WHEN AND WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH - PART 3
There are notable people and groups who are taking climate change quite seriously:
On World Environment Day, Pope Francis asked the tough questions: What does cultivating and caring for the earth mean? Are we truly cultivating and caring for creation? Or are we exploiting and neglecting it?
The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) began pleading for Dialogue Prudence and the Common Good when addressing Climate Change as far back as June 15, 2001. Most recently the USCCB sent letters to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) expressing the urgent and necessary measures required to address climate change. They cite evidence, which continues to point toward significant damaging impacts from climate related events in the United States, across the globe, and particularly for the poorest developing countries. Some poor nations and small island states already experience these impacts as a matter of survival for their people and cultures. This is quite opposite to what Rex Tillerson said above about “poverty reduction [being more] difficult if ExxonMobil set goals to reduce emissions from its products and operations.” Trust me Rex, the Christian and Jewish communities addressing these issues know “a bit more” than you about poverty.
In a letter to President Obama, The National Religious Partnership For The Environment also emphasized the issue of poor nations and small island states experiencing these impacts as a matter of survival for their people and cultures. President Obama is now scheduled to lay out a Climate Change Plan on June 25th.  Since Climate Change was noted as a top priority in his inaugural address, such a plan is promising. Now we’ll get to see how much resistance the plan gets from the Tea Party, neo-conservatives and other climate deniers.
President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on June 8, 2013. The only Climate-Change-related concession the Chinese were willing to make was reduction of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and industrial applications. China is the biggest polluter in the world and the United States is second. Since WE have the majority of issues to address, WE should be taking the lead roles in Climate Change reduction…You lead by example.
Former President Bill Clinton has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is implementing programs that create and advance solutions to the root causes of climate change – while also helping to reduce our reliance on oil, saving money for individuals and governments, creating jobs, and growing economies.
Former Vice-President Al Gore continues the good fight against Climate Change. His efforts resulted in a co-award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. 
Secretary of State John Kerry has called Climate Change a “life-threatening” issue and that the United States must play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. He noted that “the fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy,” [and] “It’s [also] a job creator.” Kerry is meeting with officials from India today and will urge them to curb emissions that contribute to global warming and ease barriers to U.S. business and investment in the world’s largest democracy that is viewed as a counterweight to China.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing to spend $20 billion to deal with Climate-Change-related exposure to New York City. The basis of these expenditures is a Risk Management plan based on 250 specific recommendations to further fortify the city against climate events. The plan proposes a variety of solutions, from the predictable (widened beaches and amended building codes) to the bold (building a sustainable island on the East side of lower Manhattan to shield the city from extreme weather, just as Battery Park City mitigated the damage on Manhattan’s West side.)
Upon rerecording the aforementioned record CO2 level, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change issued statement calling “for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by all parts of society.”
The positive actions of the Catholic Church, especially Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and now Francis I and the USCCB, begs the question, what more can all people of Faith do to bring attention to Climate Change and the threat to our civilization. I’d like to note that The National Religious Partnership For The Environment discussed above, is comprised of:
God said: This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations.
Don’t deny the power of prayer in dealing with Climate Change. If churches and synagogues are at a crossroads in their ministries and “drunk with the fear” of accepting Climate Change, then reread Isaiah Chapter 24 and it will “sober you up”. Then reread this blog and the quoted Scripture. You should be able to see how everything starts linking together, just like a chain of hydrogen and carbon, which make up Hydrocarbons.
History says that I’ll have to endure some attempt at silencing my soul, which will probably be an attempt to “kill” my credibility. The attempt will come from those who have been rebuked by my prose and rebuked by the Word of God. In 33 A.D. there was a teacher, who was also a messenger, on the streets of Judea who asked a harassing crowd, (John 7:19-20):
19Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” 20The crowd answered, “You are possessed! Who is trying to kill you?”
This “teacher” was later scourged and crucified for our salvation. I do not worry of any impending doom to my reputation. Writing TRIBULATION was my “reward” from God (Daniel 12:13). But I know my reward is conditional, based on my Faith in Him. As an “unknown author” said in Hebrews 13:5-8;
5Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.” 6Thus we may say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper, [and] I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” 7Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
God didn’t give Jesus Christ the desire to judge or condemn, rather to save. In the Revelation, God gives the Second Coming the ability to “destroy those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 1:8, 1:18, 11:18.
There’s an old saying that goes; “The ship is sinking and you’re straightening the deck chairs”. There’s another old saying: “Desperate times call for desperate measures”.
Climate Change is THE biggest threat to our civilization.
