This summer, Pope Francis is set to make a big speech concerning his thoughts on environmental issues impacting our planet where he’s expected to make a very strong push for the global community to take immediate steps to fight against human-made climate change.
While his comments are unlikely to change the minds of those who continue to foolishly deny that humans are driving climate change, his speech will at least allow the subject to be given a broad, global audience that it desperately needs. Not only that, but being the de facto “leader of Christianity,” Pope Francis publicly supporting the reality of human-made climate change will be a massive “win” for the scientific community that often battles religious zealots who seem to believe that God controls the weather.
Well, it seems the Koch brothers aren’t exactly thrilled that Pope Francis is expected to publicly endorse his belief that humans are causing climate change and are apparently dispatching a group of “climate scientists” from The Heartland Institute to show the pope that human-made climate change is all a giant myth.
In case you’re unaware, The Heartland Institute is a conservative think-tank controlled by Charles Koch.
To sort of summarize the “credibility” of this organization, decades ago when big tobacco was trying to discredit the overwhelming scientific data that linked smoking to cancer and other health risks, The Heartland Institute was one of the leading groups helping tobacco companies like Philip Morris try to discredit the evidence proving that smoking was, in fact, extremely dangerous.
In other words, they’re nothing more than group that sells themselves off to big, corrupt industries to peddle whatever propaganda they’re trying to sell. When you’ve once defended big tobacco, claiming that smoking isn’t hazardous to anyone’s health, you’ve pretty much lost any credibility as an organization that should be taken seriously.
Sadly, millions of conservatives do take them seriously.
Thankfully I feel like I can safely assume that The Heartland Institute’s efforts to turn Pope Francis into a climate change denier will fall on deaf ears. Past comments made by the pope – including some where he declared “if we destroy creation, creation will destroy us” – seem to be a clear indication that he believes humans are destroying the planet and if we continue to do so it will eventually lead to our downfall as a species.
But after Pope Francis most likely rebukes the Koch’s attempt to turn him into some fool who denies the vast majority of the scientific community with “climate science” sponsored by big oil, are they then going to do what they’ve done to the Affordable Care Act and start trying to irrationally slander the pope?
It honestly wouldn’t shock me if they did.
Hell, some conservatives have openly questioned Pope Francis on Christianity because he dared to actually act like a Christian – which seemed far too much like a “socialist-loving liberal” to them.
But the fact that the Koch brothers are sending a team of propagandists to the pope shows just how desperate they are to continue to try to perpetuate the absurd idea that climate change is a hoax. As if Pope Francis is someone they can buy off, like they have with so many Republican politicians.
The best they’ve got is a group of “scientists” from an organization that once argued that there were no health hazards to smoking; that in and of itself shows the kind of immoral and unethical people we’re dealing with.