Have you noticed how global warming faithful have more and more begun to refer to their cause as climate change? They do that so that they can also blame colder temperatures on carbon dioxide emissions. Indeed, there is actually more evidence today that global temperature are trending down rather than up. That is why global warming is so controversial; unbiased science does not really support the claims that carbon dioxide emissions are causing global temperatures to rise. But the global warming crowd doesn't even want to debate the issue, it is settled matter in their mind and they are pursuing their agenda to fix the perceived problem with religious fervor.
The global warming faithful are determined to reduce carbon dioxide emissions any way they can and are willing to sacrifice our economic health to do so. I believe that many have embraced the religion of global warming simply because it is a means to an end which will help bring down the United States making us more on-par economically with the rest of the world. The Cap & Trade solution to global warming that Congress will slick by the public is simply a new tax on everyone. You can't add more tax on manufacturers and not expect these costs to get passed on to consumers. This will be one more weight to drag down the economy.
The reason the global warming faithful want to see the United States on-par economically with the rest of the world is to force us to yield our interests to the greater good of the whole world. President Obama has demonstrated that his desire to "spread the wealth around" extends to the whole world, not just our country. This "think globally, act locally" mind-set is what will bring the world together under the government of the Antichrist.
I know I have been pretty pessimistic about our economic outlook lately. The point is that if you extrapolate out today's trends, things do look pretty dismal. But God is in control and prayer does make a difference. There certainly are different degrees of economic pain and it does not have to be the worse case scenario here in the United States.
I really do believe that the Lord will remove His faithful from the planet before the real economic melt-down described in Revelation 18 occurs. Jesus said in Matthew 24:37-42, "As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming" (NKJ).
Matthew 24:37-42 tells us that things will be going on pretty much as usual when the Rapture of the Church occurs. So, we can be encouraged that we still live in the Age of Grace despite the storm clouds we see on the horizon. I do think that all-hell will break loose on earth following the Rapture though. Now is not a time to be putting off following Jesus.