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LETTER: Santorum should take own advice

York Dispatch
YorkDispatch

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum needs to follow Rick Santorum's advice. On June 18, the pope is expected to release his much anticipated encyclical on the environment, a statement from the Catholic Church on the moral issues associated with climate change, in hopes of rallying Catholics worldwide and having an impact on climate negotiations being held in Paris this December.

In a Philadelphia radio station interview this week, Rick Santorum gave some excellent advice, saying, "We probably are better off leaving science to the scientists." Santorum also told radio host Dom Giordano, "The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science."

But the church is siding with science, as 97 percent of climate scientists agree that we need dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels to prevent the planet from catastrophic warming.

If only Rick Santorum would follow his own advice and stop dismissing the scientific consensus and now the Catholic Church. Instead, he is substituting his own opinion for science and clinging to denial.

Last year was the warmest year on record, according to NASA, and this year is on track to beat 2014 as warmest on record. Global warming is not going away. Closing our eyes and wishing the problem away is no solution.

I for one will make sure I seek out the climate change views of every presidential candidate and vote for a leader who will listen to what the science, and now the pope, is telling us. I pray they soon start listening.

MIKE OMLOR

Washington Twp.