Daily Archives: November 18, 2014

National Survey on Religion, Values, and Climate Change (A22-145)

New National Survey to Explore How Religion, Culture and Politics Influence Attitudes Toward Climate Change, Science, and Environmental Policy

Survey conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the American Academy of Religion to be released Friday, November 21 assesses perceived impact of climate change and asks skeptics why they do not believe temperatures are rising

WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of Congress’s debate on Keystone XL and a climate deal with China, a major national survey assessing Americans’ beliefs and concerns about climate change and the impact of religion on those attitudes will be released on Friday, November 21 at 12:01 a.m. ET. The new landmark survey was conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research in partnership with the American Academy of Religion, the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion.

The PRRI/AAR Religion, Values and Climate Change Survey of more than 3,000 Americans explores how important the issue of climate change is to Americans, how Americans believe that they and others around the world will personally be affected by climate change, and whether the public supports the Keystone XL pipeline and other energy policies. The survey also will assess the impact of spiritual experiences, religious institutions, religious affiliation, and theological beliefs on Americans’ opinions about these issues. A new composite measure – the Climate Change Concern Index – will explore the level of concern Americans have about climate change.

The survey identifies three groups of Americans — Believers, Sympathizers and Skeptics — who are divided by their opinions about the existence and causes of climate change. Skeptics are asked to share, in their own words, why they believe the earth’s temperature is not increasing.

The findings will be formally presented and discussed by a panel of scholars on Saturday, November 22, at the American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. The plenary session is from 9:00-11:00 a.m. PT in the Convention Center room 20D.

PRRI/AAR Religion, Values and Climate Change Survey

Embargo Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. ET
Conference Event: Saturday, November 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET

Note: The event will be live streamed. Please contact Darcy Cohan (dcohan@publicreligion.org) if you are not attending the conference but would like to view the live event.

Release of PRRI/AAR National Survey on Religion, Values, and Climate Change (A22-145)

Saturday – 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
Convention Center

What do Americans think about climate change, and how do religious and moral beliefs impact their opinions about science, human responsibility, and environmental policies? This panel will feature the release of a new national public opinion survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in collaboration with the AAR. The survey of 3,000 Americans is one of the largest surveys on religion and climate change ever conducted.

The survey explores a range of topics, including Americans’ belief or skepticism about the reality of climate change; the roles that partisanship, religion, and media consumption play in the development of those views; whether Americans see climate change as a manageable problem or an imminent crisis; how committed Millennials are to the issue of climate change; and how important policies that address climate change are to different religious groups.

Robert P. Jones, Public Religion Research Institute, Washington, D.C., Presiding

Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University
Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia
David P. Gushee, Mercer University
Laurel D. Kearns, Drew University

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Chilling Legacy of US Chemical Warfare in Vietnam

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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2008

Agent Orange: The US herbicidal compound known as Agent Orange has scarred Vietnam

July 2004

For downloads and more information visit http://www.journeyman.tv/15634/short-…

The use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War means that for many the war never ended. They’re still suffering the effects of chemical warfare.

“I try hard to improve our life but we cannot,” sobs Mr Quy. His stomach, liver and lungs are riddled with cancer and the hospital refuses to treat him. Now he’s too weak to care for his severely handicapped children. He believes it was his exposure to Agent Orange during the war which blighted his family. His only hope is that the law suit against the US companies who manufactured Agent Orange will succeed. But many are angry that it’s taking so long to receive compensation. As the Head of the Association for Victims of Agent Orange states: “The Vietnamese people have suffered but unfortunately, the Americans have avoided their responsibility.”

ABC Australia – Ref. 2373

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Agent Orange. American Chemical and Biological Warfare

Breaking The Matrix

Uploaded on Apr 23, 2008

Agent Orange. The effects of chemical spraying during the Vietnam War. The struggle of US Veterans and the long-term consequences for the citizens of Vietnam.

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Agent Orange devastates generations of Vietnamese


Uploaded on Jan 15, 2009

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. dropped millions of gallons of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant, on Vietnam in an attempt to remove the jungle used for cover by communist forces.

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Earning Our Children’s Trust | Dr. James Hansen

Dr. James Hansen, Climatologist and Dan Galpern, Environmental attorney

Posted: 11/13/2014 5:03 pm EST Updated: 11/14/2014 2:59 pm EST


Our Constitution was established to “promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” And yet, our government persists with a business-as-usual path, despite the overwhelming scientific consensus that continued carbon emissions threaten the climate system on which civilization and nature as we know it depend.

In our view, the climate crisis cannot effectively be addressed by weak regulatory action and feeble statements of intent — such as those recently announced by the U.S. and China — while we maintain our present massive subsidization of the fossil fuel industry. We need a new approach, one grounded in government’s fundamental duty to safeguard essential natural resources in trust for our children and those yet to be born.

The idea that essential resources, such as the “air, running water [and] the sea,” are held in “common to all mankind,” stems at least from the sixth century code of ancient Rome. Blackstone, writing in his Commentaries on the Law of England, brought it forward to the 18th Century, noting that, notwithstanding developments in property law, certain resources must “unavoidably remain in common [including] the elements of light, air, and water.”

Our Supreme Court has also recognized the public trust doctrine, both as a limitation on government action and a source of its affirmative duty. In 1892 it held, for example, that government may not fully sell off public resources and so deprive future legislatures of their authority to provide for the people. Neither may government mismanage resources that it holds in trust for the people as part of the public domain.

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U.S. Govt. Warns Of Record Arctic Warming

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Uploaded on Oct 28, 2010

According to a just released report published by the US government, the Arctic region continues to warm at an unprecedented rate, impacting people and ecosystems there but also affecting populated regions of the northern hemisphere.

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Clean coal is fictional


Uploaded on Sep 28, 2009

Jessy Tolkan: Washington saying coal industry can be “clean” is pure fiction

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