While oil and energy companies have poured millions into climate change denial, some Republicans have laid claim to a higher power in their denial of man-made global warming.
In a video (below) created by ClimateDesk.org, four Republicans cite verses in the Bible to claim that man-made global warming does not exist, even though it's never actually mentioned in the Bible.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum (who also opposes birth control) all deny climate change based on their bizarre interpretations of the Bible.
According to The Cultural Cognition Project at Yale Law School, some of the same people who oppose the science of global warming also oppose evolution.
The research project shows that the greater religiosity a person has, the greater denial they are likely to have of climate change and evolution. These people have what is called a “declining trust in science."
The study says that it's possible that Christian conservatives who believe that scientists are wrong on evolution are likely wrong on climate change.
From a strictly political standpoint, it may also be the contributions of oil and energy companies directly, or through a third party, that influence politicians to oppose climate change science because the next step will be taxing polluters.
Sources: The Cultural Cognition Project, ClimateDesk.org, Salon.com