by The Onion: http://www.theonion.com/article/frustrated-republicans-argue-pope-should-leave-sci-50701
In response to a 184-page papal encyclical
that urges immediate action to address the environmental and social
consequences of global warming, a coalition of frustrated Republican
leaders issued statements on Thursday arguing that Pope Francis should
leave scientific matters to scientists who deny climate change.
“Frankly, it’s not really anyone’s place to make declarations about
climate science or global temperature changes unless they’re a
scientific expert who has spent years rejecting the concept of climate
change,” said former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who added that the pope
had neither studied climate science nor ever been among the 3% of
researchers who stand in opposition to the overwhelmingly dominant
position held by the scientific community on climate change, so he had
no business speaking on the subject.
“Personally, I would never trust
anyone as an authority on climate change unless they had done years of
research and published papers claiming there isn’t enough conclusive
evidence yet. The pope should just stick to theology and let the several
dozen scientists who support the scientifically disproven point of view
on global warming do the talking.”
Bush also told reporters that Pope
Francis was unqualified to issue policy recommendations of any kind
unless he had personally accepted money from the fossil fuel industry.