Climate Change Study: Religious Belief In Second Coming Of Christ Could Slow Global Warming Action
The Huffington Post | By James Gerken
Protesters — including 350.org founder Bill McKibben — march during the “Forward on Climate” rally in Washington, D.C. on February 17, 2013. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
Are religious beliefs in the end of the world holding backclimate change action in the U.S.?
A study from two researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Colorado, Boulder found there are “strong reasons” to suggest that widespread belief in “end-times” and a “Second Coming” of Christ could impact U.S. environmental policy.
Published online on May 1 in the journal Political Research Quarterly, the study used data from the 2007 Cooperative Congressional Election Studies. Survey respondents were asked to rate their support for “government action to curb global warming” on a four-point scale, and if they believed in “the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”
Authors David Barker and David Bearce found that 56 percent of Americans and 75 percent of Republicans answered “yes” to the latter question. Accounting for political ideology, belief in biblical authority, demographic factors and climate skepticism, the study found:
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