Climate change and the paymasters of the Anglican Right

From The New York Times :

“PARIS, Feb. 2 — In a bleak and powerful assessment of the future of the planet, the leading international network of climate change scientists has concluded for the first time that global warming is “unequivocal” and that human activity is the main driver, “very likely” causing most of the rise in temperatures since 1950.

They said the world is already committed to centuries of warming, shifting weather patterns and rising seas, resulting from the buildup of gases in the atmosphere that trap heat. But the warming can be substantially blunted by prompt action, the panel of scientists said in a report released here today. ”

Read it all, and then consider that the groups devoted to disputing the scientific consensus on this issue–the George C. Marshall Institute and the American Enterprise Institute for instance–are funded by Howard Ahmanson, Richard Melon Scaife and some of the other paymasters of the Anglican right.

People on the grass roots level of the dispute within our Communion over human sexuality may be acting out of sincere conviction, but it is no use pretending that the largese of conservative culture warriors isn’t essential in fueling the struggle. When they can’t win a debate, they attempt to buy it. That’s what is happening in the Episcopal Church. That’s what is happening on global warming. That’s what is happening in the Intelligent Design movement, which is funded by the same people.

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