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Global Warming...and Gaseous Dinosaurs

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

According to evolutionary theory’s assumption-based dating methods and circular reasoning (see DeYoung, 2005), for well over 100 million years large sauropod dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Antetonitrus allegedly lived more than 200 million years ago, Apatosaurus 150 million years ago, and Argentinosaurus 95 million years ago—about 30 million years before dinosaurs are said to have gone extinct. Note that these dinosaurs supposedly did not flourish on Earth for just hundreds or thousands of years, but for multiplied millions of years. Evolutionists contend that dinosaurs inhabited Earth at least 500 times longer than “modern humans.”

Consider the connection between the vast time that sauropod dinosaurs allegedly were on Earth with a recent study published in Current Biology concerning “climate warmth” (i.e., global warming). According to Dr. David Wilkinson of John Moores University in Liverpool, and his colleagues, sauropods produced massive amounts of the “greenhouse” gas methane, which would have warmed the planet considerably. [NOTE: Scientists have suggested that greenhouse gas is “21 times more powerful than CO2 at trapping heat on Earth and causing climate change” (“Dinosaurs ‘Gassed’…,” 2012).] Wilkinson and colleagues conservatively estimate that the “global methane production from sauropods” was “520 million tonnes per year” (2012, 22[9]:292-93, emp. added). Just how much is 520 million tons, comparatively speaking? According to Wilkinson, “Our calculations suggest these dinosaurs may have produced more methane than all the modern sources, natural and human, put together” (“Dinosaurs ‘Gassed’…,” emp. added).

Even though sauropods supposedly would have warmed the planet considerably with their massive amounts of emitted methane (“more…than all the modern sources, natural and human, put together”), the theory of evolution says they flourished on Earth for more than 100 million years. Yet, for the last several years evolutionary environmentalists have led man to believe that the world as we know it is in eminent danger because of a few years of (alleged) man-made global warming. Why should we believe that dinosaurs, who alone produced as much or more methane as is produced today (“both natural and anthropogenic”—Wilkinson, et al., p. 293), could survive for more than 100 million years in such warmth, but humans and all other forms of life on Earth today are supposedly making life unbearable in only a few measly years?

The contradictions, inconsistencies, and absurd allegations and suggestions (e.g., Al Gore’s “carbon credit” market; see Jean, 2008) of the godless mindset of evolutionary environmentalists is exasperating. The fact is, our planet has gone through stages of warming and cooling throughout its history (see Lyons, 2008; cf. Miller, 2008). Based upon fossil evidence, we know that dinosaurs and many other animals once lived in Antarctica when that continent had a much warmer climate. Humans and dinosaurs once flourished on Earth together (see Lyons and Butt, 2008), even though sauropods apparently emitted massive amounts of global-warming gases.

As unpleasant as it may be to acknowledge, since the creation of the world (Romans 1:20; Mark 10:6), man has survived on Earth despite all of the Brontosaurus belches, Megalosaurus methane, and Diplodocus dung. Mankind has survived cooling periods (“ice-age(s)”) and warming periods. In truth, man will continue the cycle of life on Earth, until Jesus, Who is “upholding all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3), returns and brings an end to the Earth (2 Peter 3:10-13).

REFERENCES

DeYoung, Don (2005), Thousands…Not Billions (Green Forest, AR: Master Books).

“Dinosaurs ‘Gassed’ Themselves into Extinction, British Scientists Say” (2012), May 7, Fox News, http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/05/07/dinosaurs-farted-their-way-to-extinction-british-scientists-say/?intcmp=features.

Jean, Pamela (2008), “Al Gore Purchases Carbon Credits from a Company He Himself Owns,” Digital Journal, March 4, http://digitaljournal.com/article/251232.

Lyons, Eric (2008), “Global Warming, Earth’s History, and Jesus’ Return,” Apologetics Press, http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=23&article=2521#.

Lyons, Eric and Kyle Butt (2008), The Dinosaur Delusion: Dismantling Evolution’s Most Cherished Icon (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press).

Miller, Dave (2008), Evolution, Environmentalism, and the Deification of Nature (Montgomery, AL: Apologetics Press).

Wilkinson, David M., Nisbet G. Euan, and Graeme D. Ruxton (2012), “Could Methane Produced by Sauropod Dinosaurs have Helped Drive Mesozoic Climate Warmth?” Current Biology, 22[9]:292-93, May 8, http://download.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/PIIS0960982212003296.pdf?intermediate=true.




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