In February, 86 evangelical Christian leaders backed the Evangelical Climate Initiative, calling for federal legislation to reduce CO2 emissions.
Opposing them is a group called the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance who are collecting signatures in support of a document
arguing against the existence of anthropogenic global warming. It’s the usual discredited stuff: Oregon petition, Peiser’s discredited claims, Bray’s bogus survey etc etc. The most interesting argument is on page 12:
It is ironic that many supporters of the ECI rely heavily on the claim
of scientific consensus to buttress their view of global warming. The
role of the IPCC in climate studies is similar to that of the Jesus
Seminar in New Testament scholarship in the 1990s and Darwinism for
the past century. It is a self-selecting group with a narrow point of
view favored by the political left and mainstream media, and it tends
to respond to critics with derision or dismissal rather than collegial
engagement. Evangelicals have been quick to criticize the process
behind the Jesus Seminar and Darwinism. They have resisted the idea
that complex scholarly issues could be decided by a majority vote
among club members. Those same critical instincts need to be kept in
place when evaluating claims of consensus on global warming.
If I were to liken Global Warming Skeptics to Creationists, I’d probably get complaints about how unfair I was being, but here they did it themselves.
So who are the authors of this document? Four evangelicals:
- E. Calvin Beisner, who is a Creationist
- Paul K. Driessen, who helps spread the DDT ban myth
- Ross McKitrick, who has his own category on this blog
- Roy W. Spencer, who is a Creationist
I wonder if McKitrick is a Creationist as well?