Oh good… a quantification of what many of us have suspected for a while:
Research by David C. Barker of the University of Pittsburgh and David H. Bearce of the University of Colorado uncovered that belief in the biblical end-times was a motivating factor behind resistance to curbing climate change.
“[T]he fact that such an overwhelming percentage of Republican citizens profess a belief in the Second Coming (76 percent in 2006, according to our sample) suggests that governmental attempts to curb greenhouse emissions would encounter stiff resistance even if every Democrat in the country wanted to curb them,” Barker and Bearce wrote in their study, which will be published in the June issue of Political Science Quarterly.
That’s right – the same anti-science crowd that believes the earth is 6000 years old also is preventing meaningful attempts at fixing the environment. Why? Because they have become the worst sort imagined during the Reformation – their own magisterium.
- Climate Change Denial vs. Science at Texas Legislature (texasvox.org)
- Bad fruit from bad theology… (houseofthedread.wordpress.com)
- Study finds belief in free market economics predicts rejection of science (syndicatednewsservices.com)