Americans United for Change has just launched a campaign called Pope or Kochs. This progressive advocacy group describes what is happening on the climate front this way: 69% of Americans call global warming a serious problem, 97% of scientists say that global warming is man-made and 100 percent of popes declared climate change “one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.”
Pope or Kochs
Published on Jun 28, 2015
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According to a recent Pew poll, 68 percent of Americans believe there is solid evidence of global warming. 46 percent say that global warming is a serious threat. The American public is markedly divided on rigid ideological grounds regarding the climate issue. 92 percent of Democrats say global warming is happening and 76 percent attribute the rise to human activity. On the other hand, only 38 percent of right wing Republicans believe there is sound evidence of global warming.
Koch Brothers – the evil
The campaign points out that the Koch brothers are bankrolling the anti-Pope movement. Brad Woodhouse is the President of Americans United for Change:
The promise of $900 million in campaign support from the Koch brothers has led to a race to the bottom between GOP presidential hopefuls over who believes less in climate science, some even going so far as to publicly dis the Pope.
The Republicans eyeing the White House may all sing from the same climate-skeptic hymnal, but the worsening consequences of climate change are not something that have to be taken on faith……It’s happening right before our eyes, whether it’s rising average temperatures and sea levels, out-of-control forest fires stemming from prolonged droughts, or more frequent and more intense storms and tornadoes. It’s no wonder 70 percent of voters want their representatives to stop fiddling as Rome burns.
The Koch Brothers represent all that is evil in the climate denial camp. They are the largest US leaseholder in the Alberta Tarsands. They’ve provided funding to Canada’s pro-oil Fraser Institute reports David Suzuki in an article published in April 2015, Koch Brothers Continue to Oil the Machine of Climate Change Denial. They are also behind many anti-transit initiatives, campaigns to discredit climate science and they oppose clean energy.
Pope Francis – the good
Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. (Pope Francis)
- Humans are the problem.
- The inaction by world leaders is indefensible.
- Fossil fuels must be eliminated.
- There is an urgency for climate action.
- Climate change is especially detrimental to the poor.
Pope Francis is on a climate mission. He single-handedly is providing a significant boost to the climate movement heading into the Paris2015 Summit. Something fundamental has shifted in political and societal attitudes around climate change. And it’s more than a breath of fresh air – it’s more of a burst of energy. It’s palpable. It could be groundbreaking!
Rolly Montpellier is the Founder and Managing Editor of BoomerWarrior.Org. He’s a Climate Reality leader, a blogger and a Climate Activist. Rolly has been published widely – Toronto Star, The Hill Times, Kingston Whig, the PEN, UnpublishedOttawa, Climate Change Guide, World Daily, Examiner, The Canadian, 350Ottawa, ClimateMama, MyEarth360, GreenDivas, The Elephant, Countercurrents, County Weekly News.