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Why So Many White Evangelicals in Trump's Base are Deeply Skeptical of Climate Change

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

June 2, 2017

The Washington Post - President Trump announced Thursday that he is withdrawing the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement, alarming religious leaders here and around the globe who decried the decision as a departure from the nation's leadership role.

The evangelicals Veldman has spoken to oppose evolution because they see it as a threat to their faith, contradicting the Bible. And many oppose climate change because they see it as a threat to God's omnipotence.

The mid-20th century ushered an era of skepticism in which people began to trust radio hosts more than they trusted scientists, according to Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University who does climate change education among evangelicals.

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