Rick Santorum – Pope Has More Important Things to Worry About Than the Earth

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Rick Santorum, fresh from attacking the Pope’s stance on climate change, says “there are more pressing problems confronting the earth” than protecting the earth.

If Santorum thinks there is something more important than a habitable planet, I can’t imagine what it might be.

Oh, what’s that, Rick?

I would say that’s an important thing to do, but I think there are more pressing problems confronting the Earth than climate change. Particularly when it comes to me as someone who is trying to go out there and make sure we have a revitalization in manufacturing, the things that create jobs and opportunities.

Global warming seems like a pretty big issue to me. How are you going to revitalize manufacturing and create jobs when everybody is dead from polluted air, drinking water, drought, and melted ice caps that put much of the earth’s coastal regions under the waves? Huh, Rick?

The worst-case scenario looks pretty grim after all. Take a peek:

I think most of us agree the Appalachian Trail shouldn’t be beachfront property. Ditto with the problem of creating jobs if most of our large coastal population centers are best visited by boat and scuba gear.

Besides, this “jobs” rhetoric is kind of funny coming from a Republican, given how little interest the GOP has shown in actual job creation for the past six years. I mean, they’ve created exactly 0 of them.

You would think if Santorum was blasting anybody it would be Republicans in Congress.

In fact, it was during the Bush administration that so many jobs went overseas and “Made in America” labels became scarce. President Obama, on the other hand, has overseen 63 consecutive months of job growth and shown that “Made in America” is not a myth.

Chris Wallace actually asked Santorum to defend his earlier claims about the Pope, but facts – even the few presented – did not make an impression on the presidential hopeful.

This is how it went down yesterday on Fox News Sunday:

Chris Wallace: “Two points, if he’s not a scientist — and in fact, he does have a degree in chemistry — neither are you. That’s one point.

“The second point is that somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of the scientists that have studied this say that humans, human activity contributes to climate change.

“So, I guess the question would be if he shouldn’t talk about it, should you?”

Rick Santorum: “Well, we have to make public policy with regard to the environmental policy.”

Wallace: “But you’re not a scientist. You said leave science to the scientists.”

Santorum: “Politicians, whether we like it or not, people in government have to make decisions with respect to our policy that affect American workers.”

Wallace: “And you don’t think the pope has a right to talk about this?”

Santorum: “The pope can talk about whatever he wants to talk about. I’m just saying, what should the pope use his moral authority for?”

Wallace: “He would say he’s protecting the Earth?”

Santorum: “I would say that’s an important thing to do, but I think there are more pressing problems confronting the Earth than climate change. Particularly when it comes to me as someone who is trying to go out there and make sure we have a revitalization in manufacturing, the things that create jobs and opportunities.

“Speculative science which has proven over time not to have check out. All of the projections that were made 50 years ago, none of them have come true. So all of this certainty — this is what bothers me about this debate — the idea that the science is settled.

“Anytime you hear a scientist say the science is settled, that’s political science, not real science. Because no scientist in their right mind would say ever the science is settled.”

Of course, the actual percentage of climate scientists is not 80 to 90, but 97.

And these scientists would not call it “speculative science.” The science is based on observable data. Temperatures aren’t speculative, after all.

Says NASA,

Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals[1] show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

[1] J. Cook, et al, “Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature,” Environmental Research Letters Vol. 8 No. 2, (June 2013); DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024

And not settled? It looks pretty settled to me:

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I’m not a scientist either, but I can see which direction that graph is pointing, and that the angle is getting steeper.

What is funny is the sudden Republican insistence that the Pope should stick to religion, while Evangelicals are making everything about religion – including global warming. It’s God, they say. Well, if they can say it’s God, then the Pope – he IS the Pope, after all – can say it’s man.

Rick Santorum is far from the only Republican exposing his own gratuitous ignorance and obscene levels of hypocrisy, of course, but each and every Republican candidate has had an opportunity to step out from the crowd and actually pay homage to the scientific underpinnings of our universe.

Instead, like Santorum, they rush to Fox News to put that ignorance and hypocrisy on display. Santorum’s feeble defense of the indefensible is just another reason why we can’t let a Republican be president again until, as a party and an ideology, they rejoin the rest of us in our shared reality.

28 Replies to “Rick Santorum – Pope Has More Important Things to Worry About Than the Earth”

  1. And invariably, the remaining 3% have ties to the Fossil fuel industry. What a coincidence.

    The sheer Hubris that is Santorum. He claims to be Catholic- yet he bitches about the Pope when the Pope gets…’uppity’.

    And as pointed out- The Pope has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry. Santorum has multiple Doctorates in Bullshitting.

  2. Santorum is a dope. Watching the interview, it is apparent he got flustered and then started babbling, like a boob.

  3. He is nowhere near Presidential material, he cant even get through an interview, can you even imagine him speaking with world leaders? Nope. Obama will be hard to follow. They love him.

    We’ve had “tricky Dick” we dont need “wimpy Dick”. We need Hillary, who other leaders know and like.

    Santorum, still not ready for prime time.

  4. when is Pope Frank going to have enough of these alleged Catholics like Santorum, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, Brownback ; et al… and just excommunicate the hypocrites?

