The House of Representatives was the site yesterday of more mainline silliness on the subject of global warming, as reported by the National Council of Churches:

The religious community’s moral imperative to combat climate change and protect those living in poverty was discussed yesterday at a U.S. House of Representatives briefing.

The Rt. Rev. James Jones, the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, England and the Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, associate general secretary for justice and advocacy at the National Council of Churches USA (NCC) joined forces in addressing a Capitol Hill audience.

“The Bible calls us to care for all of God’s creation,” said Bishop Jones.


“The science of anthropogenic climate change is incontrovertible.

False, and it isn’t even close.

“It is the poor who are most immediately impacted by changes in our climate; it is the poor who are least able to act to change our world.

Evidence, please.

The wealthy nations still feel little of the effects of climate change, yet they are most able to act for the sake of the poor and for the sake of the earth. We must act at three levels–personally, parochially within our communities and publicly through our policies,” said the bishop.

The bishop, expert climatologist that he is, no doubt knows exactly what needs to be done, but the NCC story isn’t saying what that is. His comrade in arms isn’t saying either:

The Rev. Girton-Mitchell echoed the bishop’s sentiments; “It is our call to help our faith communities understand that climate change has a huge impact on those things that we see as more immediate concerns. Climate change impacts healthcare, food availability, our homes, and our families.”

How exactly is that? The lack of details in a story like this is maddening.

Bishop Jones and the Rev. Girton-Mitchell articulated the need to protect those living in poverty around the world from the effects of climate change.

“As Europeans and Americans, it is our responsibility to act first to ensure that we protect those who are least able to adapt while empowering the rest of the world to make the necessary changes to prevent climate change,” said the Rev. Girton-Mitchell.

That the strong and wealthy of the world need to help the weak and defenseless is true. What would be nice is if those who talk in such vague terms about such potentially civilization-altering actions would provide some evidence that they have even the remotest idea of the details. For instance, how about demonstrating the link between climate change and any particular effect it has had on any particular poor people or nation? Then it might be possible to take them seriously, rather than roll on the floor laughing, when we read something like this:

The briefing is part of a national effort by the NCC and other national and regional faith organizations to educate elected officials, congregations, and people of faith about the moral need to address climate change. The decade-long work of the U.S. faith community has enabled religious leaders around the country to vocalize their concern and conviction that the U.S. must act now to prevent irreparable damage.

So the NCC is going to “educate” us dumb clucks about what is so blindingly obvious that it is “incontrovertible”? And they’ve been at it for ten years? Was it “incontrovertible” ten years ago, or is it just that they’ve caught the religious fervor of the Goracle and can’t admit that maybe, just maybe, there are still some things we don’t know about climate change, what’s causing it, how bad it is and may be, and what we can do about it (if anything) that won’t make things worse?