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"Love thy neighbor, love the neighborhood" Continued...

Issue: "Superheroes strike again," Aug. 6, 2005

The G8 declaration stated that while uncertainties remain, current information justifies embarking on "a path to slow, and as the science justifies, stop and then reverse the growth of greenhouse gases." The clause invoking further scientific justification is one on which the Bush administration has consistently hung its hat.

A recent University of Maryland poll found 86 percent of Americans believe the United States should act to limit the greenhouse gas emissions often associated with climate change provided other G8 nations do so as well. That number includes 81 percent of Republicans. Only 52 percent of respondents, though, agreed that there is a scientific consensus regarding the potential for global warming to produce significant damage. That's a 10 percent increase from 2004 numbers, but far from a popular consensus.

Mr. Ball believes a continued sway in evangelical opinion could foster a further shift among Republicans that would put pressure on administration leaders: "I would hope that we can help them have new eyes to see on this issue." But convincing Bible-believing churchgoers to ally with political factions notoriously hostile to Christianity is no easy task. Mr. Haggard has sought to avoid any such associations. He told the London Telegraph last month he does not return phone calls from environmentalists. "We are not their allies," he said.

Mr. Ball explained his strategy to promote creation care: "A big part of this is doing it in an evangelical way, which is evangelicals talking to evangelicals. . . . They're leery, and in some respects justifiably so. There's a lot of stuff out there about climate change-some of it true, some of it not true."

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