  5. Face/Palm..pRick Santorum you STUPID FU(K! WE LIVE ON THE PLANET EARTH!! So..we are not supposed to take care of it Huh!? My stars the idiocy of this alleged man is un-fathomable!! Cue the Right Wing apologist and reality hating morons in 5.4.3.2.1…ok Erica and Robert and POV..you have the floor…

  6. Does he really believe what’s coming out of his mouth? If so, there is something terribly wrong with his brain function. Science, evidence all show unequivocal FACTS that climate change is real and a threat to everyone regarding our food and water supply. I guess ole Rick doesn’t care if his kids have poison to drink and no food!
    Maybe if we break it down where children can understand it, they will!

  7. rick santorum is a disgusting JOKE! but the entire GOP is FU#KING train wreck! And the GOP bastardized christianity to the point, that I don’t what book they read out of!! I’m a very blunt person and my passion is beating the HELL out of republicans and their KKK media sources!! But as long as 20 to 25% of americans buy the GOP’s “WE THE FAKE CHRISTIAN” cult, complete fools like santorum will always have a pulpit!! BTW mr. santorum, calling yourself a catholic makes all the since in the world! didn’t the catholic church usher in the CRUSADES? the SPANISH INQUISITION? funding terrorism to the americans?? christopher columbus as a INSANE PERVENTED GENOCIDE MADMAN!! santorum’s type of people!

  8. Another fake Christian revealing himself. God gave humans domain over the earth. We are suppose to be good stewards of it. True Christians know this and will want to protect the Earth. We need it for our livelihood. As the Earth goes, so do we.

  9. @Joesph, the LILY WHITE republican TROLL PATROL will be here shortly, don’t worry!! but I have a question for the POLITICUS audience, how many of you frequent RIGHT WING sites and post your comments there?? I don’t waste my time! A- why would I want to reason with ANYONE, when I know from the get go they’ll, DENY FACTS! – CHANGE THE SUBJECT!- typically go into a into some hate fulled upside down crazy rant! and don’t let them figure out you’re a NON caucasian!! holy $HIT!! that’s when they channel up their INNER LIMBAUGH!! so I still trying to figure out, WHY do republicans have this uncontrollable desire to go to liberal websites to pick fights?! mental illness is my best guess!

  10. “gratuitous ignorance and obscene levels of hypocrisy”

    HAAA!!!!!!!! Oh, Bravo, Hraf!

    Santorum is as stupid as he is sexually obsessed.

  11. Same reason Brown Shirts went around busting up left and center political meetings in Weimar Germany, to prove no one was safe having Bad Ideas anywhere.

  12. I am so glad we Pennsylvanians kicked Mr. Santorum to the curb years ago. Why we elected him into the Senate in the first place is a good question, but we realized what a fool he was and voted him out. He wasn’t Senatorial material and sure isn’t even close to Presidential material. What a pompous a**! The gall to think he has any right to tell the Pope what he should and should not be talking about. Loser!

  13. Catholic? Santorum? PLEASE! If he thought he could get one more vote or one more Koch dollar by becoming Hindu, or Buddhist or any other religion, he would do so in a minute. He is a situational Christian who is devout as long as it doesn’t get in the way of his ultra conservative, right wing politics. Every person on the planet, no matter what your religion, should be appalled with the way we are treating the Earth, you know, the place GOD gave us to live and take care of in his name.

  14. Wanna bet that when the POPE comes to the United States in September…he will exclude the fake pious, pompous, trash talking Catholic from the guest list at any affair the Pope will have at the White House or elsewhere.
    The Pope: ” Keep that sanctimonious a-hole off my guest list”. — “Lord forgive me for cussing, but you would too.” {{wink-wink}} “We talking about Santorum here”. Ok?

  15. The Pope does care about the earth and the environment, but also has more important issues to deal with like:

    1. The bleeding of their wealth to pay for the child molestation cases.

    2. The diminishing attendance (& $$) at the local parishes in Europe and Latin America.

    3. Conflict of advice to the masses that hear, what their local leaders do not want to acknowledge, e.g.: Bishop Romero & the liberation theology.

  16. Here is one thing the Pope REALLY doesn’t give a crap about: Rick Santorum’s opinion as to what his priorities should be!

  17. I’d like to see the pope excommunicate Scalia for all the harm he has done to this country with Citizens United, taking away voting rights and all the economic injustice ruling he made in the corporate rulings he ruled in favor. I hope when the Pope comes to lecture the U.S. house he calls them out. Then let’s see what fox will do? Attack the pope or ignore him. It will put the right wing Catholics in a costernation to attack the pope.

  18. The pope doesn’t have to go there. He can excommunicate scale for imposing the death penalty which is against the church teachings

  19. Hmm, so now, Santorum considers himself a qualified adviser to Pope Francis?

    As with any so-call “deniers” or, in reality, polluter puppets, they refuse to acknowledge a fact that is before them, which continues to devastate our planet, affect food, kill humans and environment, instigate animals to become extinct.

    They prefer, rather, to worship at the altar of greed, to fill their pockets with money as they do the bidding of their benefactors.

  20. …under pressure, Ricky morphs into a slimy,smelly blob of santorum…all he has is his Idiotology, which cannot survive exposure to facts…

  21. Putting on my Robert Hat: “But the article also clearly states that he pulled in at least 10 (TEN!) people at another stop earlier in the day!

    My GAHD why are you libtards engaging in such blatant misrepresentation!? You call this journalism!?

    Ok, I’m done now.

    ….snicker….

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