WE MUST DEAL WITH IT
From NASA website: http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators#co2CLIMATE CHANGE
Rev. 16:8-9 8The fourth angel poured out his bowl (one of the seven bowls of God’s fury poured on the earth) on the sun. It was given the power to burn people with fire. 9People were burned by the scorching heat and blasphemed the name of God who had power over these plagues, but they did not repent or give him glory.
Is. 24:5-6 5The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants, for they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant.* 6Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants pay for their guilt; Therefore they who dwell on earth have dwindled, and only a few are left.
*“ancient covenant” is defined in the NAB biblical notes as “God’s commandments to all humankind (cf. Gn 9:4–6).” or the Noahic Covenant.
Nm 35:33 You will not pollute the land where you live. For bloodshed pollutes the land, and the land can have no expiation for the blood shed on it except through the blood of the one who shed it. 34Do not defile the land in which you live and in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD dwell in the midst of the Israelites.
Hos 4:2–3 2Swearing, lying, murder, stealing and adultery break out; bloodshed follows bloodshed. 3Therefore the land dries up, and everything that dwells in it languishes: The beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and even the fish of the sea perish.
WHEN AND WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH - PART 2
The Revelation of Jesus Christ talks about the “Two Witnesses” in Chapter 11. God says in verses 3, 6 and 7;
3“I will commission my two witnesses to prophesy for those twelve hundred and sixty days, wearing sackcloth.” 6“They have the power to close up the sky so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying. They also have power to turn water into blood and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish.” 7”When they have finished their testimony, the BEAST that comes up from the ABYSS will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them.”
From my book TRIBULATION, the “Two Witnesses” are the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The sackcloth they wear symbolizes lamenting over the declining physical condition of the earth. The powers, in the form of environmental protection and developing sources of renewable energy would be eliminated if these agencies are “killed off”. Without these powers, CO2 levels, global temperatures and the sea levels will continue to rise unchecked and the development of renewable energy sources would be greatly diminished, if not eliminated. Basically, without the EPA and DOE, it would strictly be “Drill Baby Drill”.
The Tea Party wants to eliminate these 2 agencies because of their insistence that they are anti-business. This is the same Tea Party described in Revelation 6:7-8 as:
“a pale green horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and plague, and by means of the BEASTS of the earth”.
The BEASTS are those described in Revelation 13:1-18 and Daniel 7:1-28, drawn on my book cover, and shown in the below illustrations. The BEAST is the oil and coal industries, symbolized by an oil exploration/production rigs coming “out of the sea” and a dragline coal mining excavator “coming out of the earth”. In the New American Bible, the ABYSS is described in the Rev. 9:1 Biblical Notes as:
Sheol, the netherworld, where Satan [DRAGON] and the fallen angels are kept for a thousand years, to be cast afterwards into the pool of fire; cf. Rev 20:7–10. The abyss was conceived of as a vast subterranean cavern full of fire. Its only link with the earth was a kind of passage or mineshaft, which was kept locked.
Daniel 7:5,7 5The second beast was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the teeth in its mouth were three tusks. It was given the order, “Arise, devour much flesh.” 7 After this, in the visions of the night I saw a fourth beast, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and it trampled with its feet what was left. It differed from the beasts that preceded it. It had ten horns.
13:1-2 The First Beast 1Then I saw a beast come out of the sea with ten horns and seven heads; on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads blasphemous name[s]. 2The beast I saw was like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear’s, and its mouth was like the mouth of a lion (below).
Revelation 13:11 The Second Beast. Then I saw another beast come up out of the earth; it had two horns like a lamb’s but spoke like a dragon.
What the Tea Party, neo-conservatives and other climate deniers are unwilling to admit is the +0.6 Deg. C (appearing linear) rise in global surface temperature for the last 40 years. Scientists and engineers know that when you see a “trend” for 40 years, you don’t discount it on an 8 year “plateau” of data, particularly when there are previous “plateaus” in the last 40 years. The New York Times published an article on June 10, 2013 supporting the evaluation of “plateau” data and expanding on where the heat may be going, if not registering in the surface temperature rise.
In addition to a global temperature rise, there has been a significant and linear rise in Carbon Dioxide and Sea Levels. In early May 2013, the Carbon Dioxide was measured at 399.89 (corrected down from 400.03) ppm (parts per million) at the NOAA Mauna Loa monitoring station in . Carbon dioxide can stay in the atmosphere for as much as a century, so levels now may cause warming for decades. The concentration has now increased by more than 40 percent from the pre-industrial mark of 280 ppm.Coinciding with the rise in Carbon Dioxide and Global Surface Temperature is a reduction of World Sea Ice and Land Ice. All of the aforementioned data can be found in the charts and graphs from 2 federal agencies: NASA (National Aeronautic & Space Administration) and NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. These people have “no agenda”.
