Archive for August, 2011


Rising Sea Levels, Failing Shores and Heads in Global Sands, Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:59 AM
August 16, 2011

 Increasingly, scientists of various backgrounds weigh in on issues of Global Warming and end-time destruction.  Those from one interesting field, paleontology––the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils––now report that causes of total life extinction in prior earth history now closely resemble conditions threatening earth today:  release of methane, carbon dioxide and other potent greenhouse gases that had been trapped in sea floors into the atmosphere; rising ocean temperatures; extended volcanic activity heating up the atmosphere; rising sea levels and hotter seas, etc.

 In 1994 paleontologist Peter Ward published a book titled ‘The End of Evolution: A Journal in Search of Clues to the Third Mass Extinction Facing Earth.’  His prophetic text got very little attention from scholarly, scientific or environmental communities.  He followed that up last year with another volume that warned about pending mass extinctions entitled ‘The Flooded Earth: Our Future in A World Without Ice Caps.’  That one got a bit more attention because so much of the truth about Global Warming, climate change, melting glaciers and rising sea levels is before the eyes of any who care to observe.  As scientists now admit that the Third Mass Extinction may well loom upon the world, National Geographic includes Ward’s comments in its series, “Earth Under Water.”

 Brandon Keim reports in his recent wired.com article, “Scientists have raised the possibility that rising global temperatures could release trapped methane into the atmosphere, further raising temperatures and releasing more methane in a feedback loop of warming and planetary disruption. That’s apparently what happened during the end-Triassic extinction.”
 
 In their study, “Consequences of Climate Change on the Oceans,” the Climate Institute assert: “. . . even a seemingly small increase in sea level can have a dramatic impact on many coastal environments. Over 600 million people live in coastal areas that are less than 10 meters above sea level, and two-thirds of the world’s cities that have populations over five million are located in these at-risk areas.”  While the Institute carefully explains the impossibility of accurately estimating how long it will take ocean-levels to severely impact human populations, it concludes: “ . . . very large numbers of people in vulnerable locations are going to be forced to relocate. If relocation is delayed or populations do not evacuate during times when the areas are inundated by storm surges, very large numbers of environmental refugees are likely to result.”

 And yet national leaders feign sleepiness about Global Warming, the major cause of melting glaciers and rising sea levels.  But beware!  Bible prophecies explain:  “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29: 1).  It is time to wake them up!

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Rising Sea Levels, Failing Shores and Heads in Global Sands

posted by Jael Ever @ 15:01 PM
August 15, 2011

 In the last Good News Friday segment, this blog quoted business people and local bureaucrats, as they dismissed politicians who deny Global Warming as well as rising sea levels, said in effect, “This has nothing to do with politics, the ocean is rising and shore lines are being washed away before our eyes.”  Especially on the East Coast of the United States, land owners are using imported sand to reinforce shore lines.  Ocean scientists report that rising sea levels will not only affect those living along coast lines, but those who live inland as well. 

 In their report “Coastal Zones and Sea Level Rise,” the Environmental Protection Agency explains:  “Coastal zones are particularly vulnerable to climate variability and change. Key concerns include sea level rise, land loss, changes in maritime storms and flooding, responses to sea level rise and implications for water resources.”  EPA scientists state further of other vulnerabilities:  “Rising sea levels inundate wetlands and other low-lying lands, erode beaches, intensify flooding, and increase the salinity of rivers, bays, and groundwater tables. . . .  Coastal wetland ecosystems, such as salt marshes and mangroves are particularly vulnerable . . .”
 Increasing ocean levels soon affect everyone’s water.  As the report states,“Rising sea level increases the salinity of both surface water and ground water through salt water intrusion.”  The problem now on both the East and West Coasts, as rising sea levels push salty waters inland, especially during drought seasons, fresh water from rivers near ocean waters are increasingly infused with salt.  However, water managers usually release fresh water from reservoirs into water systems during dry seasons.  The problem now is that less water is being stored from shorter wet seasons and drought seasons are much longer.

