Source: A Q&A with Paul Douglas, the evangelical Christian Republican poster boy for climate change, By Brian Lambert, Minnpost, March 4, 2015.
Notes: From his interview with Brian Lambert, here is the extended quote by Paul Douglas:
"It is true the American public is not being well-informed. I’ll tell you, Brian (Lambert), I don’t talk to many people under the age of 35 who question climate science. And of course, it’s not just climate change. Pick your topic. It’s also vaccines. GMO foods. People accept science up to the point it becomes political.
It’s funny. I’ve had a number of appearances on MSNBC lately, with Chris Hayes and Ed Schultz, to talk about extreme weather and to connect the dots with climate change. I think they call because I’m the evangelical Christian Republican who’s concerned about such things. They view me as a curiosity. I think they have sympathy for me. I’m sort of an albino unicorn to them.
But what I’m trying to do is convince people that acknowledging climate change doesn’t make you liberal. It makes you literate.
I had a Tea Party guy at one my presentations recently. He got up and said, 'For everything Paul just mentioned there’s another explanation.' And I had to say that, 'You’re welcome to your opinion. You’re entitled to it. But at this point, debating climate science is roughly equivalent to debating gravity.'
And the thing is, the “debate,” if you can call it that, really is just here in the United States. China gets it. The debate is over in Europe. Only here, with the powerful vested interests, the special interests and the money in play, is it still a 'debate.'"
Besides Paul Douglas, other noted evangelical Christian conservatives who accept the science of climate change include climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Dr. Richard Alley, and former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis. Also worth mentioning with this groug is Dr. Barry Bickmore, a devout Mormon, active Republican, and a professor of geochemistry at Brigham Young University. Although he does not affiliate himself with a political party, Calvin DeWitt is an environmental scientist who researches climate change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a vocal evangelical Christian.
All these examples and others show that you can be an evangelical religious conservative and accept climate science.
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