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Why is the Pope meeting with that adulterer?
Why is the Pope meeting with that adulterer?

Pope Francis met with an international group of scientists Monday, including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, and used the occasion to remind world leaders that climate science is real and the Paris Climate Agreement shouldn’t be abandoned. Not that Francis mentioned any particular leaders or anything, just those leaders who have been making noises about walking away from the Paris agreement and spewing as much CO2 into the atmosphere as humanly possible. The Pope didn’t specify Donald Trump, of course — just world leaders who might put short-term profits ahead of the fitness of the Earth to sustain the human creatures crawling around on it, thinking they’re pretty hot with their digital watches and all:

“The ‘distraction’ or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek profit above all else,” Francis said.

Francis, who wrote an encyclical, or papal letter, on the environment last year, took a swipe at those who dispute that climate change is caused by human activity, criticizing “the ease with which well-founded scientific opinion about the state of our planet is disregarded”.

As it happens, Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed climate change is a hoax, and that all that science is merely a plot by China to keep America from getting rich. You may remember that!

trump climate china

Francis’s speech also called for scientists to be allowed to “work free of political, economic or ideological interests, to develop a cultural model which can face the crisis of climatic change and its social consequences,” which may not sit well with the president-elect who knows less about energy than Sarah Palin and whose transition team is filled with climate deniers and oil company lobbyists.

In addition, the Pope spoke some outright blasphemy about the role of humans in ripping the planet to shreds for money, saying we mustn’t consider ourselves “owners and masters of nature, authorized to plunder it without any consideration of its hidden potential and laws of development.” Clearly, the Pope doesn’t own enough stock in coal and oil companies. Somebody should demand Francis release his taxes.

ThinkProgress points out Pope Francis has been a strong supporter of the Paris climate treaty, which the U.S. negotiated and signed in 2015, and that the BBC reported Francis may have played a personal role in convincing Nicaragua to sign on to to the agreement — it’s rumored that Francis phoned the Nicaraguan president to persuade him to play well with the rest of the planet. It’s almost as if the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics thinks the health of the planet and its ability to sustain human life are important somehow.

It’s unclear whether the moral suasion of the Pope or the scientific authority of the world scientific community will have any effect on the walking Bad Hair Day who’ll soon occupy the Oval Office. Reuters notes, with considerable whistling in the dark, that Trump made at least a token gesture toward acknowledging reality last week when he told the New York Times “he was keeping ‘an open mind’ and that there might be ‘some connectivity’ between human activity and global warming,” but also pointed out that Trump’s chief of staff to be, Reince Priebus, later insisted to Fox News that climate change is “a bunch of bunk.”

So take that, Mr. Smarty-Pope. It is not known whether president-elect Trump has taken any time away from his busy schedule of avoiding security briefings to practicing a hilarious mocking impersonation of Dr. Hawking to amuse his crowds.

[Reuters / ThinkProgress]

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  • Vecchiojohn

    How many divisions does the Pope have?

  • Crystalclear12

    But. . . Trump is pro-life!!

    • Vecchiojohn

      That’s right! Has he considered the impact on the unborn of a dead planet?

    • Nounverb911

      Except for all the people he wants to kill.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Just seeing Pope Francis in the same room as Professor Hawking makes me want to nerdgasm.

    • Vecchiojohn

      We’re approaching peak nerd!

    • Pinkham’s Law

      Needs more NDT.

  • goonemeritus

    I’m conflicted, as a Catholic I naturally defer to my Pope in all things but as an American I worry that I might have to stop burning old tires in my burn pit.

    • Doug Langley

      Nobody can take away your right to burn tires! It’s one of them amendment thingies.

    • clubseal

      If killing off entire species of animals in search of profit is wrong, then … well, that does sound wrong.
      – Rational people

  • Lizzietish81

    For his Motorcade, Trump will demand stretched Escalades, all rolling coal.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl4nzcW8ZX0

  • The Outraged Ms. MLG

    Look. I don’t know a thing about this climate change of which you speak, but did you see that dress Kim Kardashian wore out last night? Did you know she has a butt? Let’s focus on important stuff here, people!

  • Climate change is real. Yesterday it was in the 30’s and damp, nearly snowing at one point and today it is in the upper 50’s and balmy.

