WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The executive council of the 30-million
member National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) recently passed a motion
saying there is "ongoing debate about the causes and origins of global
warming" and acknowledging a "lack of consensus among the evangelical
community on this issue."
-According to The Washington Post, a "Who's Who" of more than 20
evangelical leaders, including major figures like Charles Colson, Dr. James
Dobson, Rev. John Hagee, Rev. D. James Kennedy, Dr. Richard Land, Dr. Richard
Roberts, Rev. Louis Sheldon, Donald Wildmon, and others, have gone on record
as seeing room to "disagree about the cause, severity and solutions to the
global warming issue."
-Effort to cut greenhouse gases hurt the poor. By making energy less
affordable and accessible, mandatory emissions reductions would drive up the
costs of consumer products, stifle economic growth, cost jobs, and impose
especially harmful effects on the Earth's poorest people. The Kyoto climate
treaty, for example, could cost the world community $1 trillion a year -- five
times the estimated price of providing sanitation and clean drinking water to
poor developing countries.
-According to the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research, even
"full and perfect compliance" with the Kyoto Protocol would mean the average
global temperature in 2050 would be only 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit lower than it
would be in the absence of emissions controls. Its impact on Black and
Hispanic communities in the U.S., on the other hand, could cost minorities 1.3
million jobs in 2012.
-A panel of economic experts, comprising eight of the world's most
distinguished economists, examined various proposals for dealing with climate
change by reducing carbon emissions. The expert panel, in what has come to be
known as the "Copenhagen Consensus," regarded these proposals as "bad
projects" and "having costs that were likely to exceed the benefits."
-The science is not settled on global warming. More than 17,000
scientists, two-thirds with advanced degrees, have signed the Oregon Petition
stating: "There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of
carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the
foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and
disruption of the Earth's climate."
-According to a paper written for the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance
(ISA) by Dr. Roy Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of
Alabama in Huntsville and former senior climate scientist with NASA's Marshall
Space Flight Center, "We cannot say for certain how much the planet may be
warming, how much is due to human activities versus natural cycles, or whether
these changes in global temperature would be mostly good or mostly bad for the
majority of people."
-Climate models are suspect. Our atmosphere and climate are so complex
that meteorologists have only a rudimentary grasp of what actually causes
storms, droughts, heat waves, cold snaps and climate conditions that have
changed many times over the centuries. In addition, as pointed out in the ISA
paper, feedback mechanisms are poorly understood and "it has been calculated
that only a couple percent increase in low clouds would offset the warming
effects of a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use."
SOURCE Interfaith Stewardship Alliance (ISA) www.interfaithstewardship.org