With climate denial running rampant in the GOP field, Mitt Romney claimed just today that scientists may figure out if humans are causing warming “10, 20, 50 years from now.” Except scientists have already figured that out, and a majority of Americans want action, including religious Americans. A new University of Maryland poll finds that 76 percent of Catholics and evangelicals support a global pact reducing the pollution that causes global warming, much like the one on the table in Durban, South Africa.
If such an agreement is ever reached, religious Americans say they would stand by it with conviction. Of the 1,500 people surveyed, 57 percent said that violating a treaty would be morally wrong. About 17 percent see it as a sin, requiring atonement to avoid everlasting consequences…
In [the University of Maryland] poll, 76 percent of respondents said preventing climate change is an important goal. Among them, 32 percent said it falls within their obligation to protect God’s creation. A bigger group, at 44 percent, didn’t think of it as an obligation. But it was important to defend against rising temperatures nonetheless.
The outright religious support for a global agreement contrasts with the political posturing we have seen heading into 2012. But what’s clear is a majority of Americans, religious or not, understand climate change is a threat and view it as a moral or religious problem.