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Perhaps global warming is seen as an opportunity to discredit science.

That's probably it. The "see, even scientists can't agree and they always change their mind, so come to the Bible that hasn't changed since God gave it to us" attitude. That's probably exactly where climate change fits in.

I'll concur with that. In my fundamentalist Christian high school, a teacher read an essay to us during chapel that disparaged science. The main thrust of the essay was that science was always changing. I clearly remember one line: "A ten-year old science textbook is nine years out of date." Of course, no points to anyone who can guess what unchanging book we should focus on instead.

To a fundamentalist science-hater, "change" is never "improvement," since the body of knowledge that is changing is ipso facto a cheap imitation of the already-perfect truth. Scientists can "change" their minds about something all they want, but they'll never measure up to the unchanging perfect gospel. And if that gospel declares that God made man from mud, then no "remarkable new findings about the origins of humans" is going to make a whit of difference to the True Believer.
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