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Climate changecomment (0)

April 10, 2008

I happen to be a climate scientist (Alabama’s state climatologist, too) who specifically publishes in scientific literature on the climate and climate change. I was a lead author of the 2001 IPCC and contributed to the others. (See my Web site for more information: http://www.nsstc.uah.edu/atmos/christy.html.)

People like me test hypotheses on global warming and are skeptical of the popular perception of dramatic changes promoted by the recent stories. My (and others’) skepticism is founded in the hard numbers of our science — published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Baptist Press contacted me the middle of March when the 40 or so Baptist leaders felt they should sign something to show their concern for the planet. This was a mistake and I hope they understand this since environmental advocates are using this to smear our denomination and to further their own agenda (to quote a co-founder of Greenpeace, an anti-human agenda.). In my dealings with many on this issue, I’m aware of the highly paid advocacy from environmental firms who are specifically targeting leaders in religious organizations with their sweet-sounding message of "creation care" to "save God’s creation." These people serve their own interests, which in no way meshes with advocating on behalf of the gospel. I fear that entangling ourselves in such issues will divert us from our primary mission.

John Christy
Huntsville, Ala.

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