Well today sees Rick Santorum finally calling an end to his bid to become the Republican nomination for US president. I’ve been meaning to blog about his views on climate change for a while so hear goes. Santorum went further than all the Republican candidates who ran for the presidental nomination, the vast majority have stated that the science on climate change is unsettled. However, Satorum goes further and says climate change is “an absolute travesty of scientific research …”. Indeed he has called Obama’s theology phony and not based on the bible because he sides with radical environmentalists! For reporting on this Bible-tinged climate change denial see this article.
Unfortunately the Christian theology of “dominion” has and still is contributing to environmental degradation. You can read my own views on the use of dominion in Genesis 1 here. The Bible actually says is that the Earth is not ours to use and misuse as we please, but
“The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24:1)
According to recent polls evangelical Christians are the least likely to agree that humans play a role in climate change and also the most likely to indicate that there is no scientific proof that climate change exists. Yet, some scientists and Christians are suggesting that this has nothing to do with theology, and more to do with political science. Environmental issues are often seen as liberal agenda items and many conservative information sources present climate change as a theory rather than scientific fact. A recent study stated that views were strongly partisan, with 78% of Democrats believing in climate change and only 47% of Republicans. Although, I have heard of a study that shows that the carbon footprints of Democrats and Republicans are no different, in other words whatever you believe people are not doing anything about it! Incidentally I also heard that this is true of climate scientist themselves who have the highest carbon footprints of any discipline.