Venus a casualty of global warming!
Oh, this is very cool. Now, global warming propagandists are going to have to vindicate my Resilient-Planet Theory. I just celebrated by heartlessly tossing a used zip-loc bag in the trash instead of using gallons of water to wash it.
A European Space Agency scientist thinks that Venus once had lots of water, a more hospitable atmospheric pressure, a cooler surface, a less toxic atmosphere, a totally different topography, and probably a Hilton. But, he posits, “greenhouse gases” (like water vapor) changed the paradise planet for the hellish worse (bother the fact that Venus is 26 million miles closer to the sun than our own planet) because of. . .global warming and a runaway greenhouse effect!
Why do I find this to be good news? Because people didn’t do it! They weren’t there! Unless C. S. Lewis’s outstanding fantasy, Perelandra, is all true, people didn’t cause global warming on Venus. So maybe they didn’t cause global warming on Earth, either. Wow, this sets the carbon credit captives free!
Of course we don’t know that there weren’t eco-slobs on Venus billions of years ago, do we? But if not, then Venus lost its vitality to greenhouse gases and global warming without human agency. But the ESA scientist overlooks this obvious inference, or simply does not suggest it here.
By the way, there is a very interesting discussion of greenhouse gases, specifically water vapor, in Genesis 1:6-7,
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so.
The division of the waters above and beneath the firmament preceded the bringing forth of life. And God saw that it was good.