From the introductory page of the Evangelical Climate Initiative
Now is the time for followers of Christ to help solve the global warming crisis. There is overwhelming evidence that human activity is a major cause, and we know that the impacts of climate change would be hardest on the poor and vulnerable, and on future generations. · We need to act, and everyone has a role. Christian leaders can join more than 280 other senior evangelical leaders who have signed the Evangelical Call to Action on Climate Change. As Christian citizens we can learn more, make personal changes, and rally action. For policymakers, it’s time to make wise and moral choices to protect God’s world and its people. · Join us. Take the next step. [emphasis mine]
No one has a single “smoking gun” that could “prove” the anthropogenic influence on the climate system. That’s not the way science works. Our current best understanding of global warming is the product of over 100 years of thought and scientific research. We must appreciate the fundamental fact that nothing in science is ever “proven” (which is why we should never place our ultimate faith in any scientific claim). Our complete faith can only be in God as revealed in His word and in His Son!
But science can be very credible, and it can warrant a high degree of confidence. When climate scientists review the vast literature on climate change, as they did most recently in 2007, they say that they are 90% sure that people are warming the globe. That was the consensus position of all the scientists involved in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change process, which means that even government scientists from Saudi Arabia and the United States agreed. You wouldn’t get even the most convinced scientist to say he’s 100% sure of our current understanding of global warming, just that he’s very, very confident. That’s the nature of global warming science–it’s about the overwhelming preponderance of the evidence, not “proof” in the legal sense. [emphasis mine]
From the London Telegraph,
But perhaps the most damaging revelations ... are those concerning the way Warmist scientists may variously have manipulated or suppressed evidence in order to support their cause. [emphasis mine].More links HERE [thanks to Steve Hays]
People. The next time there is a big push among evangelicals to sign the current popular declaration or initiative in spite of vast theological difference between interested parties, this amusing fiasco should be kept in mind. Herein lies one of the main reasons Christians should exercise caution and restraint when they are pressured to put their name on something just because it currently is the popular thing to do.