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Will Being A Climate Change Denier Cost Rick Santorum Votes?

Rick Santorum has called out Pope Francis, who received his Master's in Chemistry before entering the priesthood, regarding his scientific views about climate change. Will Santorum's views cost him votes?

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Will Being A Climate Change Denier Cost Rick Santorum Votes?  

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last 24 hours | huffingtonpost
Santorum's Political Theology of Climate Denial

"...Mr. Santorum's assault on the facts related to the human impact on climate change and anyone who defends these facts has been continuous. As a candidate in the presidential primaries in 2012, Santorum questioned President Barack Obama's "theology" in an Ohio campaign stop, February 19, 2012 by asserting that Obama believes in "some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology." When asked to explain his remarks on the CBS news program "Face the Nation" by moderator Bob Schieffer, Santorum responded that he was referring to "the radical environmentalists," and by implication, placed Obama in this category. Santorum attacked the notion that "man is here to serve the Earth," which he argued "is a phony ideal." While Santorum conceded "that man is here to use the resources and use them wisely, to care for the Earth, to be a steward of the Earth," he was emphatic that "we're not here to serve the Earth. The Earth is not the objective. Man is the objective. I think a lot of radical environmentalists have it upside-down."..." see full article


1225 days ago | wvtf
The Dangers Of Political 'Foot-In-Mouth' Syndrome - WVTF
"...Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who declared his second bid for president last week, also made a faux pas when the Catholic candidate said Pope Francis should "leave science to the scientists" and stay out of the climate change debate. However, as several publications quickly pointed out, Pope Francis actually does have a scientific background, graduating as a chemical technician and working as a chemist before joining the priesthood...." see full article


1230 days ago | washingtonpost
Why 2015 could be the year that really changes the climate debate - Washington Post

"...I don't think you should underestimate how big a deal this is. It has already ruffled Catholic Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum enough that he actually called on the Pope to stay out of scientific matters.From a public opinion standpoint, U.S. Catholics in particular seem to be right in the middle on the climate issue. They're not highly skeptical, as are members of some conservative Protestant groups, but they're not exactly bullish, either. In sum, they're a gigantic bloc that really could move. And moreover, the sheer visibility of the Pope taking this stand as a matter of doctrine and also potentially bringing it up before the U.S. Congress in September will present a major media spectacle...." see full article


1230 days ago | npr
The Dangers Of Political 'Foot-In-Mouth' Syndrome - NPR

"...Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who declared his second bid for president last week, also made a faux pas when the Catholic candidate said Pope Francis should "leave science to the scientists" and stay out of the climate change debate. However, as several publications quickly pointed out, Pope Francis actually does have a scientific background, graduating as a chemical technician and working as a chemist before joining the priesthood...." see full article


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1230 days ago | time
Pope Francis the Chemist Should Give Congress a Science Lesson - TIME
"...Santorum is not the only one nervous about the upcoming encyclical. Conservative and libertarian Christians have already begun to push back, attempting to undermine the authority of the pope on this issue. Republicans, including practicing Catholics like John Boehner, have been quick to denounce proposals to combat climate change as job killers that threaten the economy. When asked about the strong scientific consensus on climate change, they plead ignorance, arguing they are not qualified to assess the evidence because they are not scientists, and now they are trying to include Pope Francis in their supposed circle of ignorance.While Pope Benedict was labeled the Green Pope for his strong stance on environmental protection, he did not face this type of backlash. The difference has been the rising tension between a pope who frequently and relentlessly denounces under-regulated capitalism and a Catholic Right in the United States that is enamored by free-market fundamentalism...." see full article


1231 days ago | washingtonpost
Rick Santorum wants Pope Francis to leave science to scientists only when it's ... - Washington Post

"...What Santorum seems to misunderstand, but that Francis, Benedict and the Church get is that protecting creation is first and foremost a religious issue.Protecting creation and addressing climate change is a response to the God's ancient request that we be good stewards of all that God has given us: clean air, fresh water and fruits of the harvest.As presidential candidates from both parties gear up for 2016, perhaps it would be best if they spent less time lecturing Francis on what to talk about and spent more time heeding his words:..." see full article


1231 days ago | bustle
Rick Santorum Played His "Not A Scientist" Card Against Pope Francis, Of All People Utterly Contradicting Himself In The Process
"...To reiterate: this is the same Rick Santorum that embraces the decidedly unscientific view that human life begins at fertilization. He's also lambasted people concerned about climate change as being the modern-day equivalent of the flat-earthers, and has controversially referred to climate scientists as climate change's Pharisees.  In other words, Santorum's preemptive retort to Pope Francis (who's expected to release an encyclical on climate change soon essentially a Papal letter to Catholics) is some world-class doublespeak...." see full article


1232 days ago | thinkprogress
Santorum Wants The Pope To Back Off Talking About Climate Science - ThinkProgress
"...Unfortunately for Santorum, asking Pope Francis to leave science to the scientists is a tricky request, because while the Pope is the current leader of the Catholic Church, he also happens to have a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires. Francis isn't the only famous Catholic to have expertise in science as Scientific American pointed out in 2013, the Jesuit order has a long history of producing men with background in both theology and science. If the Catholic Church had always eschewed science, the 17th-century Catholic priest Giovanni Zup might have never discovered the orbital phases of Mercury, or the 19th-century priest Benito Vines might have never been able to create his method for forecasting hurricanes, which formed the basis of the modern early warning systems we use today.Instead of involving itself with science, Santorum argued that the Church should stick to what it does best: offering moral guidance. But Francis has always talked about climate change from a moral standpoint, stressing that it's a major problem because it disproportionately impacts the poor. During a lecture to the British Catholic group Cafod, Argentinian Bishop Marcelo S nchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Social Sciences and close friend of Francis, argued that the Pope is uniquely qualified to lead on climate change...." see full article


1232 days ago | national.suntimes
Rick Santorum tells Pope to 'leave the science to the scientists' when it ... - Cleveland Sun Times
"...For Santorum, steering clear of climate science is probably a prudent move.However, it's worth noting that Santorum not being a scientist hasn't stopped him from weighing in on other issues, such as abortion. Through both scientific reasoning and moral reasoning the answer was clear to me, he wrote in his 2006 book It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. He continued, saying, Abortion was the taking of an innocent human life. ..." see full article


1232 days ago | csmonitor
Why Rick Santorum doesn't want Pope Francis talking about climate change
"...Santorum has called climate change a hoax," and in 2012 said that  If you leave it to Nature, then Nature will do what Nature does, which is boom and bust,   Santorum said at an energy summit. We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit not for the Earth's benefit.  And many Republican candidates for US president have said that efforts to respond to climate change will undermine the economy...." see full article


1232 days ago | newrepublic
Rick Santorum Lectures the Pope on Weighing in on Climate Change
"...This is an especially weak preview of the Republican pushback against the Pope's expected environmental encyclical June 16. It serves to remind voters of what House Speaker John Boehner, another Catholic politician, has said about the subject: That he cannot answer questions about climate change, because he's not a scientist. Usually, when politicians use this excuse, they then go on to question established science that humans are warming the planet...." see full article



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