The hyper-conservative and fundamental Christian organization, the American Family Association, generally gets its fame from gay-bashing and attacking issues surrounding the continuing fight for women’s rights. Bryan J. Fischer, the Director of Issues Analysis for the AFA, has a radio show on American Family Radio called “Focal Point.” Yesterday, Nov. 29, he had Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance on his show, wherein they came to an agreement that we’re basically crushing the Judeo-Christian heart when we don’t burn oil as fast as we can. The Cornwall Alliance is an organization that claims to be “for the stewardship of Creation” and their “evangelical declaration on global warming” can be partially seen below:
WHAT WE DENY
- We deny that Earth and its ecosystems are the fragile and unstable products of chance, and particularly that Earth’s climate system is vulnerable to dangerous alteration because of minuscule changes in atmospheric chemistry. Recent warming was neither abnormally large nor abnormally rapid. There is no convincing scientific evidence that human contribution to greenhouse gases is causing dangerous global warming.
- We deny that alternative, renewable fuels can, with present or near-term technology, replace fossil and nuclear fuels, either wholly or in significant part, to provide the abundant, affordable energy necessary to sustain prosperous economies or overcome poverty.
- We deny that carbon dioxide—essential to all plant growth—is a pollutant. Reducing greenhouse gases cannot achieve significant reductions in future global temperatures, and the costs of the policies would far exceed the benefits.
- We deny that such policies, which amount to a regressive tax, comply with the Biblical requirement of protecting the poor from harm and oppression.
The vast majority of scientists would disagree, but I’m not here to debunk climate claims from fundamentalists. It will suffice to say that they are fundamentally wrong on nearly every point. This was merely to provide background on the two men speaking in the following interview, via Right Wing Watch:
Here’s the transcript with commentary:
DR. CALVIN BEISNER: Let me just connect that to a biblical parable, the parable of the talents. You know, the unfaithful steward. The wicked and lazy steward, as the master calls him. The one who buried his talent in the ground and didn’t do anything with it to multiply it. That’s essentially what those who say we need to stop using oil and natural gas are telling us to do, just leave those resources buried in the ground rather than pulling them out and multiplying their value for human benefit.
Well, although this seems to be the biblical parable equivalent of mixing metaphors, I’ll address it anyway. Whatever your opinions on the facts of climate change are, you must realize, of course, that natural gas and oil are going to run out eventually? Or maybe not. Regardless, the simple fact is that we’re talking about developing other forms of energy not only to replace fossil fuels, but also to extend their potential lifetime in use.
BRYAN FISCHER: You know, I remember one time Calvin, this is just flashing into my head, a birthday party when I was a young guy, I was probably, I don’t know, six or something like that, and I opened up a birthday present that I didn’t like. And I said it right out, “oh, I don’t like those.” You know, and it just crushed…and the person that gave me the gift was there! You know, I just kind of blurted it out, “I don’t like those.” And anyway, it just crushed that person. And you know it was enormously insensitive of me to do that, and you think, well that’s sort of how we’re treating God, when he’s giving us these gifts of abundant and inexpensive and effective fuel sources. And we don’t thank him for it and we don’t use it. You know, you know the scriptures said, “It’s the glory of God conceal a matter, it is the glory of kings to search it out.” So part of what God, you know God’s buried those treasures there because he loves to see us find them, and put them to use.
Ah. So they see themselves as the equivalent of a six-year-old — searching for buried treasure — that doesn’t know how to properly treasure the REAL gift — our planet itself. At least, that’s how I would envision a religious person viewing our wonderful world. Not “oh, yeah, God gave it to us. It’s cool to do everything we can to completely f&%@ it up.” In fact, their attitude completely validates an opinion editorial that I wrote last week.
And he said we don’t use it? Oh, Mr. Fischer, we certainly do. The U.S. alone uses around 18 million barrels of oil every day. Whether you thank the Christian God for it isn’t really relevant to the use. Also, “abundant” isn’t really all that true. As I already pointed out, oil will run out — most projections give us between forty and fifty years left, which is well within many of our lifetimes, including mine. When he says “inexpensive,” he doesn’t talk about the cost he’s referring to — whether monetary or otherwise. If he means monetary, we’d have to think of what to compare it to. If he means cost to other things, well, even though he’s a climate change denier, it’s hard to ignore the deaths and sicknesses that are directly and easily quantifiable. Oil spills and the dangers of fracking come to mind.
We better stop working on solar, wind and other energy resources though, readers. We’re hurting God’s feelings, and there’s no telling what will happen if the Almighty starts to cry. Hopefully it’ll be oil tears so that we can keep running our cars.