    • Crank Tango

      I think they call that “weather.”

  • Bill D. Burger

    Ask Jon Huntsman what being a Republican and stating a belief in climate change, evolution…etc. will get you.

    http://f.tqn.com/y/politicalhumor/1/S/-/1/5/dad-science-republicans.jpg

    http://www.kappit.com/img/pics/201601_1348_ddbde_sm.jpg

  • memzilla (Maquis Uni)

    The Ever-Adaptable Planet will be Just Fine. Humans, on the other hand…

    • Oblios_Cap

      Maybe that will be for the best. A bunch of mostly insane, homicidal monkeys are just cluttering the place up these days.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “Weak pope apologized to Galileo. WRONG! I never apologize.”
    — Donald Trump

  • Crank Tango

    I’d be fine never reading that dipshit’s tweets ever again.

  • CutterTeam

    This is a simple nomenclature issue. Just start calling climate change “professional wrestling” and majority of Republicans will immediately believe it’s real. Problem solved.

    Speaking of which, I’ve got Hulk Hogan in the “Trump’s pick for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs” office pool. Some real hope here.

    • The Outraged Ms. MLG

      Haaaaaa!!

    • Alex Grey

      Probably a better choice than the people in his actual candidate pool…

  • Scooby

    What the fuck just happened?
    – Galileo Galiei

    • Doug Langley

      Sadly, this was all too familiar to Galileo.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Vecchiojohn

      . . . and I am Marie of Romania . .

      • theCryptofishist

        Pleased to meetcha, Marie. I’m Zog of Albania.

  • Nounverb911

    The Pope later that he WAS in favor of selective global warming if it took out Mar-A-Lago.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09092b4e59ec582ffb59cd6deb69600b14348f3ffd0bca129329eabe5da732b8.jpg

  • Hey, Mr. Pope, we don’t need no environmental bullshit talk about socialism and the UN Agenda 21ing our golf courses! We here know that Jay-sus will be back to rapture us to heaven and save us. So burn all the oils now befere He gits here.

  • Oblios_Cap

    As it happens, Mr. Trump has repeatedly claimed climate change is a hoax, and that all that science is merely a plot by China to keep America from getting rich.

    So Trump thinks the Pope is Chinese?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      He does wear silk robes and funny hats.

      • theCryptofishist

        Check him for bound feet!

  • AntiDerpomeme

    The saddest thing of all about the orange asshole’s plan of stocking his cabinet and chief policy-makers with climate change deniers is that the people that will suffer first are not the ones that voted for him (although there will be pain there too). There are island nations that will disappear, armed conflicts that will be worsened, diseases that will spread more quickly, storms that will cause devastation, etc, etc. all over the world. I think the Pope recognizes this fact, but has far less influence to stop the suffering than a narcissist who has zero interest or inclination to act.

    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/

  • Spurning Beer

    I notice that Mister Smarty Pope doesn’t have much to say about the CO2 produced by all those candles they’re constantly burning.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “The pope should stick to talking about Two Corinthians, and leave the science stuff to ignorant politicians.”
    — Donald Trump

  • Praise Kek

    I wonder how many commenters here in favor of the popes stand on this issue are in favor of the Pope/Catholic Church’s stance on say abortion?

  • puredog

    Um, that alleged global-warming/China tweet? He didn’t say that, you know. Geez you guys are out of date.

    • FauxAntocles

      Hold on a minute – it’ll come back around.

  • FauxAntocles

    The hoax is that dealing with climate change would hurt the economy – it would create thousands of new jobs. The only problem is the money might be diverted from gas/oil/coal barons.

  • dslindc

    It sounds like the Pope is unaware that there was a snowball in the Senate! SAD!

    • He thought it was just a picture of any number of senators’ hair

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “Global warming? The globe in my office is a constant 72 degrees!”
      — James Inhofe

  • boyblue122

    Yesterday Trump’s official stance through Rince Pubis was that climate change was a bunch of hogwash

  • Beowoof14

    Cheetolini’s reaction to Francis saying not to build walls when he was in Mexico during the campaign is pretty indicative as to how Mango Mussolini will react to this plea. Screw it all I want more money.

