Monday, July 24, 2006

Compare and contrast

If you were heartened by Anglican church leaders' complete acceptance of the coming climate crisis, you'll want to vomit when you see this press release. The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, a conservative evangelical group dedicated to fighting the prudent and now-essential steps needed to ameliorate climate change because such efforts would have:
... the unintended consequence of serious harm to the world's poor, delaying for decades or generations their rise from poverty and its attendant high rates of disease and premature death, and robbing them of the very tools they need to protect themselves from catastrophes ...
... is holding a press conference on the subject tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25, 10:00 am, at the National Press Club on F and 14th NW.

Of course, they're entirely full of CR@P. Among the speakers is, unsurprisingly, James Tonkowich, the president of the ever predictable Institute on Religion and Democracy. These guys are operating within a conservative political context, not a moral one. They should be completely ashamed of themselves. The economic consequences of climate change on the world's poor will be far greater than simply a delay in economic development -- it will involve the displacement of potentially hundreds of millions of people as previously marginal land become complely unarable. I wonder how these guys sleep at night.

I'm going to try to be there, but I don't know how to get in. Drop me an email between now and then if you'll be there, too.

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