In “Meteorologist Tells Christians: Climate Change Is Real,” Opposing Views columnist Michael Allen misrepresents The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, of which I’m founder and national spokesman.
He writes that we have “encouraged evangelical leaders to deny man-made climate change” and co-sponsored a “climate change denial conference.” On the contrary, our “Open Letter on Climate Change to the People … of the United States of America” (signed by hundreds of scientists and other experts) begins, “Human-induced climate change, also known as anthropogenic global warming (AGW), is real.”
As even a cursory reading of our many major papers and articles on the subject reveals, we explicitly affirm that human activity influences climate change at local and regional (land-use changes, water use, etc.) and global (CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions) scales. We believe human emissions of CO2 make the atmosphere warmer than it otherwise would be.
We argue, however, on the basis of empirical observation, that CO2’s warming effect is smaller than that asserted by people like Paul Douglas and Mitch Hescox, publication of whose book Caring for Creation: An Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment was the occasion for Allen’s article. Although there is much more to it, our argument can be summed up thus:…
Read the full article at Townhall.