  • Charles Wolf

    I heard that God is torching Tennessee because they didn’t vote for Al Gore.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Lawyers for President Trump have filed a lawsuit against carbon dioxide for ‘egregious sea level rise that infringes upon the operation of the Mar-A-Lage Resort.’ Lawyers for carbon dioxide feel confident Earth is the new Venus.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      “I get all the blame because nobody admits to producing methane.”
      — CO2

      • Crank Tango

        It was the dog.

      • clubseal

        There’s carbon in methane too, so it appears that carbon’s an asshole. One that will start a 45 minute racist rant in a craft store, probably.

        • Latverian Diplomat

          “You can’t trust those black elements.”
          — The closest a Trumpkin can get to admitting there’s a problem

      • MynameisBlarney

        *farts*

        What?

    • Vecchiojohn

      I, for one, look forward to growing my own coffee beans outside my cabin on Mt. Hood.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        And grapefruit.

        • MynameisBlarney

          And coconuts.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Meanwhile, the Pentagon continues their attempts to convince the incoming preznit, that one cannot, in fact, “Nuke rising sea levels that threaten his business holdings”.

  • calliecallie

    The good news about climate change is that Canadia will become much more livable. For when we all have to evacuate Drumpfland.

  • dslindc

    I dunno, that seems a little preachy to me. Who does he think he is?

    • Nockular cavity

      Yeah, who made him Pope?

  • MynameisBlarney

    I have a sinking feeling that trump and his menagerie of fucktards are gonna fuck shit up sooooo bad in every way, that our friends and allies are gonna be forced to take action.

    And it will not be pretty.

    • dslindc

      Friends and allies? We won’t have any of those when Trump is done making ‘Murrica great again!

      • MynameisBlarney

        Indeed.
        And that would be the precise point that our former friends and allies decide to take action.

    • Vecchiojohn

      Hello, Angela? Francois ici. I have Theresa on the line. Justin, are you on?

  • msanthropesmr

    Please Mr Trump. Start a Twitter fight with the pontiff

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Does the pope still tweet in Latin?

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Frankie better watch his mouth. Be a shame if something happened to the Vatican.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        “Keep his robe!”…

    • “I hear he spent last Easter washing Muslim feet. Hope he checked for shoe bombs!”

  • clubseal

    And someone will “cleverly” ask the Pope to condemn volcanoes for emitting carbon dioxide in 3…2…

    • The Outraged Ms. MLG

      When everyone knows the streams of redhot lava, earthquakes and giant ash clouds are way scarier! Get it together, Pope!

  • Doug Langley

    Reminds me of one boss I once had. A whiz in IT. Knew web programming inside and out. Busting with pride that his daughter graduated CalTech with a PhD in physics.

    This is the same guy who breathlessly told me how liberals made up the global warming hoax for the purpose of taxing cow farts.

    • boyblue122

      Ben Carson of the IT world?

      • Nounverb911

        “The pyramids were built to store Doofus j Trumps twitters”
        –Ben Carson

        • Doug Langley

          We’re gonna need a bigger pyramid.

    • I thought it was to force farmers to buy bovine diapers. Did the plan change once it was sent to the Omniscient Council of Liberalness?

      • msanthropesmr

        The omniscient Council of liberals smells like cow farts.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      I learned long ago, book smarts and common sense are not connected.

      • Doug Langley

        I was young and naive at the time.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      I’m guessing he and his daughter have had some awkward Thanksgivings.

      • Doug Langley

        They seemed to get along fine, although to be fair it’s hard for cow farts to come up in casual conversation.

    • eka

      there are a lot of people of my parents’ generation who just don’t want to believe in global warming because they don’t want the inconvenience of having to rethink some of their lifestyle choices.

      • MynameisBlarney

        I actually had someone ask me in a very loud and incredulous manner “Does that mean we’ll have to change our way of life?!?!?”

        I was like, yes. Yes it does.

        Adapt or perish.

    • Msgr_Moment

      OTOH, you certainly don’t have to be a genius to be a climate denier. No, not at all.

    • Mary Sandoras

      I used to work for some brilliant engineers, some of them I had to tie their shoelaces for them in the mornings.

    • Ali | Cat of the Resistance

      Should we be taxing cow farts? Could that be profitable to us?

      • eka

        so does that mean we’ll fix the budget by taxing trump for every tweet?

