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Save the Planet, Reject the Child?—Cizik Launches Family Planning Campaign to Fight Global Warming

by E. Calvin Beisner, Founder and National Spokesman, The Cornwall Alliance

As Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, Rev. Richard Cizik caused controversy by fighting relentlessly but unsuccessfully to bring evangelicals on board with the battle against anthropogenic global warming and supporting same-sex unions. The former generated energetic criticisms from other evangelical leaders, who insisted Cizik didn’t speak for them. Some even urged NAE to dismiss him. The latter led to his resignation from NAE in December, 2008—after which he went to work first for liberal media mogul, environmentalist, and population-control advocate Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation, then for atheist, globalist, crony-capitalist George Soros’s Open Society Institute, and then founded The New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good—heavily funded by his friends on the Left.

Now Cizik has rocked the boat afresh, calling for increasing access to contraceptives around the world. Why? To protect women and reduce abortion rates, population growth, and, ultimately, global warming.

In “Family planning is both godly and green,” first published March 12 and quickly picked up by publications around the world, Cizik wrote, “Speaking on the environment at the World Bank a few years ago, I was asked why people of faith won't address population issues. ‘We've begun to address climate change,’ I replied, ‘and sooner or later, we'll have to talk honestly about population. But it's very controversial.’ Afterwards someone sent an email to evangelical leaders accusing me of support for ‘population control,’ such as China's ‘one-child’ policy. Completely false, but it happened.”

… Cizik wrote, “… when women have the power to plan their families, populations grow more slowly, as do greenhouse gas emissions. Providing modern contraception to all women who want it would reduce essential carbon emissions by 8–15 percent.” Not only would “family planning” reduce population growth and so greenhouse gas emissions, but also “the cost … is small compared with other carbon emission reduction strategies—about $3.7 billion annually.”

What’s nice is that Cizik admits that $3.7 billion a year is “small compared with other carbon emission reduction strategies.” For once a climate alarmist admits the costs of mitigation! And indeed $3.7 billion a year is a small fraction of the hundreds of trillions it would cost to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2050—all to achieve an immeasurably small reduction in global average temperature a century from now that would have no ecological benefits while the economic costs would likely generate more deaths than the mitigation prevented. If we count people only as “carbon footprints,” not as the imago Dei with dignity and brimming with potential to bless each other, perhaps Cizik’s argument makes sense.

What’s not nice is that (a) Cizik seems unaware that population shrinkage, not population growth, will be the major threat of this and probably at least the next one or two centuries, and, (b) Cizik thinks curbing population growth to reduce global warming would be a good thing. …

If Cizik’s discussion lacks scientific foundation, it doesn’t make up for it with Biblical basis. He appealed only once to Scripture (Genesis 2:15), and only to support the noncontroversial idea of caring for the Earth. And in citing that verse, he neglected that it applied not to the whole Earth but to the Garden of Eden.

Additionally, he neglected another verse that he might have found a little less comfortable, . . . [Read the rest.]

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Tips for Earth Stewards

Simple things you can do to make the earth more fruitful, beautiful, and safe.

There are many types of paper, each with unique problems for recycling. High-gloss magazine paper has too many chemicals to be worth recycling. Just pitch it. Office paper, newspaper, cardboard, and other simple papers can be recycled efficiently—yielding net benefit to the environment. If you work in an office, there is almost assuredly a recycling bin for paper—use it, even if it takes a few extra minutes per day. Recycled paper can be used as new paper, cardboard, or compost. Recycling saves energy (40%), time, water, and money. It is most effective in places where paper is used in high volume, like offices or classrooms. Paper manufacturing can, if not done carefully, emit some harmful chemicals, but it need not cause net harm. Recycling does not “saving trees,” since trees, like wheat and corn, are a renewable crop; 91 percent of those milled into paper are cultivated, not taken from natural forests, and if the market price of natural forests were to rise, that percentage would rise, too.

Save the Date: First Annual Fellowship Dinner

Friday, April 20, 2012, Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church, VA

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
Dr. Grudem has served on the Cornwall Alliance’s Board of Advisors from its start in 2005. He has written more than 100 articles and edited and authored numerous books. His most recent, Politics—According to the Bible, includes an outstanding chapter on the theology, ethics, science, and economics of environmental stewardship.

Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., Dinner follows at 7:15 p.m.
Register at http://www.ministrysync.com/event/home.php?e=4205.

Fun Facts for the Week

Shale Gas Hyperbole Shows Our Lack of Institutional Memory (Dr. Frank Clemente/Energy-Facts.org, February 15, 2012)
“Over the years 2000-2010, global coal consumption increased almost 2,300 million metric tons or 50%. During the current decade coal use will expand at least another 25% (1,700 million tons) … Over the past century, coal has contributed more than any other fuel to making the benefits of electricity available ... By 2010, over 5.5 billion people had at least some access to electricity—and 40% of that power came from coal.” Hyper efficient coal powered electricity plants are coming online with peak efficiencies of 45% (40% less CO2 than currently emitted). Coal is our energy workhorse; it works when dams are dry, when it’s cloudy, when there’s insufficient wind.

Recent Significant Developments

Economics & Energy

Big Lies on Big Oil (David Limbaugh/Townhall.com, March 14, 2012)
The left complains that America uses a disproportionate amount of oil, having only 2-3% of the world’s proven reserves, but using 25% of total annual oil. “That definition excludes many oil reserves that Obama has declared off-limits … 1.4 trillion barrels of oil … with existing technology. The largest deposits are located offshore. So the United States has more recoverable oil than the rest of the non–North American world combined.” Furthermore, in economic terms, America ought to be congratulated for buying all the oil that apparently other nations can’t or won’t use and giving those countries something they do want—money.

