Rich Tucker

Gore also claims that human activities will increase global temperatures by 11 degrees this century unless we “do something.” Well, if humans are going to warm things up, we’d better get going; there’s been no global temperature increase in the last eight years, and the thermometer has even dropped slightly since 1998. That’s when nature -- not humans -- increased the temperature with an El Nino weather pattern.

Whether they’re right or wrong about the impending end of time, fans of the Left Behind books at least have some cause for their concerns. “The image of a fearsome Jesus who will turn the tables on the unbelieving earthly authorities corresponds to a widespread sense among many conservative Christians that their values are under assault in a culture war with the secular society around them,” wrote reviewer David Kirkpatrick in The New York Times in 2004.

Does the secular left have any excuse for its “the end is near” rhetoric?

Of course, it probably doesn’t matter now, since our supposed climate problems are about to end. “I am absolutely certain that generations from now,” candidate Barack Obama announced last June, that our country will be able to look back and declare that his nomination marked “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

January 20 cannot come a moment too soon, apparently. The only problem is: After Obama’s swearing-in, whatever will we worry about?

Rich Tucker

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