Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Why Neil deGrasse Tyson Poses a Direct Threat to Creationists Pushing Climate Change Suicide

From Alternet:  http://www.alternet.org/environment/why-neil-degrasse-tyson-poses-direct-threat-creationists-pushing-climate-change-suicide

Why wouldn't creationists try to save the earth they believe God created?

By Dan Arel June 5, 2014

Creationists believe we have a responsibility to be, “good stewards of the earth God created, protecting both planet and people from preventable destruction.” Yet when asked about climate change and if mankind should do what we can to prevent it, Elizabeth Mitchell of the creationist group Answers in Genesis (AiG) says the answer is “no.”

This response stems from this week's Cosmos episode in which Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the scientific fact that climate change is happening and that humans are the driving force, and therefore we must be the solution.

Yet, if creationists think we must be good stewards to the earth they believe God created, why wouldn’t they work to save it? Well, Mitchell explains:

“The repercussions of drastic action would hurt a lot of people, especially the poorer among us. 

Therefore, if the problem is not perilous, man-made, or man-fixable, a worldwide civilization overhaul is neither necessary nor advisable. We must be sure of our facts. And those 'facts' are neither as easy to come by nor as clear to interpret as Dr. Tyson claims.”

This is false. If you happen to care about the scientific method and peer-reviewed scientific studies, you will see that 99 percent of scientists worldwide agree the climate change we are dealing with is in fact man-made.

Mitchell seems concerned that poor people will be hurt if we enact global climate change policy to save the earth, yet she ignores that the effects of climate change are actually killing poor people. As  Vox.com reported, the World Health Organization estimates that 150,000 people die every year due to the effects of climate change, primarily in poor countries. Crops around the world are increasingly at risk and longer droughts will make harvesting crops nearly impossible. Certainly this will affect people more than new coal regulations and easing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Continue reading at:  http://www.alternet.org/environment/why-neil-degrasse-tyson-poses-direct-threat-creationists-pushing-climate-change-suicide

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