Tea Party Generally Opposed To Belief In Climate Change or Environmental Action

cartoon by Chris MaddenHopeTracker| America’s oil, coal and utility industries have collectively spent $500 million just since the beginning of 2009 to lobby against legislation to address climate change in the US Congress, and to defeat candidates who support environmental legislation according to the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a left-leaning advocacy group in Washington, says the New York Times

A new report details expenditures of corporations for lobbying and political contributions that effect bills around climate change.

The vast majority of Tea Party candidates don’t believe that global warming exists in a way that harms the planet on a short-term basis. Most argue that it’s part of the cycle of evolutionary climate change that has existed for billions of years — unless you interpret the Bible literally.

Literal interpretation of the Bible, Tea Party supporters say that God gave man the right to use the earth for his own advancement. This belief in man’s (not woman’s) God-given right to use nature as he sees fit is a key tenet of monotheism and the Old Testament.

This core belief in which man assumes dominion over nature evolved in concurrence with Aristotle’s evolutionary philosophy about the rights of man, not only religion’s. (See Anne’s Returning Ancient Greek ‘Person’ Status to Dolphins)

“It’s a flat-out lie,” Mr. Norman Dennison, founder of the Corydon, Indiana Tea Party, said in an interview after a recent political debate. Dennison says that he bases his view on the preaching of Rush Limbaugh and the teaching of Scripture. “I read my Bible,” Dennison. “He made this earth for us to utilize.”

Those who support the Tea Party movement are considerably more dubious about the existence and effects of global warming than the American public at large, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll conducted this month. The survey found that only 14 percent of Tea Party supporters said that global warming is an environmental problem that is having an effect now, while 49 percent of the rest of the public believes that it is. More than half of Tea Party supporters said that global warming would have no serious effect at any time in the future, while only 15 percent of other Americans share that view, the poll found.

And 8 percent of Tea Party adherents volunteered that they did not believe global warming exists at all, while only 1 percent of other respondents agreed. via New York Times