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.