Evangelical backlash against protecting the environment

This leaves me speechless.  Via the New York Times:

“…(W)hile a growing number of local and national nonprofit groups have formed to spread the “creation care” message, an increasingly fierce backlash against the mingling of Christianity and environmentalism has emerged from other quarters of the evangelical movement.

Leading the Christian counterargument on the environment is the Cornwall Alliance, an evangelical nonprofit that strenuously opposes action on climate change and describes the environmental movement as a “false religion” that Christians must avoid at all costs.  (…)

Mr. Beisner, a former professor of theology and a ruling elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, argued that the science is still unsettled on whether greenhouse gases are warming the climate and that projections of dangerous human-driven warming in the future are flawed and unreliable. But an “Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming” on the Cornwall Alliance’s Web site urges all evangelicals to accept that recent global warming is natural and that mankind is incapable of altering the climate.

“We believe Earth and its ecosystems — created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence — are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory,” the group’s declaration reads. “Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history.” “

Read the whole declaration on the Cornwall Alliance site.  It seems like anything humans do is ok, because the earth is “self-regulating and self-correcting.”  Economists call this moral hazard, which means when there is no risk of consequences, then people to immoral things–which was the concern when the banks were bailed out after they made risky loans–what is their incentive to avoid risky, bankruptcy creating behavior if there is no consequence?  According to the Cornwall Alliance declaration, nothing humans do will have any consequnces to the environment, so why worry.  Just plunder for economic gain.   “Faith based” environmental policy–pretty radical viewpoint.  Hope not too many people believe it.


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