Friday, January 25, 2019

Experts Agree

                “Global Oil Gut” read the headline. Crude oil prices are falling yet again and producers like Saudi Arabia are scrambling to stem the tide. Wasn’t it well over 40 years ago when the “oil crisis” had experts telling us that this was the new normal, that the world was running out of oil, a non-renewable resource? Yes, the experts agreed.
                Funny, wasn’t it at roughly the same time scientists and climatologists were issuing grave warnings about global cooling and nuclear winter.  Yes, the experts agreed.
                And today the “experts agree” (and AOC, too!) that “the science is settled,” we’re all going to fry due to global warming. Any real scientist will admit that (the) science is never “settled”…by definition. In fact, that is the only thing we can say with scientific certainty. Scientists are not gods, they are not seers, they are not infallible. If they were, they wouldn’t need to follow the “scientific method.”
                The Earth is a spherical mass of green and blue, land and water somehow perfectly held together in the midst of an endless void, a Black Sea of lifelessness. It is an oasis in a vast cosmic vacuum.
                And it is remarkably resilient.
                We did not design our planet. We did not put the oil in the ground, nor make the things that made the oil. We don’t control the climate. We did not create ourselves.
                Ironically, the less we believe in a true Creator, the more we believe we are all-powerful.

                Al Gore rants.

                God smirks.
   These are the days by the sparkling river
   And His timely grace and the treasured find
   This is the love of the one great magician
   Turned the water into wine

   (Van Morrison)

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