The article, “A Catholic voters guide for Reno Nevada, part 1” presents the view that all Catholic morality, and all Christian morality. This view of morality begins with the Jewish Shema, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, and Mark, 12:28-34, which we will read at our Cathedral two days before election day of this year. The “A Catholic Voters guide,” asks, “How do we love God?” “What do we give someone, God” who already literally has everything?” The guide answers the question, “By respecting what is his, in particular what is made in his image.
The New York Times informs us, “The rate and extent at which sea levels will rise in this century as ice sheets erode remains highly uncertain, even as the long-term forecast of centuries of retreating shorelines remains intact. Scientists are struggling more than ever to disentangle how the heat building in the seas and atmosphere will affect the strength and number of tropical cyclones.” With this in mind, we are able to compare the statements of the candidates competing in our Nevada Caucus, to decide who is best able to address climate change concerns.
You, the reader can look back to your childhood, and find out what the weather was for this date, and compare it with today’s weather. You can decide for yourself if the weather is changing. Here is the link. We can also trace bird migration and see if birds are changing their flight paths. Animals do tend to notice climate changes better than humans do. The National Weather Service puts out reports on how weather changes year by year. There is a nominal charge if you want to go back further to compare temperature and precipitation changes. The National Weather Service also gives information on the number of tornados year by year for a comparison. They also give a Named Cyclones by Year graph.
The New York Times reports, “Emissions rose 5.9 percent in 2010, according to an analysis by the Global Carbon Project, an international collaboration of scientists. The increase solidified a trend of ever-rising emissions that scientists fear will make it difficult, if not impossible, to forestall severe climate change in coming decades. The same article reports, “Estimates of the amount of warming that would result from a doubling of greenhouse gas range from 3.6 degrees to 8 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mitt Romney stated, “We don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet. The idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try to reduce CO2 emissions is not the right course for us.” Mitt Romney continued, “Man-made global ‘warming and cap and trade’ and so forth… All the governors…signed it. I refused to sign. I do not believe in a cap and trade program.” He also relates, “I think the earth is getting warmer. … I think humans contribute to that. I don’t know by how much. It could be a little. It could be a lot.”
Gingrich said he was “deeply opposed” to cap-and-trade, a regulatory system that puts a mandatory cap on greenhouse gas emissions and then allows emitters like utility and manufacturing companies to trade pollution permits. Gingrich has said there’s no “conclusive” proof of it (Climate change), or that humans cause it. He’s suggested that the Earth may be moving “into a long cooling period.”
Rick Santorum says of Climate change, “So why have we decided that this one particular factor, carbon dioxide, is in fact that tip of the tail that wags the entire dog. Why from a scientific point of view do we make the assertion that this is in fact what is the case when there is a whole lot of other factors out there that could be affecting it? They don’t trust you to allocate resources in a way that they believe is best, and so they want to have a system that forces you to do what they think you should do in running your business and your lives.”
God is watching how we care for his planet. We show our love for God by how we treat his property.