Who Should I Trust?

November 18, 1999

Last week I wrote a commentary critical of a World Wildlife Fund study that alleges that rising sea levels caused by man-made global warming may flood low-lying coastal cities. I received an e-mail from someone who "would like to know both what good evidence you have for your ‘opinion' and why this issue is even of interest to antievolutionists and religious fundamentalists?" He also pointed out that "without credible evidence" that such opinions were "without merit and reflect the very worst of hack journalism." Well, I could go on, but you get the idea.

Why should I trust what Kerby Anderson has to say? The easy answer could be because I have a master's degree from Yale University in environmental science, but maybe that doesn't answer the question.

I would suggest that you don't trust me or anyone else. Check it out for yourself. Right now I'm looking at a charts of average annual temperatures for the arctic and the globe. These charts can be found on many web pages on the Internet. And as I said in my commentary last week, the temperatures aren't increasing. If anything they appear to be decreasing slightly.

Last week I mentioned a group 18,000 scientists who have signed a "Global Warming Petition" that denies this crisis scenario. So I recommend you go to the web site of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine to read the petition and check out the signatures and credentials of the scientists who signed it. The web site is: http://zwr.oism.org/pproject/.

Finally, check out the original predictions by NASA scientist James Hanson concerning global warming and plot those next to actual temperatures. I've seen these charts in a number of journals and magazines, but let me recommend an easy source to find: a column by chemists Arthur and Zachary Robinson that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on December 4, 1997.

You don't have to believe what I say. You can check it out for yourself and see what conclusion you draw from the data.

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