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"Resisting the Green Dragon" from the 'Cornwall Alliance'

Posted by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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On one of the groups I'm on, someone posted a YouTube video:

It is a trailer for a DVD produced by a group who call themselves the 'Cornwall Alliance', and it puts forwards the view that environmentalists who support measures to deal with global climate change are a spiritural danger to christians - they they are actually a cult, "The Cult of the Green Dragon".

My initial reaction was "what a load of nuts".  But then I checked out the websites of the group who produced the video:

For random nuts, they are frighteningly well funded and organised.  They claim to be a group of religious leaders who signed up to a set of principles at a conference a while ago:

  1. We believe Earth and its ecosystems—created by God’s intelligent design and infinite power and sustained by His faithful providence —are robust, resilient, self-regulating, and self-correcting, admirably suited for human flourishing, and displaying His glory.  Earth’s climate system is no exception. Recent global warming is one of many natural cycles of warming and cooling in geologic history.
  2. We believe abundant, affordable energy is indispensable to human flourishing, particularly to societies which are rising out of abject poverty and the high rates of disease and premature death that accompany it. With present technologies, fossil and nuclear fuels are indispensable if energy is to be abundant and affordable.
  3. We believe mandatory reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, achievable mainly by greatly reduced use of fossil fuels, will greatly increase the price of energy and harm economies.
  4. We believe such policies will harm the poor more than others because the poor spend a higher percentage of their income on energy and desperately need economic growth to rise out of poverty and overcome its miseries.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. We deny that such policies, which amount to a regressive tax, comply with the Biblical requirement of protecting the poor from harm and oppression.

But someone came up with that DVD, and spent a lot of time market researching the spin.  That takes serious funding, which got me curious, so I dug deeper...

And oh ho ho, guess what?  Our old friends, Exxon Mobile...

Quoting (source):

On Friday, at the polluter-funded Heritage Foundation, Cornwall rolled out its latest campaign called “Resisting the Green Dragon.” Billed as “a Biblical response to one of the greatest deceptions of our day,” the video series claims the entire climate change movement is a “false religion,” a nefarious conspiracy to empower eugenicists and create a “global government.” Watch the absurd trailer here, which portrays the idea of climate change as akin to the Lord of the Rings villain Sauron:

Thus far, Cornwall has been able to masquerade as a legitimate, independent group of pastors and religious leaders opposed to addressing climate change. However, ThinkProgress investigated the group and found deep ties to the oil industry, as well as with longtime right-wing operatives orchestrating the climate science denial machine.

This is sick.  How do these people get away with doing this sort of thing?

And why are so many American religious leaders willing to put their name to this sort of deception?

Dr. Ted Baehr, Chairman, Christian Film and Television Commission

Howard Ball, National Director, ChurchLIFE

Joel Belz, Founder, WORLD Magazine

Rev. Dennis G. Bennett, Bible Institute of South Africa

Michael Cromartie, Vice President, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Douglas E. Daugherty, Sr., President, Chattanooga Resource Foundation, Tennessee

Dr. Colonel V. Doner, Chairman, Children’s Hunger Relief Fund

Dr. Barrett Duke, Vice President for Public Policy and Research, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

Dr. Charles H. Dunahoo, Coordinator of Christian Education and Publications, Presbyterian Church in America

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Jackson, Mississippi; President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals; and Adjunct Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

Dr. Jay Grimstead, Director, Coalition on Revival

Gary Kass, President, Reclaiming America for Christ

Garry J. Moes, Director, Murphys Christian Camp; former political reporter/editor, The Associated Press

Dr. Robert Royal, President, Faith and Reason Institute

Dr. Herb Schlossberg, Senior Research Associate, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

Rev. Robert Sirico, President, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

Dr. Frank J. Smith, Editor, Presbyterian International News Services

Dennis Oliver Woods, Headmaster, ClassicalFree Virtual Academy

(and many many more)

by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM
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by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM

wow.... that is really quite frightening.

by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Ignorance sells. And money is god.

by on Feb. 9, 2011 at 4:35 PM

i'm curious to hear someones take that supports or at least is familiar with this group.

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