Saturday, July 29, 2006

god-boys for climate change

The Associated Press reports that a group calling itself the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance (ISA) has issued a "Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming." This "call" refutes the "Call to Action" issued a few months ago by the Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI), religious leaders who want to take steps to mitigate climate change.

The ISA "Call to Truth" says we shouldn't do anything about climate change because it won't be so bad, besides we can't do anything about it, and that poverty is a bigger problem than climate change anyway. What a coherent argument. The ECI folks actually used the fact that climate change will hurt the poor the most as one argument for trying to stop it.

ISA's "Call to Truth" is authored by professor of theology, a guy who works for anti-conservation organizations, an economics professor, and a climate scientist whose work is sponsored by Exxon (Roy Spencer). There isn't a single person with a shred of scientific credibility associated with ISA, which was founded last December specifically as an "alternative to radical left-leaning environmentalism."

It always discourages me when religious types act badly and, for their personal profit or the profit of those that sponsor them (Exxon?), abuse the faith that many people put in them. This is a truly terrible example, right up there IMHO with how segregationists used to use Bible scripture to sanction thair racism.