        • Ali | Cat of the Resistance

          Christ, we’d be debt-free after a year.

      • Doug Langley

        Dunno. Seemed to make sense to him.

  • boyblue122

    Never mind climate change, republicans dont even want to confront issues like having clean drinking water in places like Flint. They want to scrap the EPA or gut its funding to the point its totally ineffective

  • fawkedifiknow

    We are in serious trouble when the Pope is more convinced by science than the president-elect and his entire mob of brain dead supporters.

  • Mavenmaven

    well, so much for Trump appearing at a Catholic charities event like the Alfred E. Smith dinner again.

  • Vecchiojohn

    Who you gonna believe? Me, or Lyin Frank?

    • Msgr_Moment

      Unmarried, hangs-around-other-guys-a-lot-IYKWIM Frank.

      • Vecchiojohn

        And those dresses – don’t get me started, girlfriend.

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      Low energy pope. Sad!

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Trump has requested the ability to “roll coal” with the presidential limo.

    • Hutch

      I HATE that. It’s just pollution porn!

    • Vecchiojohn

      Shut down Fifth Avenue for taxi drag races or GTFO!

  • Scooby

    Who knew the Pope was Chinese?

    • Vecchiojohn

      There are a lot of Chinese in Argentina.

      • Scooby

        Chifa!

  • Mary Sandoras

    Okay OT. I need to vent. This is the second phone call I have gotten concerning charitable contributions for policeman. I forget what was the first one was in relationship to policeman. ( only 5% went to the actual charity) I hung up at that point. This one was the heartbreaker, collecting funds for policeman killed in the line of duty for their families. Only 10% actually goes to the families. These organizations are scamming the public on other peoples misfortunes. Screw them, I can contribute directly and bypass these greedy assholes.

    • Vecchiojohn

      Your attorney general’s office might be interested in this.

      • Mary Sandoras

        I will, they use org names that imply they are actually police representatives.

    • I got those, too, until I pledged a small amount and never paid it. I stopped getting phone calls from them after that. I give to many local charities, but these things really piss me off.

      • Mary Sandoras

        I generally contribute to food banks and churches that feed the poor. I’m not opposed to contributing to policeman, I used to buy the local policemans ball tickets. Yeah, it pisses me off when someone is out to profit on others misfortunes.

        • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

          There are other groups that help police and their families that aren’t scams. Nothing wrong with being selective.

          • Resistinceisnotfutile

            Same goes for firefighters. They also have a burn unit they fund in LA. It’s called the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation and it’s legit.

      • Ryan Denniston

        Have you considered running for higher office?

        • Oh jeez I’m not THAT big of a deadbeat! I just wanted to get these fuckers to stop calling me. I think the one I pledged money to and didn’t pay wasn’t even a “non-profit” one.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I’m more offended when it is the actual cops coming to me for donations because they are underpaid. They are, but that’s not my problem. They need to take it up with their right-wing Sheriff, Chief, or union rep. I should donate to them rather than to waitresses or farm laborers or electricians because their elected or appointed representative in the budget process is incompetent or stupid? Nope.

      I did offer to donate once, with the condition that I would only make my donation if the particular jurisdiction could make it 30 days without violating somebody’s constitutional rights. The cop doing the begging wouldn’t take me up on my offer. A week later, I got one of his cases dismissed for an illegal search.

    • AnOuthouse

      I love the one where you pay to see an Elvis impersonator who keeps 98% of the $$.

    • formerChild

      I worked (for a VERY short time) for one of these scams, back in the 90s. You’ll also find, if you do some fact checking, that the miniscule percentage that actually goes to the ‘police’ (or firefighters) goes to their UNION. Needless to say, I was job-hunting after 2 days on the job. (Right after the supervisor said, “If these old people can afford a phone, they can afford to donate.”)

  • Msgr_Moment

    Pope Frank would have told Donny to multiply and be fruitful, but not in those exact words.

    • Hutch

      Not in those exact words, and with a bell, book, and candle, methinks.

      • Msgr_Moment

        Kinky! Tell me more.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Really. I thought the words were “fuck off, Donny”.

