Richard T. Fowler

Offering Christian and Christ-centered commentary about climate- and energy-related issues.

A Consistent Message — A.D. 2015/05/27

As a Christian who has studied the Bible most of my life , and has received much insight about its meaning through prayer , contemplation , and good-faith effort to understand , I know that the Bible in its original manuscripts is completely self-consistent or internally consistent . I also know that it is completely , 100% true . I do not subscribe to the doctrine that every single passage has a literal truth to it ; some are only metaphorical or figurative . But most passages are both — they have both a literal and a figurative meaning , and both are 100% true and 0% false .

The Lord calls on all of us to be the same way with our own lives , including in all of our actions and in all our statements . Those who’ve been delivered to Christ through the permanent rebirth that is occasioned by their 100% belief with no doubt remaining in their mind or heart (because they have tested the truth of the Word and have found it to be true and good) , have an innate understanding of this above-mentioned expectation of us , since such an understanding is a prerequisite for the deliverance .

One of the main goals of this blog , ab initio has always been to try to spur readers to the next level , i.e. from extensive online talk and analysis and , in many cases , outrage , to constructive and meaningful action in response to the new understanding we’ve developed about the climate and/or energy hoaxes . This is something that has always been sorely lacking in all that I’ve read about the subject at other blogs . (It hasn’t always been absent , but it’s always been lackingĀ  or , to put it another way , falling short of the mark .)

This lack is an inconsistency in our messaging . Consistency demands that if we come into a situation with high expectations of those we are critiquing , that we be prepared to follow through with some kind of action if those expectations are not met . For if we were never prepared to do that , what was the point of analyzing and critiquing in the first place ? Surely it wasn’t in the hope of convincing the hoaxers to voluntarily give up their jobs and their ill-gotten gains . Nor was it in the hope that conservative (or conservative-leaning) elected officials will voluntarily take it upon themselves to make these things happen on their own .

No , for the sake of consistency , it could never have been that !

For the sake of consistency , it had to have been no less than this : the formation of one or more organizations (could be PACs , but don’t necessarily have to be) dedicated to the objective of taking actions with the intention of causing those officials to do those things which they would never have voluntarily decided to do absent substantial pressure on them .

There’s More to Being a Climate Realist than Speeding Up Drilling

Climate realists can be defined as those of us who accept that the effect of CO2 on temperature is not settled , and/or is less of an effect than is generally claimed by professional “science” .

Many, if not most , of us also believe that the effect of CO2 is small enough that global temperatures are in fact falling perceptibly even as CO2 levels rise rapidly .

There will be many presidential candidates who will court our vote by :

1) claiming there is misrepresentation about the state of the current knowledge , and
2) affirming that they will support lots more drilling as the solution to the problem .

They may also decide to take a strong position in favor of more new nuclear energy projects .

Now it is obvious that we need more drilling , and will continue to need more drilling for a good length of time . And it is also clear that some more nuclear projects will be needed , if a way can be found to make them happen more economically . But these candidates who adopt this strategy for responding to people’s “climate” concerns are side-stepping the issue .

The real issues are twofold : 1) reversing the fraud , and 2) what the real data imply for our climate and CO2 policies . We should be very careful not to let ourselves get talked out of focusing on these two things . They are the real issue . Drilling is a foregone conclusion for conservative candidates (as well as for fake conservative candidates) . So is more nuclear .

Anyone can support these things even if they still want massive carbon taxes , even if they still want draconian mandatory {{cuts}} in CO2 emissions , even if they still want the research fraud to continue , even if they want a new wave of record subsidies for wind , solar , etc.

So one of the purposes of a strong and well-organized national movement for climate realism is to make sure that conservative (and “conservative”) candidates understand that the things they’ve been offering as solutions are insufficient , and thus , by themselves , are Not Acceptable .

We have to try to make them understand that if that’s all they have or all they want to pursue , they will receive a failing grade from us on climate and energy policies .

If you are a climate realist , please consider leaving a comment indicating whether you agree or disagree , and your reasons . Thank you .

– RT

HSR : High-Speed Ruin

California has begun to construct their massive high-speed rail (HSR) system using federal grants as part of their funding mix .

Their #1 stated goal in constructing and operating this massive system is to ‘mitigate climate change’ .

