EcoLinks 06.26.15
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EcoLinks 06.26.15

The Pope, the Globe, and the Facts
Cal Thomas,

Is it worth radically altering our economies and lifestyles and giving government even more power over us for a climate change faith that has not been fully debated and is problematic at best and wrong at worst?

The Pope’s “Science Advisor” Is an Atheist Who Worships the Earth
The Rush Limbaugh Show

The word for it in the story that I found, one of the most credible stories, is a pantheist, which is a variation of atheist. A pantheist is somebody that believes the earth is a living organism that has the equivalent of a brain and reacts to horrible things done to it by humans.

U.S. has the strategy to back up Pope’s climate change appeal
The Lowell Sun

What’s the most efficient way of reducing harmful emissions? MIT Energy Economics Professor Christopher Knittel shows that revenue-neutral surcharges on emissions are far more efficient than present regulations. Present laws require new cars to be more fuel-efficient. For instance, electric cars get the equivalent of 100 mpg.

Heed the pope’s call for action on climate change
James Corbett, Seacoast Online

In contrast to the Pope, the President, and the majority of the American people, however, climate deniers and their allies in Congress are still trying to block public health and environmental safeguards. On the day the encyclical was released, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a bill aimed at dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan, which sets the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. It’s time for polluters and their congressional allies to stop trying to block action on climate, and start working to protect our public health, our environment, and our future.

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Includes Ambivalent Remarks on Ag Biotech
Caitlin Kennedy, BIOtechNow

Pope Francis agrees that “no conclusive proof exists that GM cereals may be harmful to human beings, and in some regions their use has brought about economic growth which has helped to resolve problems.”

Encyclical ignores too much of what we now know
Barry Fagin, The Colorado Springs Gazette

For most of human history, the overwhelming majority of humanity lived brutal, short lives in crushing poverty and misery. By modern standards, everyone was poor. Only within the last two hundred years or so did anything start to change, and when it did, it had an enormous impact. The last one percent of human history is responsible for 99 percent of its wealth.

The Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment
Wenonah Hauter, The New York Times

David Brooks’s denunciation of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment is unjustified. Mr. Brooks’s assertion that “self-interest” should guide environmental improvement turns a blind eye to the decades-old failure of market-based schemes to clean up the Earth. And his implication that such programs shouldn’t be criticized simply because they are already “up and running” is frankly absurd.

Miami archbishop: Pope Francis’ words nudge Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush on climate change
Patricia Mazzei, The Miami Herald

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski believes Pope Francis’ recent document on global warming is already changing the climate of the conversation in the presidential race, particularly among two friends, both members of his flock — and both angling for the most powerful position in the world.

Thank God Deflategate’s back; it’s more newsworthy than the Pope’s climate letter
Paul Mulshine, The Star Ledger

I never thought I’d miss that silly story about whether the footballs used by Tom Brady were a wee bit too soft. But after last week I was glad to see it back in the news Tuesday.It sure beat the heck out of being lectured about climate change by a bunch of clueless liberals too laze to research the issue for themselves.

Republicans Attack the Pope
Alan Farago, CounterPunch

Rubio said first that he finds it “ironic that a lot of the same liberals who are touting the encyclical on climate change ignore multiple pronouncements of this pope on the definition of marriage and the sanctity of life.”

Bruce Edward Walker

has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.