If you’re a conservative you probably think that climate change is fake. If you’re a liberal climate change is near and dear to you. If you are somewhere in between you are probably ambivalent, or even apathetic.

A recent Pew survey showed that fewer Americans think that Global Warming (or climate change) is real. 57% this year think it is real, as compared to 71% last year. I have a hunch that this is because of the favor Republicans have won back with the American Public. According to RealClearPolitics.com, while the country was mostly Democrat in party identification a year ago, it is now pretty close to half and half, or even a little more Republican.

I have a hunch that the two are connected. Rush Limbaugh hates global warming proponents. When I listen to him on the radio, he loves to poke fun at anyone who thinks the environment is an issue. In fact, he calls them “environmentalist whackos”. But, he does this from a politically motivated point of view. I personally want to engage the environment from a Christian point of view. I’m an Evangelical who thinks that I can worship God by caring for his creation. That leads me and Mr. Limbaugh to different conclusions on the value of ecology.

But, global warming science itself has come under fire recently. Reputable sources like Der Spiegel thinks that global warming has stalled (a German paper, Europeans are not that conservative by American standards). While the political left continues to cry for environmental legislation, political conservatives look at the recent leaked emails about climate science as evidence that the whole theory is a sham. I found it funny that Al Gore appeared on NBC’s green week episode of 30 Rock, but his cameo appearance almost seemed to mock his own agenda.

So the public’s reception has changed in regard to Global Warming and catastrophic Climate Change. But, the debate still rages on. My personal opinion is influenced by chaos theory – that there are too many variables for us to make models of the climate.

My advice is that we put aside the political rhetoric, and think rationally about things. Let’s try to leave as little of a mark on the world as possible (in terms of environment, not influence). My faith drives me to want to take some steps toward caring for God’s creation, or what some to the left call environmentalism. Yet, my motivation is not political, it’s based on faith.

I guess that is really the point I’m trying to make here. When it comes to Climate Change, or anything else, we need to sort through all the rhetoric and make an informed, faith based, decision on the matter.

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