Carbon Footprint

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.

The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.

  • Revelation 16:1-4

Our president has said some absurd things with regard to the environment.  As a result, many feel that he is an enemy to the planet, but I feel that there could be another agenda going behind the scenes.

As far as the carbon footprint is concerned, I worked in the enemy’s camp for over 20 years – for an engineering firm that designed fuel-fired industrial furnaces, but I preached conservation of energy as the Training Manager.  Any amount of fuel not consumed to make steel would constitute dollar savings for the steel company, higher quality of heated steel, and a lower carbon footprint.

The sad reality is that in the steel industry, steel is grossly overheated for it to roll without problem, wasting fuel and adding to the carbon footprint.  If the steel workers see properly heated steel, they think it is too cold and the rolling mill will have problems.  But the rolling mills are underutilized, never tested.  If this practice were corrected, the industry would use less fuel and make less carbon dioxide.  But, operating near the edge is more work, and wasting fuel in the furnace makes their life easier.

The very sad thing is that without government regulation, they have no incentive to do something to be more efficient, regardless of their ad campaigns that say that they are a ‘green’ company.  They take credit for recycling automobiles, but ignore their wastes in operating their plants, other than the regulated emissions.  They are good about that, usually.

What will happen if regulation advances to what the ‘world’ wants?  Much of American industry will halt operations, sending the work to nations that signed the Paris accords, but have no intention of living up to them.

India is trying to become a world power, but when I taught a team from a large steel manufacturer in India how to operate their new furnace, they wanted to know the death rate in American steel mills.  They thought I was lying when I told them that one death in a year is unacceptable, and most plants operate with very few lost-work-day cases, many with none for a few years.  They could not conceive of working without people dying in the workplace.  Emissions?

China’s emissions are so bad that they have not seen the sun in decades.  In 2008, Beijing hosted the summer Olympics.  They shut down industry months in advance.  They shut down automobile traffic weeks in advance.  I was there during the games.  You could see a more distinct orange glow where the sun might be, but not a crisp orange ball like in the rest of the world.  This is with everything shut down except for mass transit to get the visitors from one Olympics location to the other.  Note:  I was working near Yantai, and only changed flights in Beijing, no vacationing.

The United States will lead in research on lowering the carbon footprint, but we have a lot of factors against us.  It is odd how the US pays, monetarily, for many things in the world, such as pharmaceutical research and airline travel.  Why not environmental advances as well?  Note:  You save for a trip to Thailand, for example.  You pay maybe $3,000, but the person who bought his ticket in Thailand, sitting next to you, might have paid $200.

I think there is where the rub is located.  It would not make our neighbors happy if we blatantly said, “You pay for this one.”  Then, copy their designs to mitigate our emissions later.  They would not be happy, but many have done that when we took the lead.

What is against the carbon footprint reduction?  The world population is growing.  China’s zero population laws met with disaster with everyone wanting their one child to be male.  Each new person exhales carbon dioxide.  Each new person becomes a new consumer, buying cars, using fuel, working, starting a family, making more new persons.  Each new person requires more space, thus less space for everything else, including the trees, bushes, and grass that eat the carbon footprint and provide fresh oxygen.  God’s perfect balance at creation is far from balanced, and humans caused the unbalance.

Now consider that we have more vegetarians than ever.  “Isn’t it cruel to kill for our food?”  (Ummm, when I was growing up, it’s what we did for a living – on the turkey farm.)  Aren’t we responsible for the animals?  Animals produce carbon dioxide.  They are part of the problem too.

So, the world attacks industry, including the industry where I worked.  You cannot attack people.  People would be upset if we attacked animals.  People are afraid of the change toward hybrid automobiles or electric cars.  So, let’s shut down industry.  Yes, there are ways of cleaning emissions.  Are we ready to pay a lot more for every product that we buy, but make less in our paycheck due to increased taxes to pay for the research?

Look at history.  Before this present age, war solved many problems.  A recession or depression became an economic boom once countries started shooting at each other.  The population was decreased as well.  But no one wants that.

But where did the problem start?  Didn’t God say that everything He created was ‘good?’  He did, but when sin entered the world, it cursed the world as well as the people in it. 

The Scripture above talks about things happening to the earth, not just plagues, during the tribulation.  The ‘entropy clock’ is winding down.  Regardless of what we do, we cannot save the planet, just delay the inevitable.  The dooms day science reports about how an asteroid will eventually crash into the earth are on multiple television channels.  Some of the ‘end time’ documentaries are based on statistical probabilities.  If a coin flip must land on heads every time, we have a 50:50 chance of surviving each flip of the coin.  That doesn’t mean that we might not flip heads 50 times in a row, just unlikely.

Should we bury our heads in the sand and wait for the inevitable end?  No.  God gave us a job to do.  We must spread the Gospel so that as many people as possible can come to know Jesus before that end happens.  Why did the church grow so rapidly in the first century, in spite of persecution?  There are many factors, but one was that the disciples felt that the end would come in their lifetime.  They had urgency.

We seem lukewarm and apathetic.  Why?  We are even closer to the end than the disciples were.  If you think about that for a minute or two, we’ll be one or two minutes closer still.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Mark, you make too much sense.
    We are, of course, caretakers in God’s world. On Judgment Day he will ask, among other things, what we did to tend his planet, to care for the plants and animals entrusted to us, and to make life better for our human neighbors.
    In the end, though, it is God’s world. It is up to him to decide when to blow the whistle and make us all leave the pool.
    A calm and informed discussion about our carbon footprints and how to minimize the damage without hampering lives in other ways is far more valuable than the emotion-driven posts on this subject that fill the Internet.
    Thanks for your voice of reason. J.

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