 Of course, increasing storms and melting glaciers, especially in the polar regions––caused by Global Warming (i.e.  climate change)––are the the major causes for rising sea levels.  In their coming series, “Earth Under Water,” National Geographic Channel asserts, “Miami, New Orleans and New York City completely under water it’s a very real possibility if sea levels continue to rise. In Earth Under Water we’ll see these events unfold as leading experts forecast how mankind will be impacted if Global Warming continues.”  But, alas, political leaders in the United States, and around the world, continue to poke their heads in the sands of ever-eroding shores pretending to deny that Global Warming even exists.

 The Apostle John ends the Book of Revelation with a prayer, “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus (22: 20).” Christians should ever keep this prayer before God’s throne.  For if The Lord’s Return does not shorten these days of earth’s decline, feigned ignorance and outrageous arrogance will allow Global Warming to destroy all life on earth!

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Riots, Stock Markets and “Ignorance” of Global Warming

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:33 PM
August 11, 2011

 The riots in London, stock market fluctuations and the media’s assault on Global Warming––all make clear that a two-tier attention span radiates in the Western world and beyond.  National political and economic leaders, and the media outlets they generally control, insist upon running the world as though what the few of them want is alone important, that they alone know what is best for the “general” good, and that what they deem important is all that really matters––when in fact the opposite may well be true.

 One of the rioters in London remarked to a news reporter to the effect:  “Last week over two thousand of us marched in protest over our pitiful poverty, lack of jobs, and no hope for the future, and the media completely ignored our peaceful march.  But I bet you hear us now, don’t you?”  Why, as London’s media explodes with news over the fall of a newspaper baron, would the same media ignore a march of two thousand people?  Media moguls ignore such events because: 1) They hope to contain such protests to keep them from spreading; 2) They consider them insignificant in light of other events, such as stock market ups and downs; 3) They do what those in political and financial power want them to do.

 As Britain’s conservative government imposed new austerity measures in order to please financial analysis like Standard and Poor’s, it did so without regard for the millions of people who would be adversely affected.  As Nina Power of the Guardian explains?  “The policies of the past year may have clarified the division between the entitled and the dispossessed in extreme terms, but the context for social unrest cuts much deeper.” And now that the rioters have gotten the attention of the media and the world, the British Prime Minister threatens to cut off the internet’s social networks which seems to have allowed rioters to communicate.

 The same social unrest has swept across the Middle East where, despite their control of military and police forces, ruling families fall, as though societal foundations were crumbling away.  In Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, the internet has also been the people’s way of communicating what is important to them.  And urgent to people everywhere are the dreadful affects of Global Warming.  How much longer can governments and media expect to minimize the truth about Global Warming?  How much longer can they refuse to publicly connect the dots between extreme weather patterns, drought, famine, high human mortality rates, animal extinctions, melting ice poles, rising sea levels, etc.

 One of the most famous Bible prophecies is: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee . . .” (Hosea 4: 6a).  In other words, they didn’t know because they didn’t want to know.  And today, media and world leaders do not want to know about Global Warming.  Like the London riots, such feigned ignorance only leads to destruction!

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More People, Less Water; Hotter Global Warming, No Water, Part 3

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:46 AM
August 10, 2011

 Drought conditions have gotten so bad that the manager of  Big Spring, Texas, is going to use NASA’s system to recycle toilet water.  Texas relies on water from Lakes Buchanan, Travis and Mead all of which feed the lower Colorado River.  But 70 years ago, those lakes were created by damming that same River.  Now seven states––Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and California––along with Mexico, depend upon water from the Colorado River.  And that source of supply is quickly drying up.  The urgently important Lake Mead now has a water level that is down some 50 feet.  And, although the Colorado River’s water flow fluctuates, like Mead, its levels are battling drought conditions.
 
 Thus, the battle over water is on in the Southwest––and that includes water-hungry industries and vast agricultural farms that must have water for production.  And amid the uproar, some cities look for new sources of this most important liquid of life, including toilet recycling.   John Grant, District Manager of Big Spring, told Irene Klotz of Discovery News: “We’re taking treated effluent (wastewater), normally discharged into a creek, and blending it with (traditionally supplied potable) water.”  He adds that this system will speed up the natural process of discharged water flowing through wetlands.  But cities in New Mexico and California have been stressing water conservation and high water taxes for some time, and they may now double down for more.  

