In 1988 The Prophetic James Hansen convInced many in congress of the dire threat from GHG's and the need to take action to save humanity from a global crisis.The number of people who understood the importance of His message grew at a steady pace. His words reached the Masses by the release of the reformational film by Al Gore titled "An Inconvenient Truth". Soon devout believers could be counted by the millions throughout the world.<quoted text>
The Nile Delta salting up or going under the Mediterranean or the Nile River running dry would not affect the "warming is good" crowd much. When you get right down to it, they don't care what happens to people in Egypt, or Bangladesh, or sub-Saharan Africa. With the level of Islamophobia in this country some people think their demise would be a good thing. Religious evangelicals who believe the hookum that "we are living in the End Times" would just chalk it up as a prelude to the Tribulations. There is one thing that might - and I say might, because they could well say that it was part of the Tribulations, too - make them change their minds.
The Jordan River is a kind of "canary in the coal mine" for global warming. The Jordan is a tiny little river that wouldn't even be a good sized creek in the U.S.A. or Russia. It exists only because Mt. Hermon is barely tall enough to have snow cover the year round. That snow cap has been getting smaller and smaller every summer for the last 20 years. One hot August not too far in the future the snow on Mt. Hermon is going to melt completely. When that happens the Jordan River will run dry. As hung up on the security of Israel that American evangelicals are, that might prompt them to reconsider the impact of doubling the atmosphere's CO2. But before that happens, we are quite likely to see a big Middle East war because Israel will find some pretext (if indeed they bother to justify it with a pretext) to invade Syria and gain access to the Euphrates.
Joining Dr. Hansen and V.P. Gore were Profs. Mann, and Jones along with numerous men of letters.
With endorsemenrs from the IPCC and many other organizations Climate Science has now reached a point where it is no longer acceptable to question the Truths of CAGW because the 'science is settled'.
At what point does the message of these Wise Men become an Evangelical belief system akin to religion?
I submit it occurs when their belief becomes grounded more in faith and certitude than in skepticism.
Perhaps people of reason would do well to reserve "Faith" for their apostles and "Skepticism" for their scientists.