    After three completely ludicrous articles in a row, I’m beginning to think there is no way a human being can be serious with this much ignorance, and therefore these articles must be satire. But in the case that they are not, I’m going to ignore the most blatant idiocy that I’m certain will be pointed out in dozens of comments as in the previous ones and stick with this. Of course the Earth can endure everything we put it through. Save blowing it into rock fragments that will scatter it through space, the Earth will be fine. But you know what? That doesn’t mean we’ll be here. Of course the planet always survives, but have you ever noticed how it seems to be so efficient at killing life forms off?

    Actually, one more thing. You cite your creationist beliefs as proof enough that god created everything and we don’t have the power to destroy it. I’d please ask you to refrain from being a self-centered prick in ignoring the impact you have on everyone else who doesn’t believe in a magic sky daddy and his zombie son. We’d greatly appreciate not being screwed over by your proud stupidity. Thank you.

  • Ian Cognito says:

    I’m fairly certain that the theory of evolution has nothing to do with the formation of galaxies, planets & moons! Interesting that the only people who don’t seem to notice this are creationists.

    I just found this great little observation of the way people like Jensen think, on a website well worth visiting:

    “Creationists believe that man was instantaneously created by God, based on an account in a book called the Bible.

    Several thousand years ago, a small tribe of ignorant near-savages wrote various collections of myths, wild tales, lies, and gibberish. Over the centuries, the stories were embroidered, garbled, mutilated, and torn into small pieces that were then repeatedly shuffled. Finally, this material was badly translated into several languages successively.

    The resultant text, creationists feel, is the best guide to this complex and technical subject.”

    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Creationism

  • Andrew Cross Rowe says:

    I’d like to applaud Jenson here, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone pack this many logical fallacies and absurd claims into one page of text.

  • Andrew says:

    Is the Argonaut so desperate for articles that they let continue to let ignorant trash like this further stain their name?

  • Kyle DeHart says:

    “According to the theory of evolution, galaxies, planets, moons and all life came from and withstood incredibly destructive and violent forces”

    Where in the actual fuck does it say that in the theory of evolution. Please tell me. You have your facts SO wrong it hurts. Every single one of your articles is getting worse. PLEASE LEARN YOUR FACTS BEFORE YOU SPOUT FICTION.

  • Wieteke Holthuijzen says:

    Oh I get it… this is the best satire I’ve read in a long time. You should write for the Onion.

  • Trevor R. says:

    Sir you are not a fool but instead a straight imbecile. You know nothing of science and perhaps you have even less knowledge of logic. Looking at the articles you posted I can easily bring myself to say that not only am I ashamed to go to the same university as you, but I am ashamed to share a common ancestor with you. I wish you luck in fighting the urge to spread your stupidity amongst the population.

  • Dave says:

    Wow………I can’t believe an institution dedicated to teaching people facts and skills has allowed this to be published. Clearly goes to show how one sided beliefs can ruin society.

  • Jordan says:

    So wait, is this guy trolling or real? I really can’t believe the Argonaut would let something like this get through.

  • David says:

    I assume that the Argonaut, as a paper affiliated with an institution of higher education, is not supposed to be a gossip rag or tabloid only interested in selling advertising by creating scandal and muckraking. I would assume it wouldn’t let just anyone spout off opinions that are utterly ignorant of what the educated society it is embedded in knows full well. So, I don’t know what to make of giving voice to Andrew Jensen who doesn’t seem to understand that an unstable climate is deleterious to civilization and life in general. Yes, climate change has occurred before and with devastating effects. To suggest we have no affect, make no contribution, have nothing even to prepare for, is an absurdity that could only be sold to an ignorant clientele that doesn’t want to bother with the responsibility of our future. This article is a poor reflection on the University.

  • Jens says:

    This is a greatly debated topic among scientists. Not all support it.

    • Jesse Fisker says:

      You misunderstand what is “greatly debated” among scientists. Whether climate change is happening is not one of those topics. There is overwhelming consensus that the climate is changing, correlating quite well with the increase in carbon dioxide (among many other atmospheric pollutants). Some debate whether it is caused by human activities, but that is mistaken by many, apparently including you, to be debate over its existence. It’s not. Don’t bring up a 20-year-old article by Dr. Lindzen, who has conceded many valid criticisms of his cloud theories. Also, if you want constant summer, move to Australia and leave the rest of the planet alone.

    • Christian Aagesen says:

      He is the problem that I have with your article and your previous articles( I imagine many would agree with my problem). You have every right to your opinion, just as I have a right to mine. It is important that we be able to have discussion on our different opinions, all the while showing respect to each others ideas, but what you have done in every article is launch attacks at my opinions. Even worse is that you have attacked my beliefs without ever offering any factual evidence to disprove my ideas or prove your own. If we look at this aritcle alone we find that you use only unsourced quotes from a fiction writer (and MD, but not an doctor of ecology) and one heavily edited passage from the bible. Were this article summited to a professor for grading it would not receive a passing grade.

      • Steven Simmons says:

        Obviously, getting something by an Argonaut editor is much easier than getting it past a professor.

        This article (and the others by this author) makes all sorts of claims that are wrong straight out of the door.

        Take the entire premise of this article. Scientists do not claim global warming is going to destroy the earth or all life on it. Saying otherwise is creating a “straw man” argument.

        Client scientists have shown that life as we know it will be drastically altered. Namely, human life. Evolution doesn’t imply that somehow humans will be around forever. We are as extinguishable as any other species.

  • Hugh Jones says:

    I am glad that we can leave our forums open to all opinions, even those that receive such a negative reaction.

    Sweeping oversights, over simplifications and factual errors are a prime example of the ridiculous punditry and propaganda that is the American Media Institution.

    Read this article, realize most propaganda is this crazy, but not this obvious. Now… stop, collaborate, and stop paying legacy media. Kill the cash cow, reinvent the goals of media.

  • Eric says:

    The argonaut and its editors should be horrified and embarrassed with the trash they have allowed to publish here. If trying to make a mockery of your paper UI, you’re on the right track!

  • Nick Meixler says:

    Get this moron off the argonaut. You are a dumbass do you also believe the earth is flat too?

  • Jeff says:

    Think for yourself! These comments have plenty of ad hominem attacks and appeals to “the consensus” and authority but no substance. It is refreshing to see one student at the University of Idaho who actually questions the dogma. Enjoy the Global Warming ‘Hiatus’ everyone.

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