 Michael Milstein, revealed in Popular Mechanics magazine that the seven states that depend on the Colorado River funded a study in 2008 for solutions to the water shortage problem.  They are now studying ways to implement some of the five major recommendations:  1) Building desalination plants for use in California, allowing Las Vegas to use more of the Colorado River water; 2) Constructing pipelines to run water from the Pacific Northwest; 3) Using tanker ships to import water from Alaska to California and the Southwest; 4) Killing salt-cedar plants and trees that can drink up 200 gallons of water a day; 5) Conservation programs, including storage of overflows from storms, and limiting industrial use of water in power plants and mass agriculture, while treating agricultural industrial wastewater to make it potable.

 Bible prophecies make clear that water is a symbol of the presence of God’s Holy Spirit among a people.  Several Bible verses indicate that lack of abundant water should be interpreted as God’s presence receding.  One of the best known verses is Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”  Politics, technology or vacuous public praying cannot substitute for the presence of God in a country’s life.  As this site has stated before, now is the time for “fall on one’s face” repentance prayers for God’s mercy.

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More People, Less Water; Hotter Global Warming, No Water, Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:33 PM
August 9, 2011

 While it is not broadcast in most major media outlets, in some parts of the Southwestern United States, drought conditions are worse than the famed Dust Bowl of the 1930s.  Like poisons bringing slow death, these drought conditions will eventually affect the nation’s economy, much of its social life, and exacerbate its often hidden dwindling supply of water.  And amidst continuing political hoopla, there is no mention of coming catastrophes, or solutions to prevent them.

        A month ago, the American Geophysical Union stated:  “72% of Texas is now in exceptional drought and the long range weather pattern is looking very dry and hot. If you include Oklahoma, and the other South Central states, then nearly 50% of the region is now at the most extreme drought stage.”  And it has only gotten worse since that report.

 Because this summer’s heat wave has destroyed agricultural output in states from Florida to Arizona, it is having a calamitous affect on the nation’s economy.
Andrew Freedman writes in The Washington Post, “The drought has cost the struggling U.S. economy upward of $1.5 billion and counting, largely from agricultural impacts.”  There has already been a tremendous selloff of cattle, because ranchers simply do not have available water to keep them alive.  Across the region, wheat, corn, cotton and other crops are severely affected.  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, reports that “More than 2 million acres of Texas farmland have been abandoned due to the exceptional dryness.”  CNN says that seven other states are 85% abnormally dry.  Thus food prices will rise this fall and winter, but there will affects will also be seen around the world.

 Plans for summer vacation spots are also canceled due to this weather.  The New York Times reports that fishing tournaments are now canceled in Florida and Mississippi because water levels are just too low.  And in Georgia, fish and wildlife officials are pumping water back into creeks to keep two species of mussels from going into extinction.  Meanwhile, Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma, has banned outdoor burning throughout the state, including “campfires, bonfires, fireworks and setting fire to trash, grass, woods or other materials outdoors.”

 On the other hand, Reuters says “The persistent drought in the south comes even as too much rain has been falling to the north. . . . Heavy rains and a deep melting snowpack from a snowy winter have led to historic water levels . . .”  While these exceptional weather patterns are tied to man-made Global Warming, another reason coincides:  God is speaking to the United States.  Bible prophecies state:  “. . . I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered” (Amos 4: 7).  If this nation is to repent at all, it is time for urgent prayer!

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More People, Less Water; Hotter Global Warming, No Water, Part 1

posted by Jael Ever @ 14:32 PM
August 8, 2011

 While no one was looking, and without knowledgeable national or regional planning, foresight or attention, immigrant arrivals have given the United States the fourth fastest growing population in the world.  No one admits it in national media, but now, like China and India, this country has a population of over 300 million people.  But apparently the politicians who arranged the welcoming committee, did not ask an urgent question:  “Where will the water come from to support even present populations, much less newcomers?” While they encouraged this rapid growth, did these same political and corporate leaders not realize the great reduction in rainfall in the last ten years?  Did they not recognize that the same corporate practices producing Global Warming, with its constantly rising temperatures, would also affect available water supplies for everyone? 