  • WiscoJoe

    “I don’t understand. What does this have to do with abortion?” -every Republican Catholic in America.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Wanna have some fun with a Catholic (preferably a right-wing one)? Name all the Catholics who have been on the Democratic Presidential ticket in the past few elections, then ask who the last Catholic Presidential or VP candidate the GOP ran was.

      • WiscoJoe

        Paul Ryan.

        Also, that game isn’t much fun because the right-wing Catholics in my family think that Mike Pence is a “real” Catholic, even though he abandoned the church for evangelicalism long ago, while Tim Kaine is a traitor who is trying to bring down the church from within.

        • Resistance Engineer Red Bird

          Just like Rubio, Pence uses his Catholic upbringing to pander to the conservative Catholics.

  • Scooby

    甚至教皇为我们工作!

    • Vecchiojohn

      Easy for you to say . . .

      • Oblios_Cap

        Does that say “What would Scooby Doo?” in Mandarin?

        • clubseal

          I’m almost afraid to know what Scooby Snacks actually were. I mean, why were they so appealing to human and animal?

    • I know enough Chinese characters to play Mah Jong, but I have no idea what that says. I tried copy and pasting it into the google for a translation, but that didn’t work either.

      • Scooby

        “The Pope now works for us”

  • elviouslyqueer

    Dear Pope,

    Since you have a direct line to the Almighty, perhaps you could see fit to ask him/her to do a plague smackdown in DC on January 20.

    Just a thought.

    Kisses,

    EQ

    • therblig

      or some targeted smiting

    • Vecchiojohn

      No! Don’t you know how bad His aim is these days?

      • idiokratischtrumpenjugend

        Eh, it’s a target rich environment. No matter where you smite, you’re bound to fuck up at least a few trumpstains.

    • Whale Chowder

      Waitaminute there… Mrs. Chowder will be for the protest march. Careful with that smiting.

  • btwbfdimho
    • Ryan Denniston

      Look how big and beautiful and tremendous those CO2 emissions are! We’re already Making America Great Again! I’ll be sick of all this winning before he even takes office.

    • clubseal

      We’re emitting more carbon than anyone. Diamonds are made of carbon. Yuuuuge profit.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    Both science and morality are being very unfair to Trump. No wonder they are failing and losing subscribers. Sad!

  • Ryan Denniston

    “It’s unclear whether the moral suasion of the Pope or the scientific authority of the world scientific community will have any effect on the walking Bad Hair Day who’ll soon occupy the Oval Office.”
    How much influence does he have over Mr. 2 Corinthians? The guy who doesn’t really think he needs to ask God for forgiveness for anything? Oh, the Pope has all of the influence Katie.

    • Jamoche

      Can’t find the clip John Oliver had where the Fox talking heads were all “Who does the Pope think he is, saying Trump isn’t a Christian?”

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Did Rep. Cummings expect anything else?

      • a napkin?

        • Resistinceisnotfutile

          A squirrel?

      • theCryptofishist

        Probably not. Still, it’s an important test.

    • Snopes Shop

      Ugh I’d forgotten all about that pig face.

  • AntiDerpomeme
  • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

    Right wing Catholics like Ross Douthat, who is well known to be more Catholic than all the Popes in history rolled together (which sounds like quite a circus act right there) have long since made it clear that for the duration, for as long as Francis occupies the Vatican, the Pope is not the Pope of them, there is no such thing as papal infallibility, Francis you ignorant slut.

    Popes are supposed to be right-wing, like the brilliant reactionary John Paul II, or even–if needs must–like the lacy fuss-budget and up-market shoe maven Benedict. Ross knows that. Real Catholics like Samuel Alito and John Roberts and Clarence Thomas and Newt Gingrich and Steve Bannon know it, too. Popes are supposed to be part of the right-wing apparat.

    What they’re not supposed to be is some silly little liberal who goes all Jesus Christ on the Faith.

    So shut up, Francis.

    • Jennifer R

      I would love to see frankie move ross to some tiny nowhere parish in deep Louisianan.

    • eggsacklywright

      Yeah, he’s bucking that tradition of being nice to the nice Nazis.

    • DustBowlBlues

      “What they’re not supposed to be is some silly little liberal who goes all Jesus Christ on the Faith.”

      Supply-side Jesus very common in Xian Academy learning.

