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It’s presumably not coincidental that YECA was formed in a presidential election year. “As young evangelicals, we are looking for a President who will lead our country and Congress in overcoming the climate crisis, through comprehensive climate legislation that centers around putting a price on carbon pollution.” They are demanding that presidential candidates prioritize “comprehensive climate legislation in the next administration.”
So YECA is essentially lobbying young evangelicals to support President Obama, though even he, having mostly remained silent about the climate over the last 4 years, is unlikely to resurrect it as a major theme in the future. The YECA website celebrates that Obama has “finally” mentioned global warming, in a recent Rolling Stone interview. YECA is pledging to target electoral swing states like Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.
So much for post-partisan evangelicals seeking to transcend the culture wars. The Evangelical Left, despite its verbiage, largely wants to persuade evangelicals to switch sides in the culture wars, abandoning marriage and abortion in favor of Big Government.
At a launch event in Washington, D.C. early this month, YECA activists met with the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation, and Greenpeace, or much of the main secular environmentalist priestcraft. As YECA noted, the summit was a “seemingly ironic swap of stereotypical roles,” since evangelicals were now encouraging environmentalists to “work harder for climate action.” Is there the implication that even professional environmentalists are weary of the global warming theme and ready for greener pastures elsewhere?
A YECA video warns of “powerful interests that profit from holding us back.” Who are these dark forces? Surely they are no more powerful than the billions of dollars that governments globally continue to expend in homage to global warming, not to mention millions of dollars from leftist philanthropies.
Despite all the dollars and genuflections, very few governments are meaningfully choosing curtailing carbon emissions over economic growth. Despite the West’s economic stagnation since 2008/2009, the global economy continues to grow, and the global south is the biggest winner.
Hundreds of millions globally have escaped poverty thanks to economic growth. And evangelicals who really care about the poor should pray their numbers increase no matter the increased carbon emissions. The grim message of global warming alarmists, based more on ideology than science, privileges a mythological climate ideal over higher living standards for the world’s poorest. That message is a loser, and thankfully so.
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