Katharine Hayhoe Interviewed on Christian Broadcasting Network. Ruckus Ensues.

July 17, 2015

Evangelical Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe was interviewed, along with her Pastor husband on a popular Christian broadcasting news program.  The comment storm is ongoing…

CBN News:

WASHINGTON — Climate change is one of the most contentious issues of our time. Many conservative Christians don’t agree that humans help cause it or that people can affect the Earth’s warming or cooling.

They might be surprised to find, however, that two of the more respected believers in climate change are evangelical Christians with conservative leanings.

Pastor Andrew Farley leads Ecclesia: Church Without Religion in Lubbock, Texas, and heads up Network 220, a national association of counseling, discipleship, and training ministries.

His wife, associate professor Katharine Hayhoe, is a climate scientist that in 2014 TIME magazine named one of the most influential people in the world.

26,500 Points of Proof

And that influence is growing with audiences both religious and secular because Hayhoe’s job adds weight to her contention there’s overwhelming evidence of climate change.

“There are 26,500 indicators of a warming planet all around us, many in our own backyards,” Hayhoe, the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock told CBN News.

“Often people think that we really only care about this climate change thing maybe because of the polar bear,” Hayhoe said.

But she warned global warming is hurting, even killing, thousands of peope now – like causing stronger, longer heat waves.

“In 2003, there was a heat wave in Europe that led to 70,000 premature deaths,” Hayhoe said. “Seventy thousand people died who would not have died otherwise because that heat wave was so extreme.”

Stronger rainfalls hitting with more frequency are leading to more flooding.

“If the air is warmer, more of the water evaporates out of the oceans and lakes and rivers,” she explained. “When a storm comes along, as it always does naturally, there’s more water vapor available for that storm to pick up and dump on us.”

The ensuing storm of comments and trolling on the CBN news page and Facebook page moved the network to append this comment on Facebook:

Thank you for sharing your concerns about the CBN News feature story.
The story was an impartial report on the personal beliefs of a high-profile Christian couple on global warming. While their views run counter to that of many conservatives, their voices have significant influence in the debate.
Gordon Robertson introduced the report by pointing out that “climate change is one of the most contentious issues of our time.” He also shared that some people believe there is man-made warming, while others believe warming is a natural occurrence, while still others believe that there isn’t any significant warming.
Although Gordon did not take sides in the debate, he did encourage all of us to be good stewards of God’s creation. The Robertson family has a long history of concern for the environment going back to the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937. Drafted by A. Willis Robertson, Gordon’s grandfather, the act created an excise tax on firearms and ammunition with the funds designated to wildlife management and habitat preservation. Because of the Pittman-Robertson Act, many species have come back from the brink of extinction, including wild turkey, wood ducks, and the American black bear.
Once again, thank you for sharing your concerns. God bless you!

Below, Dr. Hayhoe’s popular “Elevator Pitch” on climate science.

3 Responses to “Katharine Hayhoe Interviewed on Christian Broadcasting Network. Ruckus Ensues.”

  1. Gingerbaker Says:

    “When a storm comes along, as it always does naturally, there’s more water vapor available for that storm to pick up and dump on us.”

    Robert Scribbler has a post up today about the latest typhoon hitting Japan. Although weakened down to Cat 1, it is forecast to…

    get this…

    drop 1 meter(!!) of rain on the town of Kamikitayama .

  2. There was a reader comment inflection point, for the better, after Peter’s post and this one by Citizens Climate Lobby.


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