Climate-change deniers view David Koch as Jesus and Al Gore as Satan, so there’s no chance in hell they will turn from their wicked ways once Pope Francis delivers his encyclical on the environment this year.

Good on Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter for giving these heathens the rebuke they so richly deserve:

[N]o Catholic should think that just because some conservative think tank can find a couple of off-the-radar professors who think climate change is just dandy, they can then claim that we can consequently ignore what the pope teaches. Such an approach to the issue of climate change has the potential to be for these “skeptics” what the Scopes trial was for fundamentalists. The compatibility of science and faith is something many conservative fundamentalists have been denying ever since Darwin. Mercifully, the Catholic Church has never adopted such a ridiculous and absurd stance. Should we now? And why? Because the Koch Brothers make most of their money from extracting natural resources? Because someone at CATO thinks the gas and oil lobby should be left alone by the EPA?

Let’s face it: Right-wing denialist Catholics are only “pro-life” from the moment a woman becomes pregnant until the moment she gives birth. Afterwards, the wingnut Catholic response is: Screw those kids! (No pun intended.) Who cares if they have enough food to eat, enough education to ensure a decent quality of life…and enough clean air and clean water to breathe and drink.

Two thumbs up to the Pope for urging care of God’s creation; may his words be heard among all kingdoms and nations. And as for the deniers who scorn scientific facts…well, where those bastards are going, they will beg for a carbon tax.

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.