[asa] Re: asa-digest V1 #6421

From: Anthony Perez-Miller <elentirmo@andunie.net>
Date: Sun Dec 17 2006 - 18:26:09 EST

As might be expected, the generalizations in the scienceblogs quote
are a wee bit too general. First, the greening of the "Christian
Right" is well underway, if that term is taken to encompass
conservative Evangelicals as well as Fundamentalists (and granting
that the latter will likely remain unswayed by environmental debate).

And -- as is the case with most conspiracy theories -- there is an
element of truth to the paranoia. Consider the Kyoto Protocol, which
even if fully implemented would do little to slow climate change.
(Note that I'm taking Lomborg as an authority on that point, who
despite his unpopularity in certain circles is not a climate change
skeptic.) Kyoto's biggest effect seems rather to be an engine of
massive wealth transfer from the industrialized West to less developed
regions (and to industrially devolving nations such as Russia). In
some cases even those countries which expected to benefit have come to
rue signing on; just ask New Zealand how it's working out.

It doesn't take an alarmist to appreciate that treaties such as Kyoto
-do- lead to an erosion of national sovereignty, in the sense of
limiting states' freedom to act. One world government? No. But it
isn't just climate skeptics that find the Protocol dubious.

Perhaps that's why the Clinton-era Senate rejected it 99-0.


Anthony Perez-Miller
Dept of History & Philosophy of Science
Indiana University

On 12/17/06, asa-digest <asa-digest-owner@lists.calvin.edu> wrote:
> asa-digest Sunday, December 17 2006 Volume 01 : Number 6421
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 00:04:41 -0800
> From: PvM <pvm.pandas@gmail.com>
> Subject: [asa] Inhofe and global warming
> Is this why Janice is so concerned?
> - ----------Begin quote----------
> You may not be surprised to learn that, in the Right world, global
> warming does not exist. Nay-sayers have been making this claim since
> scientists first began sounding the alarm about climate change, and no
> amount of scientific evidence produced in the interim has had any
> effect on this conclusion. Some may be a little surprised, however, to
> learn just what it is that the Christian Right says its global warming
> adversaries are up to and why Americans should reject their claims. A
> member of Congress, James Inhofe (R-OK), was on hand at the Summit to
> instruct the hundreds of activists present, and the no doubt larger
> audience reached by other media, that global warming is a nefarious
> creation of the United Nations.
> Why did the UN cook up the idea of global warming? To "shut down
> the machine called America." In fact, we learned, global warming is a
> plot to destroy the US economy and to initiate one-world government--a
> goal not only of the UN but of the American political left more
> broadly. Establishing his Christian credentials, Inhofe invoked Romans
> 1:25 (For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and
> served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever)
> to suggest that taking steps to ameliorate global warming would
> constitute a form of idol worship. And he urged conferees to spread
> the word about the plot in their churches and in organizations of
> which they are members.
> - --------End Quote---------------
> http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2006/12/inhofes_conspiracy_theory.php#more
> From http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/01/11/opinion/main666190.shtml
> - ------Begin quote-------
> It looks as though Inhofe went rifling through the scientific
> literature to find someone criticizing Michael Mann without even
> bothering to understand the context of that criticism.
> - ------End quote------------
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