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September 23, 2008

McCain and Palin divided over causes of global warming

John McCain has repeatedly said in his campaign that humans causes global warming while his running mate has publicly questioned scientists' claims, the Washington Post reports.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin established a sub-cabinet to deal with climate change issues a year ago, but she has focused on how to adapt to global warming rather than how to combat it, Juliet Eilperin writes.

"She fought the administration's listing of polar bears as threatened with extinction because of shrinking sea ice" Eilperin writes. "Palin sued to overturn the decision on the grounds that it will 'have a significant adverse impact on Alaska because additional regulation of the species and its habitat . . . will deter activities such as commercial fisheries, oil and gas exploration and development, transportation and tourism within and off-shore of Alaska.'"

Several evangelicals have called for policies that care for the environment, but many are still divided over global warming. Christianity Today's earlier coverage of global warming includes news articles and opinion pieces.

Comments

I wouldn't call Palin's state legislative efforts "adapting" to global climate change -- this is purely local business protectionism. Adapting to this global crisis will take profound leadership and smart funding to develop technologies to forecast, reduce and mitigate the most severe impacts of this phenomenon. Palin maybe a hot-headed governor for the state of Alaska. But she would make a very lukewarm American/world leader.

It seems clear that she has a conflict of interest in this regard since her husband makes part of his livelihood as a fisherman and she directly benefits from his business.

Many evangelical leaders have taken the stance that global warming is caused by nature, not by humans. Now, my question is, why are they getting involved in this issue in the first place? This is a scientific issue, not a religious one (unless you want to talk about caring for God's creation). I've always wandered if these evangelicals were investors in businesses that might have contributed to global warming, and they're more concerned about their money. One point conservatives (and I'm one) don't seem to get is that we need to spend, or give up, a little bit of money now in order to prevent spending a heck of a lot later on.

Church leaders who tie global warming to human carbon emissions better be prepared for the same egg-based facial wash on the church leaders who claimed Copernicus was wrong, in his claim that the earth orbited around the sun.

We are seeing the coolest year in a decade, and funny, sunspot activity is also de minimis.

Thomas Kuhn warned us long ago that scientists are religious. Let's seek the truth the way Jesus did, not by the weak claims of consensus.

It is a measurable fact that sea levels are rising at an historically unprecedented rate. Sea levels rise for two reasons: water warming (expanding) and water volume increasing. The first reason doesn't appear to be much of a factor lately so the rise must be mostly due to an increase in sea water volume probably due to melting (read warming) ice in the polar regions. Government agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers, which administers coastal-related projects, is studying this and formulating plans with our tax dollars. Believe it.

Any one in the US who denies that global warming is caused by carbon emissions and the like?
But of course natural phenomena are also contributing to the problem. I mean, I believe both of them could be the cause.

I don't believe global warming is man made.Scientists are going through 6,000 logs (of which there are over 100,000) of the Royal Navy which detailed record of climate including air pressure, wind strength, air and sea temperature and major meteorological disturbances.There was rapid warming during the 1730's and severe storms such as we see today during the so-called Little Ice Age that affected Europe from about 1600 to 1850. There's also record of warming trends on Mars. What do they have in common - the sun and reduced solar flare activity. Global warming as taught today is the new religion of the left.

Sea levels rise for two reasons: water warming (expanding) and water volume increasing. The first reason doesn't appear to be much of a factor lately so the rise must be mostly due to an increase in sea water volume probably due to melting (read warming) ice in the polar regions. Government agencies like the US Army Corps of Engineers, which administers coastal-related projects, is studying this and formulating plans with our tax dollars.