I’m loving the warm up here in SD – even wore a short sleeve shirt to the services today. Perhaps it was a little premature. It’s 37 right now but that still means the snow is melting. I was reading this afternoon how globally, January was the coldest on record in ten years. And, that many scientists believe that this winter’s weather could point to a future cooling trend. You can read it yourself:

Marc Morano is the resident authority on global warming with the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works minority staff. He says according to records kept by the United Nations, global average temperatures peaked during the El Nino year of 1998 — and that since 2001, the temperature trend has declined slightly. According to Morano, despite the continued pumping of CO2 into the atmosphere, the southern hemisphere has also experienced a cooling trend; and in the northern hemisphere, January 2008, by some estimates, was the coldest month in more than a decade. “Solar scientists are worried about the lows,” he says. “They’re calling it the ‘disturbingly quiet solar cycle.’ And we’re faced with again just a lack of years … of temperatures just sort of ‘plateau-ing out’ to the point where the head of the U.N. IPCC [Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change] has recently called for an investigation as to why temperatures were not continuing to rise as predicted.” Morano also notes that between 1940 and 1975, the earth’s temperature cooled even though CO2 levels rose. And global warming alarmists, he notes, have failed to explain the lack of a correlation between rising CO2 and rising temperatures, a theory that Al Gore promotes in his movie An Inconvenient Truth.

In other earth-friendly related news, many congregations in America went green for their Palm Sunday services paying double for palms that were specially grown and harvested so as to not contribute to deforestation. Check it out. In case you are wondering, Church at the Gate didn’t go green today, not because we have no regard for the Scriptural mandates to be good stewards of creation. Frankly it had more to do with the fact that we were thinking about welcoming the King more than we were about his creation. My bad.