The climate denial movement has been going from strength to strength for the last decade, as a handful of scientists, pundits, and Christian fundamentalists have helped fuel its narrative that the scientific consensus is against human-caused climate change.
The latest push to derail that consensus comes from a group of Christian fundamentalist Christians who believe the Bible’s creation accounts were not written by humans but rather by a “supernatural” creator who was responsible for the entire world’s climate.
They’re pushing for the creation of a biblical man-made global warming “crisis” by arguing that the Bible does not contain a mention of global warming and that the entire planet’s climate system is fundamentally unstable and unpredictable.
In the latest version of their biblical manmade climate change agenda, the House of Representatives, led by conservative Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), is introducing a resolution calling for the House to rescind the 2015 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that concluded that humans were responsible for climate change and that there was a crisis of biblical proportions.
“In the meantime, we encourage the Committee to continue to pursue and implement its bipartisan and bipartisan Congressional Climate Action Task Force to address this crisis of Biblical proportions.””
We respectfully urge the House Judiciary Committee to pass this resolution and send it to the Senate Judiciary Committee,” the draft reads.
“In the meantime, we encourage the Committee to continue to pursue and implement its bipartisan and bipartisan Congressional Climate Action Task Force to address this crisis of Biblical proportions.”
The House Resolution also urges the House, in its entirety, to rescind all pending legislation to address the crisis of climate change.
“In the resolution’s opening paragraphs, it asserts that the report “cannot be trusted” and that it “does not provide the facts” because “it was commissioned by the U.S. Government and was not independently verified or peer reviewed by independent scientists.
“The resolution goes on to state that “it is imperative that the Senate and the House proceed to work toward finding common ground on this important issue.
“The resolution notes that the United States has “an established track record of supporting Congress in addressing climate change issues and that a Congressional Climate Task Force will continue to help address the issue of climate disruption and the urgent need to reduce CO2 emissions.
“Smith’s resolution is being backed by the Christian Coalition and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, two conservative Christian advocacy organizations.
Representative Lamar Smith introduced a resolution to rescind CRS findings on the global warming crisis.
https://t.co/x0cq0GpKq9pic.twitter.com/9sjgXZdWlw — Christian Coalition (@CCS_Christian) February 5, 2019The resolution is not the first time that conservative Christians have sought to undermine the CRS’s findings.
In September 2016, a group led by David Barton, a former chairman of the Tea Party, called on the House Republican Conference to pass a resolution demanding that the committee stop “investigating and studying the science of climate.”
The motion, called the “Crisis in Biblical Times,” is not binding, but it has become a rallying cry for conservative Christians to push back against scientific findings that challenge their religious beliefs.”
The Bible does NOT contain a statement that the world’s temperature is in a catastrophic crisis, that the planet is experiencing a ‘temperature emergency,’ or that the Earth is undergoing a ‘climate catastrophe,'” Barton added. “
There is a crisis in Biblical times, and there is nothing in the Bible to justify such a conclusion.”
“The Bible does NOT contain a statement that the world’s temperature is in a catastrophic crisis, that the planet is experiencing a ‘temperature emergency,’ or that the Earth is undergoing a ‘climate catastrophe,'” Barton added.
“The Bible is a scientific work and it is based on scientific principles, and it does NOT say that the earth is a laboratory of human creation.”
The Christian Coalition, which is chaired by Barton, also sent a letter to the House in October 2016 urging lawmakers to rescind a draft resolution calling on the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology to investigate and “study the scientific evidence for climate disruption.”
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Science and the Environment is tasked with investigating the climate crisis and is expected to take up the resolution next week.