Hooray! How To Convince Conservatives Christians That Global Warming Is Real

I’ve been waiting for this all life!!!!!!!! Of course, skeptics do believe in global warming. We believe that it is mostly/solely caused be nature. We also do not believe that it is apocalyptic. Anyhow, here’s Kathrine Hayhoe building the straw man

(Mother Jones) Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian, has had quite the run lately. A few weeks back, she was featured in the first episode of the Showtime series The Years of Living Dangerously, meeting with actor Don Cheadle in her home state of Texas to explain to him why faith and a warming planet aren’t in conflict. (You can watch that episode for free on YouTube; Hayhoe is a science adviser for the show.) Then, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people of 2014; Cheadle wrote the entry. “There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype,” Cheadle observed.

Why is Hayhoe in the spotlight? Simply put, millions of Americans are evangelical Christians, and their belief in the science of global warming is well below the national average. And if anyone has a chance of reaching this vast and important audience, Hayhoe does. “I feel like the conservative community, the evangelical community, and many other Christian communities, I feel like we have been lied to,” explains Hayhoe on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast. “We have been given information about climate change that is not true. We have been told that it is incompatible with our values, whereas in fact it’s entirely compatible with conservative and with Christian values.”

Can someone remind me where skeptics are saying that it is incompatible with our values? Actually, if you believe in limited government, freedom of choice, not having government in charge of your life, liberty, well, yeah, it is incompatible with our values.What she’s trying to say is that skeptics are saying that science is incompatible with religion. So, of course, after denigrating skeptics, she has ideas on how to talk to us

1. Conservation is Conservative. The evangelical community isn’t just a religious community, it’s also a politically conservative one on average. So Hayhoe speaks directly to that value system. “What’s more conservative than conserving our natural resources, making sure we have enough for the future, and not wasting them like we are today?” she asks. “That’s a very conservative value.”

True. It is. Notice that conservatives leave the surrounding areas cleaner than when they got there, while liberals leave a massive mess. But, this has nothing to do with the fake issue of climate change/anthropogenic global warming.

2. Yes, God Would Let This Happen. One conservative Christian argument is that God just wouldn’t let human activities ruin the creation. Or, as Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has put it, “God’s still up there, and the arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what he is doing in the climate, is to me, outrageous.” You can watch Inhofe and other religious right politicians dismissing climate change on biblical grounds in this video:

This is just getting beyond silly. Besides, if we want to go down this road, then God has let the climate change on a constant basis. It was warmer during the Medieval Warm Period.

3. The Bible Does Not Approve of Letting the World Burn. Hayhoe agrees with the common liberal perception that the evangelical community contains a significant proportion of apocalyptic or end-times believers—and that this belief, literally that judgment is upon us, undermines their concern about preserving the planet. But she thinks there’s something very wrong with that outlook, and indeed, that the Bible itself refutes it.

Seriously, what do liberals know of the Bible? They do all they can to block it. Furthermore, the world is not going to burn from a tiny increase in the average world temperature.

4. Even If You Believe in a Young Earth, It’s Still Warming. One reason there’s such a tension between the evangelical community and science is, well, science. Many evangelicals are Young-Earth creationists, who believe that the Earth is 6,000 or so years old.

Of course, going down this road insults the beliefs of these evangelicals. And even if it is warming (there’s been no warming in 17 years and 8 months), it doesn’t prove anthropogenic causation.

5. “Caring for our environment is caring for people.” Finally, Hayhoe thinks it is crucial to emphasize to evangelicals that saving the planet is about saving people…not just saving animals.

True, but, again, this has nothing to do with “climate change”.

If you want to truly convince me that Mankind is at fault, you Warmists can simply change your own behavior. Give up fossil fuels, live in tiny homes, make your life carbon neutral. Right now, though, there is this big push on “how to talk to/convince skeptics”. All while insulting them.

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3 Responses to “Hooray! How To Convince Conservatives Christians That Global Warming Is Real”

  1. john says:

    sometimes when it is a matter of faith like say EVOLUTION or the age of teh Earth science just can’t seem to get through to them.

  2. david7134 says:

    John,
    Fairly bigoted and prejudicial statement. Puts you in the same light as Sterling. Perhaps you should look at the fact that the majority of Christians are in the South and that the South does not buy the crap that we here from Hollywood (and yes, I am bigoted and proud of it). This just goes to show that the South should be an independent nation.

  3. Jeffery says:

    Well-compensated liars such as Limbaugh, Beck, FOX News, the Climate Depot/Audit/Mungton/WUWT/Inhofe/Republic-Tea Party complex, Koch/AFP/Climategate/Heritage/Cato/WSJ/Freedomworks/MRC complex and the lesser lights such as jimhoft, Drudge, Breitbart, WND, NRO and bottomfeeders such as Teach work overtime to keep their “tribe” in line.

    Their (your) objective is not to inform but to mislead. You deserve condemnation for your dishonesty. On the other hand, the people you mislead daily deserve help and the truth.

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