Questions for Conservatives
Do conservatives believe in evolution and global warming?
DougJ has been “trying to read some conservative blogs this year,” including this one, and is, “trying to get as many people who write or comment there and on other conservative blogs to answer the following two questions:
1) Do you believe in evolution?
2) Do you believe that the average temperature on earth has increased over the past 30 years?
I answered in his comment section but will double up here:
1) I’m an atheist, so this isn’t really an issue for me.
2) I don’t think there’s any doubt about this among educated people. Anticipating the follow-up, it seems reasonable that at least some of the warming is attributable to humankind and our altering of our habitat through technology.
Where we may or may not differ is on what to do about 2).
Since he’s interested in the reactions of commenters, feel free to weigh in.
Update (Doug Mataconis) DougJ seems interested in responses from the contributors and commenters, so here are my responses
1) Yes. Although, I’ve got to admit that I’ve always cringed at the question of whether someone “believes” in evolution because it makes it sound like just another opinion rather than being the very basis of modern biology. As I’ve noted several times in the posts on the topic I’ve done here, it’s simply impossible to believe in most of modern biology if you don’t accept the fundamental ideas of evolution and natural selection. Asking someone if they “believe” in it is like asking them if they believe in gravity or the Theory of Relativity.
2) Yes. I think the evidence for global temperature increases is fairly incontrovertible at this point, and yes, at least part of that is due to the fact that human civilization produces by-products that have an impact on the climate (although man has been having an impact on the climate since the day that the first caveman lit the first fire). What we can, or should, do in response to this fact is a political issue about which disagreement is possible, however.
I suspect most of the people who comment here on a regular basis are going to have responses similar to James and I.