Pope Francis vs. Dumbass American Politician: Senator James Inhofe Says That the Catholic Pontiff Should Butt Out of the Climate Change Discussion

inhofeSnowball - CopyBy Elaine Magliaro

Last Thursday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told “a conference of global warming skeptics” at the Heartland Institute “that the fight against climate change is really about global control with little accountability.” Inhofe, the chair of the Senate environment and public works committee, is probably Congress’s most well-known climate change denier. He has claimed that human-caused climate change is “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” Earlier this year, Inhofe attempted to debunk the fact that climate change is real by throwing a snowball on the Senate floor.

Timothy Cama (The Hill)

The Heartland Institute, along with the Heritage Foundation, gave Inhofe the Political Leadership on Climate Change Award for his work against environmental policies.

In presenting the award, Jim DeMint, a former Republican senator and now president of Heritage, said Inhofe “has championed an ethic of rational conversation and conservatism that we must preserve our environment for the sake of people, not hurt them by entertaining ill-conceived doomsday prophecies which are neither honest nor scientific.”

Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian reported that Inhofe “took a star turn…at the Heartland Institute, whose conferences function as a hub for climate deniers.” In his acceptance speech, which opened the annual convention, Inhofe praised the institute’s members, saying they “are on the right side of the Lord on all of these things,” and God “will richly bless you for it.” Inhofe also suggested that Pope Francis should refrain from sharing his thoughts on the subject of climate change.

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Goldenberg:

The senator, in the company of friends and fellow disbelievers, handed out a page of 12 talking points for those confronted by evidence of climate change. He urged Heartland activists to go out and fight against what he called “the myth of global warming”.

He stood by his claim that climate change was a hoax, he told reporters later, even though it is not. The pope could do little to change his mind, he said – although the Catholic leader’s position on climate science certainly seemed to be a sensitive point for Inhofe.

“Everyone is going to ride the pope now. Isn’t that wonderful,” he said. “The pope ought to stay with his job, and we’ll stay with ours.”

Goldenberg added that Inhofe also said: “I am not going to talk about the pope. Let him run his shop, and we’ll run ours.”

According to Cama, Inhofe distributed the handouts  to attendees to “help them rebut many of the arguments for why climate change is real and caused by humans, a position that 97 percent of climate scientists agree on.” Inhofe said, “These are old arguments that have been refuted over and over again…pointing specifically to arguments that ice in Antarctica is retreating and that the polar bear population is declining.”

Goldenberg noted that over the course of his political career, the oil industry has donated more than $2 million to Inhofe’s campaigns. She added that the Oklahoma senator reprised the snowball stunt “with an image repeating over and over on the screen behind him.”

Goldenberg:

Back at the hotel full of deniers, Inhofe – after essentially telling the pope to butt out of his business – could not resist trespassing on that of the Vatican. Calling on those at the Heartland Institute to fan out and fight the Environmental Protection Agency rules for carbon pollution on power plants, due to be finalised this summer, and other environmental measures, he said: “If we do it as a team you will be doing the lord’s work, and he will eventually bless you for it. Amen.”

It appears as if Inhofe is trying to get out there ahead of the Catholic pontiff on the subject of climate change. The pope is expected to release “an unprecedented encyclical on the subject of the environment” later his week. John Vidal of The Guardian said, “Pope Francis will call for an ethical and economic revolution to prevent catastrophic climate change and growing inequality in a letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics on Thursday.” Vidal added that Pope Francis “is expected to argue that humanity’s exploitation of the planet’s resources has crossed the Earth’s natural boundaries, and that the world faces ruin without a revolution in hearts and minds.” Vidal continued by saying that the “much-anticipated message, which will be sent to the world’s 5,000 Catholic bishops, will be published online in five languages on Thursday and is expected to be the most radical statement yet from the outspoken pontiff.”

Vidal said that the encyclical “is certain to anger sections of Republican opinion in America by endorsing the warnings of climate scientists and admonishing rich elites…” He added that the pope “is expected to repeat calls for a change in attitudes to poverty and nature.”

Last year, the pontiff told a meeting of social movements, “An economic system centered on the god of money needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it…I think a question that we are not asking ourselves is: isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature? Safeguard creation because, if we destroy it, it will destroy us. Never forget this.”

I’m with the pope on this one. How about you?

