Sunday, January 28, 2007

"Washington Wakes Up to Global Warming"

Title of an AP story I found today in Salon. Glad to know something may be done about it before South Florida disappears into the drink.

This sentence struck me:

There is still plenty of opposition to action on global warming in both the evangelical and business communities, but the tide is clearly turning.

Anyone who doesn't believe that global warming is real and is being caused by CO2 emissions (and is thus reversible) should go watch "An Inconvenient Truth." This isn't a political debate. What are the evangelicals waiting around for?

Well, at least some of them aren't waiting around. I did some research and found this February 8, 2006 NY Times story ("Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative"):

Despite opposition from some of their colleagues, 86 evangelical Christian leaders have decided to back a major initiative to fight global warming, saying "millions of people could die in this century because of climate change, most of them our poorest global neighbors."

Among signers of the statement, which will be released in Washington on Wednesday, are the presidents of 39 evangelical colleges, leaders of aid groups and churches, like the Salvation Army, and pastors of megachurches, including Rick Warren, author of the best seller "The Purpose-Driven Life."

"For most of us, until recently this has not been treated as a pressing issue or major priority," the statement said. "Indeed, many of us have required considerable convincing before becoming persuaded that climate change is a real problem and that it ought to matter to us as Christians. But now we have seen and heard enough."

The statement calls for federal legislation that would require reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through "cost-effective, market-based mechanisms" — a phrase lifted from a Senate resolution last year and one that could appeal to evangelicals, who tend to be pro-business. The statement, to be announced in Washington, is only the first stage of an "Evangelical Climate Initiative" including television and radio spots in states with influential legislators, informational campaigns in churches, and educational events at Christian colleges. . . .

Good for them. It's about time they found a cause worthier than gay-bashing.

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