Are religious beliefs in the end of the world holding back climate change action in the U.S.?
A study from two researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Colorado, Boulder found there are “strong reasons” to suggest that widespread belief in “end-times” and a “Second Coming” of Christ could impact U.S. environmental policy.
Authors David Barker and David Bearce found that 56 percent of Americans and 75 percent of Republicans answered “yes” to the latter question. Accounting for political ideology, belief in biblical authority, demographic factors and climate skepticism, the study found:
A belief in the Second Coming reduces the probability of strongly agreeing that the government should take action by more than 12 percent. In a corresponding manner, a belief in the Second Coming increases the probability of disagreeing with government action to curb global warming by more than 10 percent.