Climate of Confusion

Posted: February 11, 2013 in Hard Questions
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Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the current “discussion” about climate change has devolved into nothing but name-calling, ranting and pesonal dispersions. On the one side, there are people who claim that humans have caused global warming and radical steps are needed to curtail the trend. On the other side, there are people who claim the whole thing is a left-wing government conspiracy; not only is global warming not human-caused but it may not even be a real thing…in fact, some say, the earth might be in a cooling period.

To be honest, my primary interest here isn’t whether or not global warming is happening.  What I’m really interested in are the Christian-living aspects of this debate.  See, for some reason, there seem to be an awfully lot of conservative Christians in the “it’s all a hoax” camp.  Some of the most aggressive anti-global warming rhetoric has come from the Christian community and this concerns me.  I’m not concerned because I’m sure global warming is happening (I honestly don’t know what I think at this point…stick around!).  No, I’m concerned because I don’t know why so many Christians are anti-global warming and I suspect that most of them don’t know either.  Is it possible that, at least among evangelical Christians it’s because Christian=Republican and Republican=Anti-Global Warming?  I know it’s an oversimplification, but evangelical Christians tend to be Republicans and Republicans tend to scoff at global warming so is it really that unlikely?

I honestly don’t know if global warming is happening or not.  I’m a Republican, so I’d like them to be right about this, but wanting them to be right and them being right are two different things.

Anyway, I decided recently that I’ve had  enough of all the hype on both sides of this issue and I’m done trying to figure out who’s right, who’s biased (both sides) and what’s actually going on.  Instead, I decided I am going to see what I can do to get to the bottom of this. If you’d like to come along on my little armchair investigation, then you might want to see the first installment of this article series on Whether Or Not the U.S. is Heating Up.  It’s got numbers!  And statistics!  And equivocation!

And maybe, just maybe, it’s a helpful step towards some clarity on this whole thing.

Check out the article here!


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