 Kathleen Parker in her November 2010 report for the Center for Immigration Studies, informs her readers: “The Southwest is the fastest growing region in the United States, the world’s fourth-fastest-growing nation.”  The problem, she concludes, the newcomers are flocking to cities––i.e. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, etc.  And most of these cities––which depend upon few natural  sources for water, such as the Colorado River, and which have temperatures in the hundreds this summer––do not have sustainable water supplies.  And researchers indicate that these weather patterns will get far worse before they get better.

 In his article “Mega-drought Threat to U.S. Southwest,” Quirin Schiermeier explains that while the Dust Bowl drought in the 1930s only lasted seven years, scientific research indicates that “mega-droughts” were recurring in that region thousands of years ago, but they were always followed by cooling off periods.  However, none of those times of droughts were caused by man-made Global Warming.  Thus he concludes:  “This time around, rising greenhouse-gas concentrations driven by human activity will very likely override any natural cooling trend.”  Without rain and cooler weather, water sources continue drying up.

 Even the New York Times which seems to avoid “news” discussions of Global Warming, admit that weather anomalies in 2011 have been extraordinary disastrous.  In his “opinion” editorial,  “Drought:  A Creeping Disaster,” Alex Prud’Homme writes:  “Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and other extreme weather have left a trail of destruction during the first half of 2011. But this could be just the start to a remarkable year of bad weather. Next up: drought.”  Scientists warn that the results of other disasters can be easily measured, but not drought.  It creeps upon its victims like a python; and its strangle holds take years of life away.

 Well do Bible prophecies insist, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: . .  .” (Proverbs 29: 18).  Unless the leaders of this nation quickly develop wisdom and vision from God, and for God, this great nation, indeed could perish!

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Wind Power: Fastest Growing Energy Source in the U.S.?

posted by Jael Ever @ 16:31 PM
August 5, 2011

 While Congress dithers on debt deals, Stock Markets around the world sink, horrible famine continues to triumph in Somalia, and wars spiral unending in the Middle East, now is the time for some better news.  This good news Friday celebrates Wind Energy Power in the United States.  As wind power takes hold in this country it is:  Providing additional income for farmers and other land holders; Reducing dependence upon fossil fuels; and Adding tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars to the U.S. economy.  And, perhaps the best good news––all of this is taking place “under the radar,” away from public glare that would allow opportunist politicians to jump in and demand “cuts in spending.”

 According to Wikipedia:  “As of the first quarter of 2011, the cumulative installed capacity of wind power in the United States was 41,400 megawatts (MW), making it second in the world behind China.”  They also report that this surge in wind projects “boost local tax bases, and revitalize the economy of rural communities . . . .”  This year, there are over 5,600 wind power projects under construction in this country.  Here are just a few examples:

     Google invested $ 100 million dollars to work with General Electric and two Japanese companies in building a massive wind farm in Oregon that will produce 845 megawatts.  That is enough energy for 235,000 homes, while cutting down about 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide per year from the atmosphere.  To be completed next year, the farm’s energy will be sold to Southern California.

 Also in Ohio, the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) will build the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes, a $ 100 million dollar project that will produce 20 megawatts by 2013.  LEEDCo hopes that this is the start of a wind power supply chain around the Great Lakes region.

 Thinking ahead, Kansas leadership passed a Renewable Energy Standard demanding that 20 percent of the state’s energy must come from renewable sources in the next nine years.  The 2009 legislation also included up to $ 5 million in bond financing for approved projects, as well as elimination of property taxes on new business machinery equipment, income tax credits, sales tax exemptions, and new Wind Energy Technician college training with generous financial aid support.

 In Massachusetts, Interior Department Secretary, Ken Salazar announced the Cape Wind Energy Project Nantucket Sound.  According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, the project will include: “130 3.6± megawatt wind turbine generators, . . . to be arranged in a grid pattern offshore Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket Island.  Numerous Bible prophecies in Proverbs demand of leaders:  “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (4: 7).”  Let us thank God for leaders who avoid dirty politics and use wisdom to do their jobs.

