Since when do Evangelicals believe in science? As Evangelicals, they’re still waiting for the rapture. They don’t actually give a rat’s ass about the environment.
Their leaders are gay-bashing televangelists who deceive old ladies with promises of faith-healing if they’ll only just send their last twenty dollars. They lose no sleep if she’s got nothing left to eat but dog food.
What the Evangelicals bring to the table of this crony-alliance is their perception management resources – A vast network of mega-churches within which consent can be manufactured for just about anything, no matter how perverse (torture, warantless spying, wars of aggression, planned misery). Their ability to achieve results is undeniable. They’ve delivered many political victories to the most morally-bankrupt politicians alive.
Since when do CEOs of oil companies care for anything beyond the next quarter’s profits? These guys have made record profits during wartime while working families are gouged at the gas pump.
Now that they’ve finally realized that there’s a global movement which will only increase in scale, scope, and funding, they want a piece of the action. I remain unconvinced they actually understand the problem from a scientific perspective or that they would actually care if they did understand.
I’m confident they’re doing this because they’re anticipating getting a cut of federal funding (Just as Pat Robertson intercepted funds for Katrina victims), coopting the environmental movement, watering down the response, spreading misinformation, and generally sabotaging the response to the global environmental crisis.
We know this from experience. Some of us have been paying attention to the response to hurricane Katrina and to Bush’s war crimes in Iraq. All they can see is an opportunity to profit from the suffering of others, and to further consolidate power.
We remember Mike Brown, FEMA, the deliberate neglect of the Katrina victims, the deliberate gentrification of New Orleans, Halliburton’s no-bid contracts in Iraq and New Orleans, $60 hammers, $25 each for crappy MREs, dirty water pumped from the Euphrates and served as drinking water to our soldiers in Iraq, other contractors delivered defective body-armor.
I’ll never trust a bunch of war-profiteering CEOs and war-mongering Evangelical TV preachers. This whole initiative is just a fig-leaf for the worst criminals in the world: pollluters, war-profiteers, price-gouging oil companies, religious con-men, Bush-collaborators.
I’m convinced their coalition is pit of vipers. I’ll give them credit for one thing: they’ve got the best public relations consultants money can buy. We’ll be keeping an eye on them.
Here’s an excerpt from their website:
Does addressing climate change mean we’re becoming liberals?
Climate change is not a liberal issue. It is a profound problem for people Jesus loves, people Jesus died to save.
Are we working with environmentalists?
No. While we are not working with environmentalists, and are critical of some of their views and approaches, we also feel that once we have established our own voice on this issue we should use this as an opportunity to share the gospel with those who care about “environmental” issues…