Smart Guys

A new report says that over the last three years, the wind energy industry–an Obama favorite–has lost 10,000 jobs, while the oil industry–one he hates–has gained 75,000. I assume you could add a minimum of 100,000 if the president ever gets around to approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. But this isn’t about jobs for the administration but about promoting the ideology of man-caused global warming, which leads to ever-increasing government control of our lives.

Isn’t it interesting that Mr. Obama and Al Gore are two of the most well-known proponents of this increasingly discredited theory? While skeptics are dismissed as anti-science “deniers,” the truth is, these two “smart guys” have no scientific or academic credentials of their own. Of course, both have been richly rewarded by their liberal friends. Both have received Nobel Peace Prizes, and a documentary based on Mr. Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth won an Academy Award. Yet neither has published anything approaching academic rigor, and in fact Mr. Obama was the first editor of the Harvard Law Review never to write an article of his own.

There is nothing wrong with being a popularizer of heavy subjects. (On my better days, that’s what I am.) But for millions of Americans, Mr. Obama and Mr. Gore are experts with the power and influence to implement their fascination with an extreme environmental ideology. This has real (and expensive) consequences for taxpayers.

Both advocate policies that subsidize so-called “green energy” (such as Solyndra, windmills, and $60 light bulbs) that cost us billions of dollars at a time when we are headed for fiscal disaster. These policies may sound good in Ivy League faculty lounges, but too often they fail the test of reality, as the job figures cited above show.

Bottom line: Be careful who your “experts” are.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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