There is increasing hard evidence that the global warming crowd's claims that the sky is falling is based on bad science. By "bad science," I mean using science to justify a position that supports a particular agenda. I am convinced that the real purpose behind the leaders of the global warming crowd is to force the United States to transfer more of our wealth to developing nations. This will make more of a level playing field among the world community of nations which better accommodates a centralized worldwide government.
It is easy to scoff at the idea that we are headed toward a worldwide government but the Bible very clearly says that this will be the case in the time before Jesus returns and it explains a lot of the geopolitical trends we see today. Speaking of the Antichrist, Revelation 13:77 says, "authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation" (NKJ).
No matter what unbiased science and reason tells us about the effect of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the idea that it is an environmental bad thing is so pervasive that the fear of global warming will still be used to justify draconian measures that will further damage to the economy of the United States. We have a government in place that is doing what it can to take advantage of the global economic crisis to cause our economy to lose ground to other nations. Our rapidly accelerating debt causes the dollar to lose value and has gotten other nations to pursue alternatives to the dollar for trade and as a reserve currency. Health care reform is basically an excuse to foist more taxes on people and the "cap and trade" bill which is our government's solution for global warming is essentially a tax on everything that uses hydrocarbon-generated energy (90+% of all energy that is produced in the US).
More taxes will discourage businesses from manufacturing in the US. They will go to the developing nations that don't have the cap and trade style carbon tax to keep their costs down. The net result is that the high unemployment we have now will not get better and indeed could get worse. And when unemployment is high, consumers reduce spending which further impacts the economy. All this will have the net effect of reducing the economic superpower status of the United States, something our government is apparently trying to achieve. We are indeed very close to the age where, "these are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast" (Revelation 17:13, NKJ).
Mankind's attempts to manipulate the economy to serve Utopian agendas will culminate in a massive failure as described in Revelation 18. But Revelation 18 describes an event that is clearly in the tribulation period. While there will be periodic economic meltdowns that foreshadow the Revelation 18 crash, things will mostly "continue as they were from the beginning of creation" (2 Peter 3:44, NKJ).
Jesus said that the economy would be pretty much business as usual when He takes His followers out of this world... "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" (Matthew 24:38-42, NKJ). Now that is good news!