Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Killing The World to Console Our Conscience

PAPER: Global warming rage fuels global famine...

FOOD CRISIS: Global backlash building against ethanol fuels...

Both the NY Times and the Telegraph of London are carrying stories today chronicling the global outrage against global warming. In an attempt to "save our planet," the global warming crowd in our government has begun starving the population of our world. Of course, for the vehement global warming advocates, this should not be a concern because they blame overpopulation for much of the so-called global warming our planet is experiencing.

Christians in some areas have actually begun to practice global care as a form of religious activity, as though this were somehow redemptive in the eyes of God. As Christians, we must all remember to be good stewards of God's good creation, but the Bible speaks more about care of the poor than anything else. We have a responsibility to care for those who cannot care for themselves. Our government and the pseudo-science behind the global warming frenzy has made the decision for us that it is more important that we reduce emissions than that we feed the world.

The Telegraph reports:

The UN says it takes 232kg of corn to fill a 50-litre (about 13 gallons) car tank with ethanol. That is enough to feed a child for a year. Last week, the UN predicted "massacres" unless the biofuel policy is halted.

Our government might lead us to reduce our dependence upon foreign oil, but in doing so we will starve the rest of the world. It is time for Christians to stand up for what is right. The global warming crisis may or may not be real, but the crises that it's proponents have created is evident today. Rather than thank us for our "globally minded fuel changes," the NY Times reports:

But now a reaction is building against policies in the United States and Europe to promote ethanol and similar fuels, with political leaders from poor countries contending that these fuels are driving up food prices and starving poor people. Biofuels are fast becoming a new flash point in global diplomacy, putting pressure on Western politicians to reconsider their policies, even as they argue that biofuels are only one factor in the seemingly inexorable rise in food prices.

Admittedly, the food crisis is not an easy fix and the many variables are present, but one thing is certain according to C. Ford Runge, an economist at the University of Minnesota:

"Ethanol is the one thing we can do something about,” he said. “It’s about the only lever we have to pull, but none of the politicians have the courage to pull the lever."

It's time for Christians to be courageous and stand for the hurting and hungry in our world and to call on politicians to do the same thing.

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1 comment:

Charlie Wallace said...

Craig,

I agree that the global warming and "go green" emphasis can be a positive thing for our environment. Also, as Christians we should be good stewards to what God has given us.

However, the "go green" worship that is all over the news, television shows, and advertisements reminds me of a familiar passage in Romans:

"they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." (1:24-25)