That being the case , and considering how much their profligate “solution” will affect the rest of us , they should be required to meet a new condition in order to get more federal funding for the “solution” .

The condition is that the Californians should be required to power their HSR system using only wind and solar , and the wind and solar power used must have been produced without any federal subsidies .

If they are held to this standard , they will not be able to run their trains , and they may eventually be forced to admit their error of judgement in claiming to have had a working solution to the problem of energy sustainability — and also to the fake “problem” of CO2 emissions .

RTF

Blog Circulation Report — A.D. 2015/05/06

(A brief introductory note : when I speak of ecclesial years below , I start these on the 1st of 3d Month , a/k/a 1 March .)

Thank you, all my supportive readers , for helping give me over 3,000 views in 3 1/2 years including about 2,750 in my only ~11 months of active blogging . I’ve thus far tried to emphasize quality over quantity of ideas , partly due to time constraints . So I wasn’t expecting to have many thousands of views by now , and in fact I was surprised to have found that I’d hit 3,000 so soon .

(To my detractors , you can laugh or mock all you want to , but my goal has always been to optimize , not eyeballs , but the amount of insight and intellectual breakthrough . The two are often in conflict with each other , and I knowingly limit one in order to raise up the other .)

At the present rate of circulation (based on the first two months & six days of the ecclesial year), this year will be a record-breaker for me . This is highly significant because :
1. My current record ecclesial year was EY 2011 (my first year of blogging), even though the blog was online for barely two months of that year .
2. It looks like the present ecclesial year is on track to almost double that record . If that happens , I’ll be over 5,000 total views by the end of the year on 2016/02/29.

Here are a few statistics for any who are interested . (I’m interested , so I’m posting them !) I use visitor-years rather than unique visitors , simply because that’s all that WordPress gives me .

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Visitor-months, 2014/06 – 2015/05 : 173 (195 if 5th Month is prorated.)
Cumulative visitor-years since inception : 295

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Views by Ecclesial Year (Year starts 1st of 3d Month)

2011 … 1,237 [1]
2012 ….. 760
2013 ….. 165
2014 ….. 487
2015 ….. 458 [2]

1 – Only about two months
2 – Only two months , six days

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The following data are since blog inception :

TOTAL VIEWS …………… 3,107
– – Views per Visitor-Year … 10.5

VISITOR COMMENTS …………. 89
– – Views / Visitor Comment .. 34.9

COMMENTING VISITORS [1] …… 11
– – Visitor-Years per
– – Commenting Visitor ……. 26.8

1 – A visitor who comments in more than one year is counted once per year .

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The following figures are based on estimated views for the ~11 months the blog was active :
Views/month : 250
Views/week : 58

Paul on Judgement

“But he who is spiritual judges all things”

I Corinthians 2:15

“Let the prophets speak two or three , and let the other judge”

I Corinthians 14:29

“For the love of Christ constrains us ; because we thus judge , that if one die for all , then were all dead : and that he died for all , that they who live should not henceforth live for themselves , but for him who died for them , and rose again .”

II Corinthians 5:14-15

“I judge no man”

John 8:12-20 —

“Then spoke Iesous again toward them , saying , I am the light of the world : he who follows me shall not walk in darkness , but shall have the light of life . The Pharisees therefore said toward him , You bear record of yourself ; your record is not true . Iesous answered and said toward them , Though I bear record of myself , my record is true : for I know whence I came , and whither I go ; but you cannot tell whence I come , and whither I go . You judge after flesh ; I judge no man . And yet if I judge , my judgement is true : for I am not alone , but I and The Father who sent me . It is also written in your law , that the testimony of two men is true . I am one who bears witness of myself , and The Father who sent me bears witness of me . Then they said toward him , Where is your Father ? ”

You see, they’re trying to trap Him . Always always , this is what’s foremost on their mind . Not to uncover the truth , but to keep it hidden by any means necessary .

“Iesous answered , You neither know me , nor my Father : if you had known me , you should have known my Father also . These words spoke Iesous in the treasury , as he taught in the temple : and no man laid hands on him ; for his hour was not yet come .”

