The WeGetIt.org Campaign is a national effort to gather one million signatures on a simple statement by which Christians can show that they are united behind Biblical perspectives on the environment and the poor. The campaign has been endorsed by thousands of pastors, Christian leaders, policy-makers, and theologians, as well as national and state organizations. It is conducting outreach across the country to pastors and people in the pews, African-American and Hispanic church leaders, youth, artists, home-schoolers, evangelical scientists, Congressional and state policy-makers, and other Christian leaders.
For over a decade polls have shown that few evangelicals consider global warming to be a major challenge. They are the most skeptical segment of the American population with regard to climate change, and they differ most from the general public on this issue.
The science is not settled on global warming. There is not a scientific consensus that global warming is primarily man-made or likely to be catastrophic. Many qualified scientists with expertise in climatology, meteorology, and other related fields question the media-driven “conventional wisdom” on climate change. Over 31,000 have signed “The Oregon Petition,” denying that human action is the primary driver of climate change and that it is dangerous and affirming instead that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for the earth.
Full implementation of the Paris climate treaty completed in 2015 would reduce global average temperature in the year 2100 by only about 0.3˚F but would cost $70 to $140 Trillion—money that would be far better spent providing pure drinking water, sewage sanitation, electricity, nutrition, health care, and better housing for the world’s poor. Implementing the treaty would trap billions in poverty around the world and force millions in developed countries—especially the poor and elderly—back into poverty through skyrocketing energy costs.
Efforts to cut greenhouse gases hurt the poor. By making energy less affordable and accessible, mandatory emissions reductions drive up the costs of consumer products, stifle economic growth, cost jobs, and impose especially harmful effects on the Earth’s poorest people. Each of the series of increasingly expensive national and international policies and treaties to fight global warming costs hundreds of billions of dollars each year, gobbling up many times more every year than the estimated one-time price of providing sanitation and clean drinking water to the nearly 2 billion poor people in the world who lack them now.
A panel of eight of the world’s most distinguished economists, including four Nobel laureates, examined various proposals for dealing with climate change by reducing carbon emissions. The expert panel, in what has come to be known as the “Copenhagen Consensus,” regarded these proposals as “bad projects” and “having costs that were likely to exceed the benefits.”
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