A Little Pollution Saves Lives (Dr. Roy Spencer, March 7, 2012)
Long repining for the day when there is “no pollution,” environmentalists, via the Environmental Protection Agency, would do well to redefine pollution, and remember that some pollution saves lives. How clean is clean enough? When getting cleaner reduces rather than enhances human health and longevity.

Religion & Ethics

Explosive Pachauri Profile in Australian Magazine (Donna Laframboise/No Frakking Consensus, March 2, 2012)

Turnaround is fair play. Since the climate alarmism community seeks to denigrate qualified scientists for their skepticism of climate alarmism it is interesting to consider the qualifications of the man leading alarmists. The title of Laframboise’s book “The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World’s Top Climate Expert” speaks volumes. So does a look at IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri’s qualifications: he’s an economist and industrial engineer, not a climate scientist.

Christian Theology of Stewardship and Sacred Relationship Between God, Humans, and Creation is Essential to Healing the Earth (Eslkevin's Blog, March 2, 2012)
Sojourner’s, a Left-wing think-tank, continues to claim that the well-being of an inanimate object, the earth, supersedes the well-being of men. That is a false dichotomy. The earth benefits from man’s stewardship; nature is not pristine on its own, but rather fallen and in need of man’s care. The Evangelical Environmental Network is not far behind, having created weekly devotionals for Lent on doing no harm to the environment, an impossible charge.

Law, Regulation, & Litigation

The High Priests of Eco-Destruction (Michelle Malkin/Townhall.com, February 22, 2012)

“Scrutiny of the White House anti-science brigade couldn't come at a better time.” Jon Jarvis, for example, head of the National Park Service, was accused of 21 counts of scientific fraud while acting as regional director. His actions negatively affected important Californian industry. Of course Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, is the cream of the crop when it comes to corrupt politico-scientists; he has, with Carol Browner, presented biased reports with a view to ban off-shore drilling, for which he has been subpoenaed. Issues with the California Delta Smelt, dams in Siskiyou, Oregon, add to his deserved title of “high-priest of eco-destruction.” More here.

How Obama’s Energy Policy Will Kill Jobs (Thomas Hemphill and Mark Perry/The American, March 8, 2012)
“The oil and natural gas industry, one of the strongest job-creating sectors of the U.S. economy, has been unfavorably targeted by President Obama’s proposed 2013 fiscal year federal budget. To start with, Obama is proposing, for the fourth consecutive year, to repeal Section 199 of the ‘American Jobs Creation Act.’ If enacted, this selectively punitive treatment would increase taxes on oil and natural gas companies by almost $12 billion over the next decade.” President Obama is also proposing the repeal of other tax breaks, write-offs, deductions, and business expenses regardless of the cost to the company as an investment.

Politics & Debate

R&D Budget and Policy Program (AAAS)

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has released the 2012 federal budget’s expenditures for climate research. The total is $19.7 billion with some large recipients being “US Global Change Research Program ($2.6 B), NOAA ($3.6 B), NASA ($1.8 B), NSF ($2.5 B) and the Department of Energy ($8.5 B).” The report, chapter 15, is here (pay subscription).

Poland Opposes EU Environment Ambition (Gariela Baczynska and Barbara Lewis/Reuters, March 7, 2012)

Poland may break rank with the EU by vetoing a proposed carbon reduction by 2050. This comes as no surprise since Poland has just started to produce its own energy by hydraulic fracturing, and its economy is growing.

Is The Fight Against Global Warming Alarmism Hopeless? (Dr. Roy Spencer, February 26, 2012)
“Is the fight against global warming alarmism hopeless? It can seem so. The long-term threat to humanity comes from fears that carbon dioxide, which is necessary for life on Earth to exist, will lead to damaging energy policies, which kill perhaps millions of poor people around the world each year.” But there is a two-fold hope. Market forces constantly reject “green” energy, making it plain that the market is superior, and capable of handling environmental issues. The other hope is time. All environmentalists need do to be shown as frauds is keep talking, and all skeptics need do is stall them and wait for the “doomsday clock” to run out a few more times.

Food & Agriculture

Global Warming Implications of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Inputs Into the Environment (De Vries et al./NIPCC, February 28, 2012)
Environmentalists claim reactive nitrogen compounds, theorized to come mostly from fertilizers, are increasing the greenhouse gas effect in the earth’s atmosphere. But countering evidence shows that while there is increased nitrogen, and it can cause warming, it also increases plant and microbe metabolism. In turn, plants and microbes are more efficient at photosynthesis, thus drawing carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, negating the effect of increased nitrogen.

Science & Ecology

The Roman Warm Period vs. The Current Warm Period (Chen, et al./NIPCC, February 29, 2012)
"Frisia et al. (2005) conclude that the 'Roman Classical Period' temperatures were similar or slightly higher than those of today … and they state that the relatively high temperatures reconstructed during the Roman Period ‘are consistent with a reduced glacier extent in the Alps’ …. In addition, they state that based on pollen records in Georgia, ‘a maximum phase of warming in the Holocene is reconstructed between 100 BC and AD 200.’ Given such findings, at least with respect to the southern region of Italy, it would appear that the relatively high temperatures of today are not unique."

UAH Global Temperature Update for February 2012: -0.12 deg. C (Dr. Roy Spencer, March 2, 2012
"The global average lower tropospheric temperature anomaly cooled a little more in February, 2012, again not unexpected for the current La Nina conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean."

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Landmark Documents from the Cornwall Alliance

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., Founder and National Spokesman
Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation

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