Mr. Santorum is at it again. Leave the Pope alone.

The former senator Rick Santorum offers his views on climate change and stated that “science is not settled.”

The Republican presidential aspirant declared that the pope should leave the role of instituting environmental regulations “to the scientists” or in this matter, to politicians, in an interview on Sunday.

When Fox News host Chris Wallace inquired to the former senator, who is a staunch speaker about climate change regulations, if  Pope Francis is an authority with regards to issues on climate change, Santorum responded by saying:

“This is what bothers me about this debate – the idea that the science is settled,” Santorum said. “But the point is that politicians, whether we like it or not, people in government have to make decisions with regard to public policy that affect American workers,” he stated.

When asked  to what extent should the moral authority of the Catholic leader is with regards to climate change, the skeptic replied by saying “that’s important, but I think there are more pressing problems confronting the Earth than climate change.”

“Any time you hear a scientist say the science is settled, that’s political science, not real science, because no scientists in their right mind would say ever the science is settled,” the former Pennsylvania senator added.

Santorum, who lost his 2012 bid for the White House seat, is a self proclaimed devoted Catholic, but not on his views about climate change.

Just the previous week, Santorum said,  “the church has gotten it wrong a few times on science.”  Additionally, he said, “I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we do – what we’re really good at,– which is theology and morality.”

And in response to the Papal speech  last month, he advised that “with political and controversial scientific theories,” he  thinks “ the church is probably not as forceful and credible.”

Santorum declared his sentiments amid reports that the Pope will release an encyclical letter about the environment this June 18th.

Source: http://media.salon.com/

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