Pope Francis takes down GOP talking points on climate change!
Pope Francis doesn't take his cues from Rick Santorum.
Not only did the Pontiff flat-out ignore the 2016 Republican hopeful's comments about leaving climate change to the scientists, the Holy Father just obliterated Republican talking points on the climate.
Those comments came directly from a copy of Pope Francis' latest encyclical on the environment, which addresses the claim that God gave us “dominion” over the Earth to exploit however we'd like. The document refutes that claim, which is often touted by Conservatives.
The Pope wrote, “it has been said that, from the story of Genesis, which invites us to subjugate the earth, the savage exploitation of nature would be encouraged, presenting the image of human beings as ruler and destroyer.” In no uncertain terms, he added, “This is not the correct interpretation of the Bible as intended by the Church.”
Just like the various other Christian groups who have called for action on climate change, Pope Francis says that every community has the duty to protect our planet and “ensure the continuity of its fertility for future generations.”
So, while the Republican party continues to shill for the fossil fuel industry, they can't continue to claim that it's what God wanted for us and our planet.
Whether you prefer to listen to scientists or religious leaders – or the Pope, who happens to be both – the message is the same when it comes to our climate crisis. We don't have much more time to prevent the worst-case climate scenarios, and we should be doing everything we can to make the switch to clean energy.
We only have one planet to call home, so let's listen to anyone and everyone who honestly wants to protect it.