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We must rely on science to inform us about climate change and its causes

The existence or non-existence of climate change and global warming can only be determined by empirical observation and interpretation of data. These activities are scientific in nature, not religious. Scientists have been collecting and interpreting the data for many years. Studies analyzing the data have been published and reviewed in peer reviewed professional journals for many years leading to consensus in the community of climate scientists that due to human activity, climate change and global warming have been occurring at an accelerating rate since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

Science consists of asking questions and forming theories that answer those questions that can be proven or disproven. Religion, on the other hand consists of asking questions that cannot be answered by empirical observation. Instead, answers ultimately depend on faith. For example, we cannot prove the existence or nonexistence of God.

Climate change deniers generally base their doubts on religious ideas such as a belief in God’s stewardship of the planet and his promise to preserve it until he returns. However, religious ideas by their very nature cannot prove or disprove the existence of climate change or global warming and they cannot identify a cause.

For these reasons, politicians who question climate change and global warming by relying on religious ideas are merely proving their own ignorance. Their opinions are irrelevant and should be disregarded.

Resource: Can Religion and Science Coexist?

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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.