In a saner world it would be the stuff of bad fiction, but unfortunately it’s true; Politicians backed by the Christian right in the U.S. are against any kind of environmental protection, and it’s because of their religious beliefs (together with a dash of "taking care of big business").
"…Why care about the earth when the droughts, floods, and pestilence
brought by ecological collapse are signs of the Apocalypse foretold in
the Bible? Why care about global climate change when you and yours will
be rescued in the Rapture? And why care about converting from oil to
solar when the same God who performed the miracle of the loaves and
fishes can whip up a few billion barrels of light crude with a Word?"
That people actually believe this stuff was quite eloquently demonstrated in the last orchid list dust-up. However, the seriousness of the issue cannot be underestimated; a full 40% of U.S. Congress have close ties to an unholy alliance of fundamentalist Christianity and corporate interests.
"…the delusional is no longer marginal. It has come in from the fringe,
to sit in the seat of power in the Oval Office and in Congress".