    • theCryptofishist

      So, he’s the Obama of Popes…

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      ups for the “Stripes” reference!

  • Ali | Cat of the Resistance

    I’m a lapsed Catholic and I can never forgive the Church for some of their shit, but god dammit, I fucking love this Pope.

    Still not comin’ back to church, though, Frank.

  • Jenny

    But white Jesus, with the good hair, rode in on his dinosaur, pointed his ar-15 to the sky and said his dad done gave us the world for our pleasure and such. And being a good economic consumer is the only way to get into heaven. So let’s get to Frackin!!!

    • Msgr_Moment

      What part of ‘pursuit of happiness’ did Frankie miss while studying the Bibbel?

      • SpideySenser

        AOT, K.

  • Msgr_Moment

    We think of the Church as having infinite inertia and letting the world move around it while it stands still.
    Eppur si muove!
    Trumpland? Not so much.

    • Jennifer R

      Which is funny considering the church in any meaningful sense is only about 1300 years old. Not even the oldest human institution.

      • theCryptofishist

        I’ve often wondered about that. I mean the oldest institution. What’s older? Chinese civil service? Indian religious institutions? Japanese?

    • Meanie-meanie, tickle a person

      Upon this rock in the stream I will build my church. Paul, be a bud and hand me my floaties, just in case…

  • Vienna Woods

    NOT OT: Today, November 29, in SW Ontario (sure, the banana belt, but still!) I walked to check the mailbox in a tank top and leggings. Comfortably. 15C. November 29.

    • Nounverb911

      How many degrees is that in American?

      • Jennaratrix

        Beat me to it.

      • PubOption

        Easy conversion. Double the Celsius figure, which gives 30, take off 10% which gives 27, add on 32 which gives 59. It is more difficult going from F to C because that needs an 11% addition.

        Oops, I’m putting math in the Wonket again.

        • eggsacklywright

          Or, double the Celsius figure, double it again, and subtract one.
          Easy, no?

      • Vienna Woods

        60, basically.

      • President in Exile Firefly

        My car gets 18 furlongs to the gill and that’s the way I like it!

  • boyblue122

    OT – So how did that Hamilton boycott/protest work out for RWNJs

    https://twitter.com/Slate/status/803669859091365888

    • Reddishrabbit

      Well we all remember the Disney boycott went. Pretty sure Disney is out out business now right?

    • Jennaratrix

      Not great, since everyone “boycotting” was in East Bumshart, Nebrahoma, where it isn’t playing, and probably wouldn’t be caught dead in a theater ANYway.

    • Ezio

      Boycott Hamilton? Did the right-wingers know that this show has been selling out like crazy for months and it’s near impossible to get tickets?

    • JustDon’tSayDittos

      About the same as my boycott of Walmart, Chick-filet, and Pottery Barn. You can’t boycott a business you already never buy stuff from.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Juuuust in case you haven’t seen a million times already.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9t-slLl30E

    • Jennaratrix

      How have I NOT seen that a million times already?!?

    • Welcome to the Wake

      Better than the original!

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    Got a new prescription. I think this eye doctor is my all-time favorite.

  • Lefty Frizzell

    I don’t see how he can be the real pope anyway. Sean Hannity doesn’t like him, and when it comes to who knows more about christianity, I know where my vote’s going.

  • Jennaratrix

    “the president-elect who knows less about energy than Sarah Palin and whose transition team is filled with climate deniers and oil company lobbyists.”

    So they’ve finally done it. They’ve gone from denying climate change to denying the whole climate!!

  • Lefty Frizzell

    This is EXACTLY the sort of scenario where Republicans come out of the woodwork to sneer at science, education and learning in all its many forms, and then everybody votes for an astoundingly uneducated man and the media can’t put two and two together. At this point one wonders if there’s anything worth saving.

    • theCryptofishist

      Ironically, journalists who learned on the job may be better able to appreciate learning than journalists who learned at college.

  • DustBowlBlues

    Of course the pope doesn’t have oil shares. Everyone knows the Illuminati store the gold at the Vatican Bank.

    • PubOption

      I seem to remember hearing that the Mafia put some of their money in the Vatican bank, so that the Italian government couldn’t find it.

      • DustBowlBlues

        Funny. I’d think it would be the first place they looked.