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Can’t Ya’lls Do Somthang To Shut Her Up?

posted by Maybellyne Markee @ 10:59 AM
August 4, 2011

Jude gets a call from his long forgotten cousin, Maybellyne.

 Maybellyne:  Hello Jude!  This is yoush cousin Maybellyne Markee.  How’s ya been?  I’s been wantn’ to call ya. Somethang’s truly botherin’ me. 

 Jude:  I’ve been o.k. Mabel.  How’s ya been?  What ken I do’s for you?

 Maybellyne:  Say listen Jude, don’t ya en them peoples ya pray with read this shyre woman calls herself Jael on Earth End––New Beginning?

 Jude:  Yes em’ that’s the truth.  We’s prays fer her and reads her eber day.

 Maybellyne:  Wells cyn’t youse peoples do sumethang to shut her up? All she dues all da time es put fears in peoples and droons on en on bout des en thyt.

 Jude:  But, but Maybellyne Jael’s only try’n to warn peoples ‘bout . . .

 Maybellyne:  But nuthin’ Jude.  Listen yhar I likes mah life and mah wyrldly  playures just like they es, en ain’t nothin changin’ it, so she ken stop droonin’ on en on bout this yhar Globle Warmin’ stuff.  It ain’t nottun but thes’ sun, dat’s all tis to it!

 Jude:  Jael’s jus tryen to git peoples to see the truth afore its too late.

 Maybellyne:  Truth smoyt!  Mines dadde tole me da truth yars ago.  En it sticks wid me tadey!  Ain’t nothin’ changin’ he sey.  Dis world gonna ‘main till kengdum cum!  Came on now Jude, dat’s da gospel truth and ya knows it. I tells ya, ain’t nothin’ changing.  So dis yhar Jael peirson, women, whoeber it is, hed best stop tryin’ da scarey folk talkin ‘bout weathar changings en stuffs.

 Jude:  Maybellyne Cen’t ya just tell da truths tha’ its hotter now en yours hollow thin’ its ebber ben?  Cen’t ya see what happenen’ cross da country?

 Maybellyne:  Well jumpin je frogs!  My pappy tole me it was just dis hot back en 1793, en his dadde tole him. Dat sun jus’ gonna shine! Dat’s all it is!

 Jude:  I’s tryin’ to bes calm wit ya Mabel but dis yshar es imposibl.  Ya jes won’t face da truth.  It ain’t ne’re ben thes hot afore, en eben more, ets gonna git hotter.  En des shar worse strongess ternados en hurrcans eber, don’t ya know dat?

 Maybellyne: Da’s jes weber! Des jes storms! En tain’t nothen nyws bout it!

 Jude:  Does ya read da newspapers or dat thar internet? We does all da time!
En we nos’ Jael tellin’ da truth.  We’s chack’d up on des stuff on ours own!  Listen!

 Maybellyne:  Nope tain’t listen’ to no more dis shar foolishness!  I go now!

 Jude:  Ok. Ok. afore ya hang up, will ya just come to our’s party des month?
Me en John en da girls, we gets ours neighbors plus size Christian t-shirts, en we’s opens da hydrants fer da kids en play dodge balls, en we’s cook all kinds o’ food!

 Maybellyne:  Sounds lak lots o’ fun.  Is dat thar Jael gonna come, en thems prayen women news people?  En thems I.E. Plexus peoples, Taryn en them?

 Jude:  Yep!  Membor dat thar Bibles verse: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”
(Proverbs 18:24).  Us Christians brothern en sistars must love more en da last days!

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Troubled Seas Soon to Cast Japan’s Trash Onto U.S. Shores

posted by Jael Ever @ 13:43 PM
August 3, 2011

 As if the United States does not have enough trash, plastics and every other kind of debris floating in world oceans, this country will soon receive millions of pieces of useless fragments coming across the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s tsunami last March.  Oceanographers suggests the floods of trash from that rather radioactive island will hit Hawaii by next spring, and the shores of the west coast a year later.  But the environmental nightmare doesn’t end there. Scientists expect the massive undulating mess to return to this country two or three times over subsequent years.

