Friday, December 11, 2009

Sarah Palin's Christian View of the Environment

by Lisa Graas, editor --

As the debate rages regarding ClimateGate, once again Governor Sarah Palin's record is being completely maligned by the left. If you're a reader of the leftist blog HuffPo, the highest traffic political blog online, you'd probably get the idea that Sarah Palin is an enemy of the environment. Those of us who are aware of her record on the environment know that nothing could be further from the truth.

Despite having defended Palin's record for well over a year on an almost daily basis, it continues to make my head spin when I consider what must be going through the minds of those constantly writing drivel about her. Adrienne, Josh, Patrick, Shane, Rachelle, Ron, all the folks at C4P, and many, many others spend hours upon hours trying to just get the truth out there about Sarah Palin. Her book, Going Rogue, was like a tall drink of water to those of us who have been covering her because it cleared away so much of the misinformation being spread. Rather than putting an end to the double standards and outright lies about her, though, the book seems to have emboldened them to elevate the smear campaign to an even higher level as they have become even more overt in their dishonesty. ClimateGate has effectively put an end to whatever lull in the storm some of us may have perceived in the wake of the book's release.

So, here we go again, folks. What is Sarah Palin's view of the environment? In short, it is a decidedly Christian view. Palin frequently uses the word "steward" or "stewardship" in describing our role in protecting the environment. What does it mean, though, to be a good "steward" of the the Christian sense? This morning, Br. Matthew Schmitz offers an article at Catholic Exchange that clearly explains the Catholic view of stewardship of the environment. I'm quite sure that it is very much a mainstream Christian view of environmental stewardship and is quite in tune with Sarah Palin's statements and record on the issue. I strongly recommend the article: Catholic Climate Change for Dummies.

When the dust settles, what do I have to do with global warming anyway? Is there a specifically Christian attitude to the issue?

On August 24, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI gave us some pointers in his general audience. We could call it the Catholic edition of The Environment for Dummies:

The Earth is indeed a precious gift of the Creator who, in designing its intrinsic order, has given us guidelines that assist us as stewards of his creation. Precisely within this framework, the Church considers that matters concerning the environment and its protection are intimately linked with integral human development.

There are some very deep ideas in this statement. Man has a responsibility toward creation as its steward. Man is an administrator of creation and its resources. They are his to use, but not to abuse. Resources, then, and the environment itself, are not an end, but a means, a means “to integral human development,” as the Pope states.

Let’s define a few of these terms. What does this stewardship mean? A steward is a manager. The resources that pass through his hands are not his, but are given in trust for him to use for a certain purpose and to make grow. Thus, man is a steward of the resources of creation, and he is to manage them for a certain end, which is integral human development.

So if I want to be a “creation steward,” how ought I to work towards integral human development? In a word, by respecting and fostering human life. This means informing myself on the issues that protect life or threaten it, that promote or stifle religious freedom, equality, and every other basic human right. It absolutely favors charitable assistance to the underprivileged of society. It means knowing where political candidates stand on the abortion issue and others of such weight, and to vote accordingly. It means that whatever agreements are made among nations, the right of the poor to participate in integral human development cannot be subordinated to emission reduction or any other climate goals. Here, once again, leaked information gives me pause. From Copenhagen comes word that wealthier nations may be conspiring to place the greater burden of their goals on those who can least afford it, while the richest of their citizens plot to earn billions through “cap and trade” deals.

So much for the wheelers and dealers of the world....

Do read the whole thing. I'm confident that it closely resembles or even mirrors Sarah Palin's own views.

What about her record? Well, it speaks for itself. Here's an example of environmentalists praising Sarah Palin on her energy plan for Alaska. The average person can, if he tries hard enough to wade through the lies of the left, understand this record.

As Palin has pointed out many times, including in her high profile interview with John Ziegler, today's media bigwigs aren't taking the appropriate steps to provide the public with the facts about her position and her record. As more and more people get to know the real Sarah Palin in her book, we can be sure that it will become clearer to the American people that they are being lied to. The obvious conclusion they will reach, of course, is that there is an agenda at play here. More and more reasonable people are coming to a greater knowledge about who she is. The left will apparently do virtually anything to prevent this from happening.......but we will fight on. You can be sure of that.

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