BY SAM FIELDS
If there was one thing that was predictable in the news coverage of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado it was the survivors “thanking the Lord”.
It was, therefore, amusing to see the link that I was sent by a Browardbeat.com reader.
In it CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asks a mom holding her baby if she wanted to “thank the Lord” for the survival of her family.
Not likely she told Blitzer. She was an atheist.
I’m pretty sure that was the minority view in Moore. But what if you believe that this was all the work of an All-Powerful, All-Knowing Supernatural Being?
The obvious and inexorable conclusion is that the Almighty is also to blame for the death of 24…including the seven third-graders.
If Believers are right, you gotta wonder what those little bastards did to so piss off Jesus that he killed’em?
Since 1999, Moore, Oklahoma has experienced multiple tornados including two F-5 catastrophes. If all this is the work of God, than that place must be a regular Sodom and Gomorrah.
But how could that be? As evidenced by the TV interviews of the locals, the only thing that exceeds the number of churches in Moore must be the number of McDonalds.
Or is there another explanation for the tornados and other natural disasters that have recently made Oklahoma “Ground Zero” for an angry Mother Nature”?
And it’s not only tornados. It’s drought and a spate of earthquakes that have recently struck the “Godfearin’ Okies”.
Of the 1200 or so tornados that we annually experience, no more than one is an F-5. So what are the odd of the same town getting hit twice by F-5’s in 14 years?
Is it God, bad luck or the wrong end of climate change?
Science says that it’s the latter two.
The mentality of Okies, as propounded by its political leaders, says otherwise.
Senator James Inhofe (R. Ok) is the Senate’s most ardent climate change denier. Sounding like a Holocaust Denier, he calls it a “hoax” perpetrated by Al Gore, Michael Moore and Hollywood elites. [Since John Wayne and Charlton Heston died, are there any other kind?]
Inhofe’s rants are not surprising in a state economically dominated by fossil fuels.
It does not change the facts that human activity has caused the degree of climate change that has led to weather extremes including thunderstorms (Think tornados.) and the multiyear drought that now afflicts the Midwest and Southwest.
Add to that a growing body of evidence that the search for fossil fuels, through the method known as “hydraulic fracking,” is promoting earthquakes in places like Oklahoma.
Fracking is a way of releasing fossil fuels by injecting liquids into rocks deep in the earth. Scientists now seem sure that a 5.7 earthquake that struck Oklahoma in 2011 was induced by fracking.
The scientists at The U.S. Geological Survey and the National Academy of Science have looked at the recent spike in seismic activity near fracking sites. Since 2009, the number of earthquakes greater than 3 on the Richter Scale has increased from 1.2 per year to 25!
In a report, the scientists conclude that this is “almost certainly manmade.”
Of course, they’re just a bunch of atheist scientists. Who would believe them?
In Moore, Oklahoma they know better. Earthquakes come from Jesus bowling.