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." (http://www.interfaithstewardship.org/pdf/ISA_Climate_Change.pdf) -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