It has long been a maxim that mixing religion and politics can spell trouble. So when Rick Santorum told a partisan crowd in Columbus, Ohio, recently that President Obama's
worldview was based on a "phony theology" that drives "radical
environmentalists," he must have known his comments would reverberate
far beyond his conservative political base.
Santorum was speaking
of efforts to forestall the worst effects of climate change through
controls on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels, and policies
aimed at encouraging the development of renewable sources of energy.
Obama, he said, was putting the Earth before the needs of humans. "It's
about some phony ideal, some phony theology." That theology, he said,
was not "based on the Bible." At another point, he rejected as unproven
the findings of the vast majority of the world's reputable scientists
that humans are accelerating climate change. Climate change, he claimed,
is not about "climate science" but "political science."
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