Calvin Beisner

Mystified by all the news lately that “conservative, evangelical Christians” have suddenly become very worried about climate change when none of your conservative, evangelical Christian friends have done so?

Perplexed by reports that “conservative, evangelical Christians” spoke out in favor of the federal EPA’s new proposed rule requiring 30% cuts in CO2 emissions from power plants by 2030?

There’s a pretty easy explanation, the old newspaper editor’s rule of thumb: “Dog bites man, no news. Man bites dog, news.” News, because it’s so unusual.

America’s mainstream media always go gaga when they can find a few outspoken conservative, evangelical Christians toeing the liberal party line on some social issue—whether abortion, homosexuality, same-sex “marriage,” or environmentalism—even if in their cases “conservative” describes solely their theological, not their political, views.

That’s clearly the case regarding feverish reports in everything from the New York Times to ClimateProgress, (i.e., from pretty far Left to way out in the wild Green yonder) where reporters with little or no background on any significant aspect of the issue—whether it be scientific debate over global warming, or skyrocketing electricity rates driven by renewable energy, or the decades-long divide between politically liberal (small minority) and politically conservative (large majority) evangelicals—bent over backward to create the appearance of near-unanimity among evangelicals in support of EPA’s new rule.

I know. I spent about 45 minutes on the phone with one from the New York Times who did his level best to ignore everything I told him about the science: no global warming for at least the last 17 years and 10 months; climate models utterly failed to predict that and therefore are invalid, leaving their predictions of climate catastrophe utterly non-credible; natural solar and oceanic cycles far outweigh carbon dioxide in controlling global temperature; complete compliance with the rule would, by EPA’s own estimates, achieve less than two tenths of a degree temperature reduction, an amount so small as to be undetectable.

Calvin Beisner

E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D., is Founder and National Spokesman of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation and former Associate Professor at Covenant College.