SOURCES

Jim Inhofe Says The Pope Shouldn’t Talk About Climate Change (Huffington Post)

Republicans’ leading climate denier tells the pope to butt out of climate debate (The Guardian)

Sen. Jim Inhofe Tells Pope To Leave Climate Change To Scientists At Big Oil (Wonkette)

Inhofe: Climate change fight really about global control (The Hill)

Explosive intervention by Pope Francis set to transform climate change debate (The Guardian)

FURTHER READING (FLOWERS FOR SOCRATES)

Will Climate Change Denier James Inhofe Become Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee When Republicans Take Over the Senate in January? (With a Colbert Report “I’m Not a Scientist” Climate-Change Deniers Video)

New Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee Cites Bible…Claims Human-Caused Climate Change Is a Hoax (VIDEO)

Dumbass Politician from Oklahoma Throws Snowball on the Senate Floor in an Effort to Prove That Climate Change Is a Hoax (VIDEOS)

Someone…Anyone…Please Tell the Dumbass Senator with the Snowball That the Route for the Iditarod Race Had to Be Changed Because of Alaska’s Warm Winter

 

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14 Responses to Pope Francis vs. Dumbass American Politician: Senator James Inhofe Says That the Catholic Pontiff Should Butt Out of the Climate Change Discussion

  1. rafflaw says:

    Calling Inhoffe a dumb ass is too kind! Pope Francis has it right.

  2. bigfatmike says:

    “Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian reported that Inhofe “took a star turn…at the Heartland Institute, whose conferences function as a hub for climate deniers.” In his acceptance speech, which opened the annual convention, Inhofe praised the institute’s members, saying they “are on the right side of the Lord on all of these things,” and God “will richly bless you for it.” Inhofe also suggested that Pope Francis should refrain from sharing his thoughts on the subject of climate change.”

    Apparently Inhofe knows more about God’s will than God’s representative here on earth.

    Do you think Inhofe has started selling indulgences yet? Has Inhofe’s staff set a schedule for confessions yet? Now that we have Inhofe do we really need a president, or elections?

  3. blouise says:

    Batshit crazy. The whole bunch of them sound like a gaggle of blacksmiths opining that the horseless carriage is just a passing fad.

  4. swarthmoremom says:

    Of course, I am with the pope. It would be nice if the dems took the senate back in 2016 and removed this idiot from his chairmanship.

  5. Mike Spindell says:

    I don’t think Inhofe is crazy, unless it is crazy like a fox. Inhofe is merely a hypocritical, whore politician who is getting rich and getting elected because he flacks for major corporate sponsors. He also has no problem when conservative religious leaders, also whores for money agree with his nonsensical, but profitable positions.

  6. blouise says:

    Mike,

    But they pick the most ridiculous subjects upon which to make a stand. That’s what I think is crazy.

  7. Bob Kauten says:

    Well, I’m no scientist, but…oh…never mind.

  8. Elaine M. says:

    ‘We Are Not God’: Pope Francis’ Leaked Encyclical Rails Against Exploitation Of Fossil Fuels
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/15/3669712/pope-francis-encyclical-we-are-not-god/

    Excerpt:
    After months of build up, an Italian-language document believed to be an early draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment was leaked four days early on Monday, breaking a Vatican embargo on an official papal teaching that flatly rejects traditional conservative Christian justifications for exploiting the planet.

    Vatican officials condemned the leak on Monday, saying that the early release of the nearly 200-page document constituted a “heinous act” and insisting that it is “not the final text.” Regardless, if genuine, the Italian-language draft of the encyclical — or one of the highest forms of official Church teaching a pope can produce — will undoubtedly make waves not only for its insistence that humanity protect the environment, but also for its deconstruction of conservative arguments against climate change.

    ThinkProgress was not provided with an embargoed copy of the official encyclical, but ran sections of the leaked document by an Italian speaker. The likely encyclical draft — entitled “Laudato Si” or “Praised Be”, from a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi — directly addressed the old biblical claim that because God gave humanity “dominion” over the earth in Genesis, humanity has a right to exploit it at will. This has also been a popular position among American politicians, who have used God to advocate for the continued development of fossil fuels.

  9. I have to confess . . . I like this new Pope.
    And I’m not even remotely Catholic.

  10. pete says:

    The pope should stick to social issues and leave science to failed businessman politicians.

  11. Elaine M. says:

    Jeb Bush Thinks His Faith Shouldn’t Inform His Position On Climate Change. Except When He Does.
    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/06/18/3671027/jeb-bush-faith-climate/

    Excerpt:
    Former Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush doesn’t want his Catholic faith to inform his politics. Well, except for when he does.

    Speaking at a town hall campaign event in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago, all but dismissed the pope’s new encyclical on the environment, which was leaked to the press on Monday and officially released on Thursday. In an apparent rejection of the document’s impressively comprehensive, faith-based call for Catholics to help end climate change, Bush said that he thinks religion “ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.”

    “I hope I’m not going to get castigated for saying this by my priest back home,” Bush added, “but I don’t get my economic policy from my bishops or my cardinals or my pope.”

    While Bush seems suddenly eager to distance himself from the pontiff, he was singing a very different tune just last month, when he offered the commencement address at Liberty University. After specifically championing Pope Francis as an exemplar of the Christian faith, Bush pushed back on the idea that a politician should unconditionally cleave their faith from their legislative agenda.

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