 Because there is already more trash floating on ocean waters than anyone knows how to discard,scientists are trying to figure out what to do with this new patch that will spew refuge from Baja California to Alaska.  Professors Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner, scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, reported the expected arrival of the floating debris assault.  Maximenko authenticated his knowledge of Pacific Ocean currents by telling governments exactly where they would find the well-known North Pacific Garbage Patch, which is now twice the size of Texas.

 Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer told Paul Rogers of mercurynews.com:  “We are going to see boats, parts of homes, lots of plastic bottles, chair cushions, kids’ toys, everything.”  He estimates that the humongous pile of trash “is moving east at roughly 10 miles a day, and is spread over an area about 350 miles wide and 1,300 miles long–an area roughly the size of California.” So California will be run over with a pile of garbage that is the size of California?

 Several government agencies––including the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. State Department––are meeting to plan reaction strategy.  Meanwhile, Japan faces additional trash problems.  Aaron Teasdale writes:  “The tsunami and earthquake resulted in 24 million metric tons of debris, which represents roughly half of Japan’s annual trash output.”  Thus, Japan also has to figure out what to do with all that trash!

 Japan’s continuing tragedy still affects all the earth, and it is indicative of flawed thinking in post-modern society.  Why do today’s lifestyles demand disposable materials?  Why are economies based on continuously buying the new and discarding the used? When will it dawn on world leaders that earth and oceans will soon have no more dumping space?  Isaiah writes about “the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” (57: 20).  West coast residents had best don wholesale Christian t-shirts and enjoy what clean beaches they can find, because soon the troubled sea will cast up its mire and dirt!

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The Politics of Denial and Arctic Drilling for Oil and Gas, Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 13:43 PM
August 2, 2011

The last blog mentioned that there is considerable public resistance to the idea of drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic seabed. In addition to the Native American tribesmen who share concerns about the drilling’s effect on the fish and sea mammals that comprise their livelihoods, Greenpeace and other activists rail greatly against any drilling projects. Nevertheless the political push to begin the drilling continues. And that push excellerates despite the fact that ice on the Arctic pole is melting faster than scientists predicted, and that this melting releases even more dangerous greenhouse methane gas into the atmosphere than is already there.

Moreover Greenpeace activists argue that drilling in the Arctic far exceeds the dangers involved in British Petroleum’s (BP) blowout spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. Greenpeace blogger jhocevar insists: “The truth is that Shell’s [Shell Oil Company] plans in Alaska are even riskier than BP’s. The likelihood of a blowout is higher. . . oil spill “clean-up” in this harsh, remote environment is impossible. The nearest Coast Guard station is a thousand miles away.” This April Greenpeace seized the Leiv Eiriksson, a ship owned by Cairn Energy, a Greenland company. Calling the ship “a clear and present danger to the pristine arctic environment,” as they spectacularly boarded the ship, the resisters argued that it’s attempt to drill four new exploratory wells “at staggering depth of around 1500m” is beyond risky: “Freezing temperatures, severe weather and a highly remote location pose unprecedented challenges to any oil spill response in the Arctic and mean a spill would be impossible to contain and clean up.”

But such protesters are at odds with political agendas in this and other nations. Even before the Interior Department’s Report on Arctic drilling issued last week, Congress was putting pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to allow Arctic drilling to proceed. According to Jerry Beilinson’s article in Popular Mechanics, “On June 22, the day before the study was made public, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would impose a six-month timeline on the Environmental Protection Agency to approve or deny offshore drilling proposals, and exempt these permits from oversight by the EPA’s review panel, the Environmental Appeals Board.” In other words, as stated in the last blog, some politicians plan for drilling in the Arctic to begin no matter what environmentalists, government agency reports, Native Americans or anyone else says.

New Testament Christian messages chides idolaters for idolizing animals: “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen” (Romans 1: 25). Never did it enter the Apostles’ minds that instead of worshiping the polar bears, whales, walruses, seals, porcupine caribou, musk oxen, etc. living in the Arctic, men would kill them to obtain this new god called oil! And this is progress?

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