Thursday, September 09, 2004
Meanwhile, the Debate Goes On
Tom Knutson of the U.S. Geological Survey says that “The strongest hurricanes in the present climate may be upstaged by even more intense hurricanes over the next century as the earth's climate is warmed by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Most hurricanes do not reach their maximum potential intensity before weakening over land or cooler ocean regions. However, those storms that do approach their upper-limit intensity are expected to be slightly stronger--and have more rainfall--in the warmer climate due to the higher sea surface temperatures. And more recent work with more comprehensive models incorporating hurricane-generated ‘cool SST wakes’ continues to support these conclusions ...”
Oral Roberts creationist meteorologist Mike Riddle isn't buying this. He says that “We here in Oral Roberts University’s Department of Eschatological Premillennialist Climatology are proposing slightly different causes for the recent rash of hurricanes. Knutson can use all the ‘cool SST wakes’ he wants to explain things, but here at ORU we use something much cooler--the Holy Scriptures, praise God! And our ‘Scriptural SST wakes’ suggest that, yes, the oceans and air are getting hotter. But our models suggest that it is not these mythological ‘greenhouse gases’ (do you see any?) that are the cause, but rather a lack of piety that is causing the increase in sea and air temperatures worldwide. Remember, God gave us the earth and everything on it to use as we see fit. And the simple truth is, we aren’t using nearly enough of it. This shows a lack of effort to achieve God’s will for us, and fulfill the Scriptures. Frankly, we aren’t at all surprised that He has heated things up a little, just to give us a taste of what’s coming if we don’t get busy and start utilizing all of the good things He put for us here on earth to the maximum. Remember the 3 B’s if you want to see the temperature go down: Buy, Burn, and Break in the Name of the Lord.”
Mullah Billdoug, reached for comment telepathically at his temporary beachside home in Isla del Gordo, would only say that both theories were very interesting and both would receive his full attention as soon as certain “problems in heaven” were settled.