Leaders of the Christian Left think that global warming is going to split the evangelical Right.
Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy doesn't think so. He points out in The Weekly Standard that while the Evangelical Climate Initiative has the support of Rick Warren and a number of academics, the National Association of Evangelicals and parachurch leaders like James Dobson and Chuck Colson, have cautioned the church not to jump so fast on a disputed issue. They, unlike ECI supporters, represent tens of thousands of churches and a whole lot of believers nationwide:
Among many evangelical academics there is an ongoing self-consciousness and about their evangelical identity. Some of them want to disassociate themselves from the traditional Religious Right and its seeming preoccupation with issues of personal morality. Embracing legislation to reduce carbon emissions, backed up by a few vague scripture verses, has become an easy way to disassociate from old evangelical stereotypes.
According to [liberal evangelical activist Jim] Wallis, "biblically-faithful Christians" are soon going to turn against the Religious Right and instead follow his Religious Left. Instead, it seems more likely that an easy acceptance of apocalyptic warnings about a burning planet will ultimately confirm, not overturn, the political leanings of conservative evangelicals.