      • I heard the church stashed its money in the mafiosa bank so the gov couldn’t find it

        • mailman27

          It’s in the drawer with all those thin nylon socks.

  • DustBowlBlues

    When’s Trump’s next rally? I’ll bet his imitation of Stephen Hawking kills.

  • Ezio

    You know, I consider myself a Christian, but I don’t get why so many believers, particularly those on the right, feel it’s okay to just trash the environment like it means nothing. Even IF you don’t accept climate change, why would you not want to treat the environment properly?

    • Lefty Frizzell
    • MynameisBlarney

      Because they worship Republican Jesus, and he thinks that’s gay.

    • shaar dula

      you will not get a more cogent answer to that question than this:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uwGL5Gg8Rw

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Hey goldurn it, who dumped that oil and gas on those foreign countries? Where was God when that happened? Hengghhh?….

      • Bill Slider

        The Department of Energy is where we keep the nukes.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          Well, it’s been awfully nice knowing you guys.

      • javadavis

        She is still a quitter.

        • shaar dula

          you are fixated on her quit coefficient, while completely blinded to her erudite-ness and eloquence and logical soundness. i can pardon you for that, since most reasonable people are also likely to miss finding those in any of her speeches. It takes special skill with a bias to microscopic to find it. Common normals can never find it.

          • javadavis

            My theory – she simply didn’t allow herself enough time to sober up for the interview. She is having trouble adjusting to the fact that it takes her longer to metabolize alcohol and etc than it used to. Getting older has its disadvantages.
            Also too, she keeps thinking she has a handle on things because she had a prep team with McCain, and now she actually thinks she makes sense to people outside of her family. It’s an understandable delusion.

    • Apparently as part of the flood payoff God told Noah he was now free to eated all the chickens, grouper fish, grizzly bears, tree frogs, giraffes, hippos, weasels, fiddler crabs, orangutans, tapirs, iguanas, octopuses, dung beetles, bonobos, platypuses, flamingos, humpback whales, etc. he could get his mitts on.

      In other words – when mankind plows another rain forest under to grow bananas or dumps radioactive sludge into pristine river God smiles quietly to Himself.

    • Hardly Ideal

      Word. I’m a stone-cold atheist, and I wonder… well, many things.
      1) I thought we were supposed to be shepherds and custodians of the world…
      2a) I’d think that conserving the world is about as Conservative as you can get…
      2b) …unless we’re talking about conservation of self. Then it makes more sense.
      3) Now that I think of it, Adam and Eve got in deep shit over eating something they weren’t supposed to. You’ll have a lot more to answer to after strip-mining the world.

  • AnOuthouse

    The Whore of Babylon says what?

    • zerosumgame0005

      she stole a speech from Mrs. Obama too?

  • Markuserektus

    This is odd, since the Pope supports Trump…

    • zerosumgame0005

      just as much as he “invited” (NOT) Bernie…

  • artem1s
  • Cranky Man

    OT, why did baby jeezues put the good stuff under the Araby areas?

  • mailman27

    What’s the effect of all that CO2 on our crepey skin?

    • phoenix00

      Makes it creepy.

  • Panika MCD

    can we all agree that this cycle we didn’t notice that “I want the government run like a business” came back with a vengeance and we’re going to go over this whole “words have meanings and we have different words for ‘government’ and ‘business’ because they’re not supposed to be run the same way”?

    • YoNastyBunny

      And I’m guessing nobody who said actually understands how businesses actually work.

      Back after the ACA finally passed, I said that when comes to whether I want the government to run health insurance or a business, I reasoned that at least the government can’t fire you as a citizen to cut cost… Well, I think we’re going to see that tactic come into fruition very soon…

      • Panika MCD

        I was surprised by the number of times that reasoning was in the comments that WaPo posted. it’s like, “WE’VE FUCKING BEEN OVER THIS!” but apparently we have to do it constantly or people will forget what a government is for (i.e. not making fucking money).

    • Begin Anew Day

      That reminds me of the time (incipient nostalgia?) when GW Bush announced that Social Security was backed by ” a bunch of cabinets full of IOU’s”.

      What a card he was! He was talking about Social Security investments in US bonds. At one time those bonds were considered the very epitome of “safe” investment. Worldwide those bonds are part of major investment plans.

