Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Gore Effect

Reading some blogs today, I was just introduced to a new term I hadn't heard before - "The Gore Effect".  Essentially, the concept is that wherever there is some large gathering to talk about global warming and climate change, there seems to be some unseasonably cold weather or there are huge snowfalls.  It started in '04 at a rally in New York where Al Gore spoke during one of the coldest days on record, and apparently the trend has continued since then.  The Gore Effect apparently struck again in Copenhagen during international climate talks, and a blizzard hits the East coast this weekend as President Obama flies back from the talks.

Obviously there is no scientific basis to the Gore Effect, and just because there are very cold days doesn't mean that global warming isn't true.  However, this sort of thing does serve as an embarrassing sidebar to the significantly more serious infractions of global warming "scientists" that have been in the news recently.

Whether global warming is scientifically proven - I don't know, but I suspect it can't be proven with the limited data we actually have.  Whether global warming is true despite being unproven - I don't know that either, but I do believe there is an very real impact to the Earth from deforestation and pollution.  But, what I do know for sure is that we didn't create this place where we live, but we were given dominion and stewardship of it by the one who did create it.  And while we should do everything we can to take care of it for future generations, it is folly to think that we have all the power over the Earth ourselves.  I believe the Gore Effect to be a good reminder of that, with a dash of God's sense of humor thrown in for good measure.