Following up on this morning's post, if this doesn't confirm the idiocy of Jeb and all the other climate change deniers, minimizers, and simplifiers, I don't know what does. Admittedly, I'll not likely read the entire 184 pages. But this summary, by the estimable Charles P Pierce, is pretty convincing that the current Pope is, in most things, a fine, fine, man:
...In the 184 pages of Laudato Si, Papa Francesco has called them all out—the climate deniers, the plutocrats who stand behind them, the system of extraction and consumption from which the latter profit, the political leaders who bow before them and refuse to confront the very real crisis, and anyone else who marinates in apathy while the crisis first overwhelms the poorest of the poor, as most crises usually do.
"The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology ... is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit." ...If, like me, you don't plan to plow through the whole encyclical (great word, by the way), at least read Charlie's take on it. Not much more need be said. Except how shameful today's Republican party has become, and that I hope some of them live to see the consequences of their selfishness and stupidity; and, much too late, to be forced to admit how damaging it's become.