Global Warming

August 12, 1998
Is global warming a real threat? Are we headed for a time of drought and the melting of polar ice caps? Recent testimony in Congress suggests we are not.

More than a decade ago NASA scientist, James Hanson predicted the coming of global warming. His computer models suggested that we would begin to see a significant warming of the earth by the end of the 1990s. Now we have an opportunity to test those predictions, and as various scientists told Congress, the evidence is not there.

In a recent article in World magazine, Calvin Beisner makes three points. First, the best data that we have for the earth's temperature does not show global warming. Second, he notes that even if there was global warming, that might be as much of a blessing as a curse. And third, he shows that if the Kyoto climate accords were implemented, they would have a devastating effect on the economy and ultimately on the lives of the 4 billion people living in less-developed countries.

For years Vice President Gore has been touting that 2500 scientists endorsed the UN report on climate change which forecasts a catastrophic global warming. Fred Singer, president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, points out that the number of scientists listed by Al Gore is too high and includes many signers who have no expertise in climatology or related fields. Instead, he points to the "Global Warming Petition" that denies the crisis scenario and has collected over 18,000 signatures.

The recent testimony in Congress reminds us that we'd better get our facts straight before we sign a treaty that would radically alter the lifestyle of every one of us.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.ion in Alabama

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