'Godly dominion' versus climate change debate

Thursday, December 3, 2015
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Bible in lap (black-and-white)There's been a lot of discussion about what some are calling man-made climate change and what policies mean for the economy, but what is the faith response? 

There are people of various religions that say something should be done to combat what they refer to as man-made climate change or global warming.

That includes self-identified Christians and Christian ministries, who point to scripture about stewardship as the reason for curbing emissions from man's use of fossil fuels, something people believe contributes to climate change.

On the other side of the argument are groups like the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.

Founder and spokesman Cal Beisner says we are called as Christians to be good stewards of God's earth, but reducing the use of fossil fuels would be bad stewardship.

Beisner, Dr. Cal (Cornwall Alliance)"We at the Cornwall Alliance believe that godly dominion means enhancing the fruitfulness, the beauty and the safety of the earth to the glory of God and the benefit of our neighbors," Beisner tells OneNewsNow.

But fighting climate change, he says, "is not an obvious inference from that."

While individuals, think tanks and special interest groups say emissions from man's burning of fossil fuels are causing warmer temperatures, among other things, Beisner says questions remain about how big a role emissions play into the situation.

"There are factual questions," he says, "questions about how much warming you get from adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere that simply must be answered realistically, credibly, before any kind of response, any kind of responsibility, begins to take shape."

According to Beisner, "the best scientific evidence is that adding CO2 to the atmosphere has extremely small impact on global average temperature."

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