All posts by Blake Hudson

Blake Hudson is a Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center. After graduating from the University of Montevallo, he attended Duke University, where he obtained his law degree from Duke Law School and his Masters in Environmental Science & Policy from Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The views expressed here are not intended to reflect the views of the University of Houston.

St. Augustine on Climate Change, 1600 Years Ago

Katharine Hayoe, the well-recognized climate scientist and Christian evangelical, recently posted on social media the below remarkable quote from St. Augustine of Hippo. Augustine was writing in The Literal Meaning of Genesis. It is worth remembering […]

Acts of God vs. Acts of Man

Hurricane Harvey wreaked devastation across Texas in August/September 2017. After having endured flooding of my home in Louisiana just one year before, my family and I watched the water slowly rise once more as it […]

The Irony of Southern Evangelical Rejection of Climate Science: “Faith Hijacked by Politics”

I am from the “South”: the southern United States. The South is home to arguably the most robust concentration of biological natural resources in the U.S.—from forests to wetlands to extremely high levels of biodiversity. […]

Beyond Biblical Stewardship: The Utilitarian Conservative Case for Biodiversity Protection

What if I told you that a proposed industrial development that would employ 5,000 workers may not proceed because it would destroy habitat of a scorpion species? Would you argue that the development and the […]

Protecting Future Generations: The Environment/Abortion Dilemma

Shortly after President Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Paris Agreement, I ran across the following Facebook post: I’m not certain how many yet to be born children of the […]

The Mistake of Linking Climate Change and Evolution When Advocating for Science

It is often said that the general public is guilty of science denial—that is, rejecting scientific facts ranging “from evolution to climate change…” If scientists are unable to convince the general public that evolution is a […]

Jobs, Consumption, and the “Angry” Trump Voter

In President Trump’s inaugural address, he stated: “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.” Trump blames job loss on “bad” trade […]

The Rural Environment

In simple terms, this project arose out of a desire to bridge a gap in discourse between stereotypical “environmentalists” and stereotypical “rural conservatives”—a gap that is widening. I say “stereotypical” because these two categories are not mutually […]