July 18, 2013 – Vol.18 No.18
CLIMATE CHANGE: AN ACT OF MAN OR GOD?
by Bruce Mulliken, Green Energy News
I'm not being disrespectful of people's beliefs when I ask this question: Do you know why the US has no Federal policy dealing with climate change? Because so many Americans, including politicians, believe that weather, extreme weather, and climate are acts of God. Thus so, if that's the case, and the climate is changing, then it's God's will: It's the way things are supposed to be.
As reported the web journal, The Raw Story, a study published in Political Research Quarterly: "End-Times Theology, the Shadow of the Future, and Public Resistance to Addressing Global Climate Change", concludes that the US has no climate change mitigation policy in part because of the large number of religious Americans who believe in the biblical end-times: the set expiration date for the world.
“The fact that such an overwhelming percentage of Republican citizens profess a belief in the Second Coming (76 percent in 2006, according to our sample) suggests that governmental attempts to curb greenhouse emissions would encounter stiff resistance even if every Democrat in the country wanted to curb them,” say David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado, authors of the study.
“It stands to reason that most nonbelievers would support preserving the Earth for future generations, but that end-times believers would rationally perceive such efforts to be ultimately futile, and hence ill-advised,” Barker and Bearce explained.
It's unlikely that Washington will take action on climate change. “That is, because of institutions such as the Electoral College, the winner-take-all representation mechanism, and the Senate filibuster, as well as the geographic distribution of partisanship to modern partisan polarization, minority interests often successfully block majority preferences,” Barker and Bearce wrote. “Thus, even if the median voter supports policies designed to slow global warming, legislation to effect such change could find itself dead on arrival if the median Republican voter strongly resists public policy environmentalism at least in part because of end-times beliefs.”
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