Saturday, September 27, 2014

Hotwhopper's peek at the Cornwall Alliance

{Sou,  I've been working, on and off, on a detailed review of the way too long Cornwall Alliance's A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming.  You've given me renewed incentive to get back to it and finish it.  Thanks for posting this look at the Cornwall Alliance and their assault on rational learning. CC  }

Until I finish my next project I want to share this article that was posted at Sou's, the blog that does the best job of tracking Anthony's Watts' nonstop flood of increasingly disconnected claims and insinuations.
(I've shared three more links to other interesting articles about the Cornwall Alliance at the end of this.) 
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Sou - September 27, 2014 @wattsupwiththat 
Evangelical Deniers:
 The poorest and most vulnerable and the lowest of the low

You know how Anthony Watts on occasion has criticised other people for using photoshopped images or "fake" photos to illustrate a point, while at the same time faking images of his own. Well, he's done it again. This time pinching a photo from a company bringing cleaner energy to Africa (and South America), to argue that his readers should instead pollute "poor people" out of existence.
{on a related note also see:  June 27, 2013 Dr. Nils-Axel Morner's Maldives Tree - what's up with that?}
Compare and contrast - WUWT touting dirty energy (and religion), while using a photo about how a company helped a family in Rwanda move to cleaner cooking! (Scroll to the bottom.) 
Today WUWT and CFACT (archived here) are touting support for the pseudo-religious cult, the Cornwall Alliance. (I've written about that organisation before.) The WUWT article has the headline: 
Protect the poor – from climate change policies 
The CFACT chap boasts that in seven years, the Cornwall Alliance has managed to attract a 150 people, stating that: "More than 150 have already signed the declaration." and urges WUWT readers to "Sign the declaration" of the Cornwall Alliance. 
If you look back at the WayBack Machine, what that means is that 1350 people must have retracted their signature sometime since 22 September 2008! What's surprising is that this bunch of cranks got "1,500 individuals" to sign it in the first place. I'm not so surprised that 150 of them stuck it out. There will always be cranks and charlatans in the world. [Correction: KR has pointed out that this hypocritical cult is promoting a new document, pretending to care about poor people while promoting fossil fuel industry interests. Sou. 27 September 2014]

At WUWT they talk of "Stewardship of Creation", which is not to be confused with stewardship of Earth. Looking after natural resources is not necessary, according to this crowd. They "believe Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence —are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory." That gives them the excuse to do whatever they want to, including harm the environment.
As Victor Venema once wryly commented, 
You wonder why God did not make the economy "in a robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting product of God’s wise design way", so that they do not have to worry about their alarmist economical "predictions".

About that photo - it's from Rwanda
You know how deniers hate polar bear photos? Well, WUWT and/or CFACT and/or the Cornwall Alliace decided to go the emotional route themselves. Today at WUWT there is a photo of a woman and infant bending over a wood stove, to support their illogical, inconsistent plea to burn more fossil fuel and exacerbate global warming. Being of a curious and sceptical nature, I decided to check it out. ...

Please visit Sou's website for the rest of this story...

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
global warming is a religion

Yet another embarrassing  petition by the Cornwall Alliance emerged:

As the product of infinitely wise design, omnipotent creation, and faithful sustaining (Genesis 1:1–31; 8:21–22), Earth is robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting. Although Earth and its subsystems, including the climate system, are susceptible to some damage by ignorant or malicious human action, God’s wise design and faithful sustaining make these natural systems more likely—as confirmed by widespread scientific observation—to respond in ways that suppress and correct that damage than magnify it catastrophically.
the ‘scientific’ part of the petition is nothing but a bunch of non sequiturs and red herrings. ...

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MAY 2011
The US evangelicals who believe environmentalism is a 'native evil'

The Cornwall Alliance, a prominent group of religious thinkers in the US, explains why it urges followers to 'resist the Green Dragon'

"Watching from afar how the environmental debate plays out in the US can be perplexing for many onlookers. Arguably, nowhere is the so-called "culture war" between left and right so heavily fought.

What is often not fully absorbed by onlookers, though, is the underlying role that religious doctrine – or "pulpit power" - plays in the environmental debate in the US. On the one hand, you have the "Creation Care" movement which is prevalent in some quarters of the Christian Church. On the other, particularly among evangelicals, you often see a vitriolic reaction aimed towards environmentalism.

Just last month, a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors found that 41% strongly disagreed with the statement: "I believe global warming is real and manmade." The survey also found that 52% of the pastors address the issue of the environment with their churches once a year or less, with evangelical pastors speaking less often on the environment than mainline pastors. ..."

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JUNE 19, 2010

"Defenders of the dirty energy status quo, particularly the lobbyists and politicians associated with the oil and coal industry, have repeatedly trotted out a group of evangelical leaders known as the Cornwall Alliance to counter the growing sentiment in the evangelical community that anthropogenic climate change is a threat to God’s creation. Cornwall declares that true Christians believe “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human contribution to greenhouse gases is causing dangerous global warming.”  

In this repost, Wonk Room exposes the Big Oil funding behind the Cornwall Alliance ..."

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