The hour of His glory is the new hope to which we look , and to which all must look , for there is no other . — RTF

Libertarianism , Such as It Is , Is Anti-Christ

Libertarianism teaches , inter alia , that men are inherently at liberty to act at variance with certain behavioral limits that arise from The New Covenant in Christ.

This is true provided that , with respect to those particular limits , it is true for the lost world only , and not for the saved Church . [1]

Therefore , if the Church is to be enfranchised (permitted to vote on candidates or political questions) , it is under an obligation to cast votes consistent with the Covenant that it has already concluded with God . Since this relationship (between God and His followers) was acknowledged by the founders of the country , it is beyond question whether the Church has a moral (and a legal!) right to do this . They not only have the right , they are obligated to . Morally , they couldn’t do otherwise , even if they wanted to .

In other words , libertarianism per se is anti-Christ , because :

– 1) its teaching , per se , implies that all humanity , including
– the Church , should acknowledge (and should be expected to acknowledge)
– one , and only one , single set of moral values ,

– 2) while admitting (sometimes only after pressure is applied) that the
– particular set of values they would have us acknowledge are contrary to
– the Word of God .

The Bible warns us about this kind of Satanic teaching trying to take over our Lord’s Church , e.g. in II Corinthians 6 :

“Be you not unequally yoked together with unbelievers : for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness ? and what communion has light with darkness ? And what accord has Christ with Be’li-al ? or what part has he who believes with an infidel ? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols ? for you are the temple of the living God ; as God has said , I WILL DWELL IN THEM , AND WALK IN THEM ; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD , AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE . WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM , AND BE YOU SEPARATE , says the Lord , AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING ; AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU , AND WILL BE A FATHER TOWARD YOU , AND YOU SHALL BE MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS , says the Lord Almighty .”

In this context , to ‘be unequally yoked together with unbelievers’ refers not to voting with them on the same offices or policies (which is affirmatively approved by The New Testament) but merely the prospect of casting votes that would be consistent with the world’s values and at odds with those given to us by God in His Word .

— RTF

Footnote:

1 Moreover , with respect to the world (that part of humanity outside the Church) , the statement is true only insofar as God continues to allow it . Technically , it is still at variance with God’s law and the “liberty” referred to is only a de facto liberty and not de jure . This illustrates one of the principle causes of difficulty between libertarians and non-libertarians : the libertarians’ concept of “natural law” which implies that law , or at least some law , can arise naturally , whereas in reality it is entirely artificial and originates only with God . Thus we can see the extreme error in Jefferson’s wording “the laws of nature and nature’s God” which actually seems to suggest that “nature” is somehow at liberty to create laws that God Himself would not have otherwise done … or even worse , that possibly Jefferson saw God as being in some way subordinate to nature . In any event it is obvious from that wording that Jefferson was bending over backwards to avoid saying or implying that all law originates with God , because that could be construed to mean that the written laws within the Bible might have some actual authority over the law-writing power of men … and they certainly couldn’t have that now , could they ??

The Drug Addict Is Not the Enemy , but the Drugs Are

But if an addict who believes in God and accepts some kind of authority of God over him is having difficulty breaking his addiction , or doesn’t want to , it is important to tell him that God does not want him on the drugs . And it may also be appropriate to tell him , with great love and all due gentleness , that drugs are often resorted to as a substitute for God’s grace and love , if a person is not feeling those things from God . That alone is probably insufficient for most believing addicts , but for many of them it may be a good initial step .

Some Examples of False Evangelism

Only a false evangelist would teach that salvation through Christ is available to all , without ever mentioning the need for repentance .

That is not the Gospel that is found in Scripture .

Moreover , only a false evangelist would say that the truth about the need for repentance can wait until after a person accepts Jesus as their Savior .

And only a false evangelist would say that the truth about the need for repentance should only be spoken within the church’s walls , and never allowed out from there .

All of these doctrines are Satan’s . For he is the father of all lies . John 8:44 .

To Make an Enemy of a Person Means You Have Done Them Wrong , And They Feel Wronged

If , on the other hand , a person feels wronged by you and gets angry , but you have not actually done anything wrong , then by definition, you have not made them an enemy … rather they have made you an enemy . At that point , they are your enemy , but only by their doing , not by yours . And by extension , only they can end that state , because (by definition) they are the only ones acting (or not acting) with enmity .

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