James Inhofe Lectures Pope Francis: Leave Climate Change To Us

Republican Senator James Inhofe says that global warming is the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” and now he wants Pope Francis to leave it to the politicians. The pope has taken up climate change as a moral issue and intends to use his influence at the Paris climate summit later this year. That is, unless he listens to Inhofe.

Speaking at the conservative Heartland Institute, the Oklahoma Senator had a simple message — the pope should mind his own business. According to the Guardian, Inhofe seemed a bit defensive about the Holy Father’s position on climate change.

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

He added a moment later, “I am not going to talk about the pope. Let him run his shop, and we’ll run ours.”

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Pope Francis is preparing to write climate change into an encyclical, a letter to the bishops that is considered authoritative despite an informal origin. This encyclical promises to be more accessible and readable to people outside of the Papal hierarchy.

In it, the pope is expected to frame climate change as a moral issue, echoing the language he has already used many times. That letter will come out on Thursday.

Later on, Pope Francis will address the Paris Summit to lend his moral weight to the issue. The G7 also made headlines when they announced a pledge to end the use of fossil fuels by 2100 and limit global warming to two degrees Celsius. The promise is considered a good sign for Paris.

James Inhofe appears to be fine with the Paris meeting, in general, so long as it’s all just talk.

“They talked about it — very good. Now they say it is all going to come together in Paris, and I don’t think it is.”

Inhofe, on the other hand, called for plenty of action from the climate-change-denying members of the Heartland Institute. Armed with a sheet of talking points for when confronted with climate science, he asked the people to start fighting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft regulations to limit the amount of carbon power plants can produce.

James Inhofe then assured them that God was on their side.

“If we do it as a team you will be doing the lord’s work, and he will eventually bless you for it. Amen.”

Politicians other than Jame Inhofe are fighting climate change action, causing even some Catholic conservatives to rally against the message of their own church.

Rick Santorum, Catholic social conservative, explained that the church has been wrong before, according to the Huffington Post.

“The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality. When we get involved with political and controversial scientific theories, I think the church is not as forceful and credible.”

James Inhofe is also chairman of the Senate environment and public works committee and once famously threw a snowball in Congress to disprove climate scientists.

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