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In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, managing editor of Environment and Climate News, H. Sterling Burnett talks with E. Calvin Beisner. Beisner is the founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance, a volunteer network of about 60 Christian theologians, scientists, economists, and other scholars who teach or do research at various universities and colleges around North America. The Cornwall Alliance focuses on the biblical perspective on environmental and natural resource use issues. Beisner was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Spokesperson of Faith, Science, and Stewardship Award at The Heartland Institute’s Ninth International Conference on Climate Change, July 8th in Las Vegas.
In this podcast, Beisner and Burnett discuss environmental issues and policy from a biblical perspective, particularly stressing the need to allow use of fossil fuels and the market economy to raise people around the world out of poverty. Beisner’s work with economists and scientists show that the projections of cataclysmic harm from global warming are completely wrong or at the very least, wildly overstated. He suggests the solutions proposed to fight climate change will do far more harm to the poor than the harm from global warming. Leaving present generations in poverty and in danger of premature death is morally unconscionable, and only the market economy and fossil fuel use can raise them out of poverty.