So with all of these charts and graphs from NASA and NOAA, it begs the question: WHEN & WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? Israel has a red line for Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The U.S. has a red line for Syria’s use of chemical weapons against its people. Why can’t we, as a world community, establish carbon emissions limits and promote new technology, which at least slows the demise of our planet. The thing about NASA and NOAA climate change data, its not difficult to extrapolate; thereby, allowing accurate projections on future severity. We’re seeing significant evidence of increased severity:
If all this sounds calamitous … it is.
WHEN & WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH - PART 1
We are a civilization of Messenger Shooters (or Killers).
Shakespeare wrote in Henry IV, part 2; “”The nature of bad news infects the teller.” 
Freud cited the example of the Spanish Moors who told how King Boabdil received the news of the fall of his city of Alhama. He felt that the loss meant the end of his rule. But he would not “let it be true”….”He threw the letters in the fire and killed the messenger”‘.
The times were old, but the idiom (or form of) DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER, hasn’t changed because NO ONE LIKES BAD NEWS.
In Luke 11:47, Jesus denounced the Scribes and Pharisees as those who “build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed.” One of those prophets was Isaiah, who lived and was martyred by Manasseh in the 7th Century B.C. We assume Manasseh killed Isaiah for his refusal to accept Manasseh’s polytheistic and idolatrous ways. Isaiah more accurately prophesied about the life of Jesus Christ, than any other prophet (Isaiah Chapter 53), so he definitely established the gift of prophecy given to him by God. So why is it that Isaiah wrote Chapter 24, about the punishment to man for polluting the earth, and very few people acknowledge it? It’s much like the reluctance to discuss the Book of Revelation. Why??? Because NO ONE LIKES BAD NEWS. I found Isaiah Chapter 24 by word searching “pollute” in the New American Bible. Verses 5 and 6 read as follows:
5The earth is polluted because of its
for they have transgressed laws,
broken the ancient covenant.
6Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants pay for their
Therefore they who dwell on earth have
and only a few are left.
The “ancient covenant” in this case is the covenant between God and Noah in Genesis 9:5 and God said:
“Indeed for your own lifeblood I will demand an accounting: from every animal I will demand it, and from a human being, each one for the blood of another, I will demand an accounting for human life. When you continue to read verses 7 through 23, its quite sobering.
Few people at ExxonMobil want to DEAL with Isaiah 24, as was evidenced by the their shareholder’s meeting on May 29, 2013. Rex Tillerson asked “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” He tried to say that poverty reduction would be more difficult if ExxonMobil set goals to reduce emissions from its products and operations. Rex T. evidently did a good sales job, for approximately three fourths of shareholders agreed with him. Last year, Rex said “”We have spent our entire existence adapting…We’ll adapt.” “It’s an engineering problem and there will be an engineering solution.” So evidently now, laissez-faire acceptance of doom has outweighed adaptation. Now in the last week, to the City Club of Cleveland, Rex said that Climate change is a serious and complex problem that society may not be able to fix and will just have to deal with and further “I view it as a risk management problem”. This time, Rex again says; DEAL with it. One of the most important steps in risk management is RCA (Root Cause Analysis). The Root Cause in climate change is CO2 emissions and the resulting risk management is to take steps to manage (diminish) these emissions at their source. As noted above, Rex T. and the majority of ExxonMobil shareholders are unwilling to do that. What Rex is unwilling to admit is that we can displace oil (and its derivatives) with natural gas, nuclear power and renewable energy, on a strategic basis, without any effect on poverty reduction.
One of the ironies of all this is Rex and I are both Civil Engineering majors from the University of Texas-Austin. I managed the engineering, procurement and construction of two facilities in Louisiana where ExxonMobil was an equity partner. As ExxonMobil said, my employer could build the facilities timelier and more cost effective and just as safe as they could. Rex graduated from UT in 1975 and me in 1983. Rex received the 2006 Distinguished Engineering Graduate award and is trying to kill the planet. I’m a “Messenger” writer (some would call a prophet) and I’m trying to save the planet, both physically and spiritually.
 Shakespeare Henry IV, Part 2, II, 5; cf. I, 2
 Sigmund Freud, On Metapsychology (PFL 11) p. 454-5
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyrdom_of_Isaiah, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaiah
Author G.R. Miller, utilizing his engineering and project management experiences in the fossil fuels energy sectors and guidance from God, takes a pragmatic approach of part preterism, part symbolism and part literalism in decoding the Revelation of Jesus Christ. He exhibits a Climate Change connection through scripture, commentary and illustrations.