Climate Cycle, Not Climate Change

Dennis Bailey Dennis Bailey

While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease.  Genesis 8:22

My apologizes to all you summer sun worshipers, but I love fall. And even though we haven’t reached the official start of autumn (astronomical fall doesn’t arrive until September 21st), meteorological fall began on September 1st, catapulting me into an exceptionally good mood. It was an unusually hot and dry summer here in central Virginia, but with the latest monthly turn of the calendar our temperatures have dropped to a very comfortable 70s/50s daily transition. Yep, we are experiencing a true period of climate change.

Speaking of which, don’t be surprised if the recent visits of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the continental U.S. results in the commencement of drum beating from the “climate change” crowd. There’s nothing like back to back natural disasters to stoke the fires of paranoia from those to whom Chicken Little is a seminal icon.

But Dennis, don’t you believe in man-made climate change? My answer is always the same. “No, I believe in God.” Nine times out of ten, I receive a look of incredulity from the questioner, which invariably invokes from me the following response. In His infinite wisdom, God provided oil and coal deposits within the earth for us to find, and to use those deposits to the betterment of mankind. Too many people overlook the gift of freedom of mobility that God gave to us through the use of oil and the development of the combustible gasoline engine. Without them, we’d all be riding horses or bicycles and having to live close to big cities. And there certainly wouldn’t be anything as advanced as air travel.

Yes, I think this verse from Genesis provides all the guidance we need regarding the change of seasons and the climate. Those who put their faith in climate change theory would do well to remember this: God gave us the 10 Commandments, and one of them is not, “Thou shalt not use fossil fuels.”