Noah (Of Old Testament Fame) Gets on the Eco-bandwagon...
...Purchases $160 million Environmentally Friendly Ark
Posted by admin on December 6th, 2010 @ Care2.com http://envirogy.ca/2010/12/06/noah-of-old-testement-fame-gets-on-the-eco-bandwagon-purchases-160-million-environmentally-friendly-ark/
The Ark Encounter
In much of the developed world, businesses “going Green” has certainly become a universal trend. Having said that, I still did not see this one coming.
Answers in Genesis, an organization famous for its “Creation Museum” in Petersburg, Kentucky, has announced their next project – A theme park revolved around the Biblical story of Noah’s ark.
Aptly named “The Ark Encounter”, the 160-acre complex will feature a full-scale replica of Noah’s Ark. On top of that, it will feature a walled city, animal shows, a replica of the Tower of Babel, a 500-seat special effects theater, an aviary, a journey through biblical history, and a first-century Middle Eastern village.
What’s most interesting about the $150 million project, is that it’s going to be “green”.
The building planners are slated to utilize ‘Leader in Energy and Environmental Design‘ (LEED) building techniques throughout the entire park. In addition to this, they plan to utilize all major renewable energy sources to power the massive park including solar, geothermal, hydro, and wind energy.
Much of the cost of the park is expected to be covered by public donations made through the Answers in Genesis website, but also through Kentucky’s tourism development laws, which will allow them to recover up to 25% of the project costs.
State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, quoted by MSNBC and Cincinnati Enquirer, said Ark Encounter will provide a,
once-in-a-lifetime economic boost…This project will do two things for our community: It will add 900 permanent jobs at a time when they are extremely hard to come by, and it will become a worldwide beacon for those who share our faith.
The park is projected to attract at least 1.6 million visitors a year while bringing over 900 jobs toNorthern Kentucky, which is how the state is justifying its questionable endorsement of the project.
Grant County Judge-executive Darrell Link said, “With every ark there is a rainbow and at the end of this rainbow is a pot of gold.”
What was once thought impossible, has become reality. The spread of creationist propaganda has oxymoronically merged with popular environmentalism- a movement based on a worldview that staunchly contradicts that of the typical creationist. Who would have thought we’d find a solar powered Ark? Or a geothermally heated Tower of Babel?
What happens next in this truly bizarre convergence of conflicting ideologies?