      Now we have a president “elect” with a proven track record of bankruptcy, business failure and moral decay.

      Get ready for a wild ride.

      • Panika MCD

        they’re still considered one of the safest investments on the planet, but maybe Trump will change all that since he wants to pay all the debt for pennies on the dollar and most of the debt is in bonds sold to our own citizens.

        • Begin Anew Day

          No one ever said he couldn’t spot a sucker. Or even a whole nation full of them.

  • Ray in VT

    Who to listen to? Almost all of the world’s climate scientists and the major science organizations, what with all of their data and research and such, or people who believe that it’s a plot to steal our freedoms? I mean I just can’t decide.

    • theCryptofishist

      Just because you’re a paranoid doesn’t mean that your thinking apparatus is greater than trained thinkers and scientists.

      • Ray in VT

        Just having “thoughts” about things like climate change doesn’t make them scientifically valid and supported by the evidence. Believers in the conspiracy approach don’t seem to get that.

        • idiotboy

          I just had a thought…….nope, did not work out the way it was supposed to. Fucking libtards.

          • Ray in VT

            Thanks, Obama.

  • Khavrinen

    Pfft, like ‘Murica’s gonna listen to what the Pope says. Some guy tried that back in the Sixties, and it just ended up getting him shot.

  • Paperless Tiger

    They would sacrifice the Earth herself on the altar of Mammon.

  • Begin Anew Day

    Too Damn Little and Way Too Late for that now Frank.

    If America was a convertible we would be strapped into the passenger side seat with Donnie at the wheel, racing at 120 mph towards the lip of the Grand Canyon with a trunk full of dynamite and 300 gallons of Nitro in the back seat.

    And the wheels would be on fire!

  • bookish

    I was out today, and overheard some pasty postadolescent neck beard chuffing his mom. Mom should read, not listen to Lifetime. But “read the good stuff, like InfoWars”.

  • Bill Slider

    We know The Donald will get on board the climate change train once he figures out how to make a buck by doing so. Trump makes the televangelists look like amateurs. The ministers pray to the dead skinny man hung on a cross, while Trump calls his legal team who pour over the tax code. Both groups take from the poor to embellish the rich, while maintaining a straight face.

    • Walter Wellstone

      When Donald realizes some of Pope Francis’ popularity could potentially rub off on him he’ll be in full agreement with everything the Pope has to say, he’ll claim the Pope loves him, that they’ve been friends for a long time and that nobody knows the Pope better than him. That’s how much of a fucking attention whore Donald is.

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        I’m looking forward to Lil’Donnie saying he’s Yuger than Jesus.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        He knows more about religion than the Pope.

  • Old Man Yells at Cloud

    I wonder how much Intel pays him for the logo on the back of his display.

  • HazooToo
  • Meaganesheppard

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    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Meagan, cupcake, I hate to tell you this, but that Land Rover Range Rover you bought? It (like a similarly multi-owned McLaren) has belonged to a long series of eager young women who celebrated earning the very specific amount of $8752 by purchasing it, only to suddenly disappear, leaving not a trace behind.

      Logic would indicate that some malefactor is baiting a trap with a fake job that pays you a fake check for $8752 that enables you to buy a fake car so that he can then dispose of you at his leisure. I’d say that things are not looking good for your future.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Unless it’s on Faux Snooze, Trump won’t know about it. Maybe he’ll read a Breitbart column on how the Pope is a stupid liebrul cuck or something. Either way, don’t expect anything in the way of a rational response.

  • nick kelly

    My I respectfully ask the Doctor to not forget the 16, 000 Fusion (H) bombs that have survived disarmament talks.
    The A-bomb uses a chemical explosion to initiate fission.
    The fission bombs dropped on Japan would be obsolete antiques today. The Hiroshima device- the only uranium bomb, was less than 2 percent efficient.

    In the fusion bomb of the Teller-Ulam design an atomic explosion serves as the detonator for a fusion reaction, which replicates the process driving the Sun. It creates a small star right here.
    Any of the most common variety yields more explosive power than all in WWII including the two A-bombs.
    The fusion or H-bomb is the only ‘practical’ weapon that has never been used in war.

    By all means let’s act on global warming- but if we don’t make it that far- so what?

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