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Rick Santorum Says President Obama Holds "Earth Above Man"

by , 02/20/12

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Former Senator Rick Santorum said yesterday that he thinks President Obama “elevates the Earth above man,” and should rethink his dedication to “radical environmentalists.” Santorum has recently come into the political spotlight thanks to his steady rise up the Republican primary ladder over the past few weeks. This past weekend Santorum was accused of questioning President Barack Obama’s religion at a campaign stop in Ohio. When asked about his statement the following day on Face the Nation, Santorum explained that he wasn’t questioning the President’s religion but rather his dedication to the human race. It seems Santorum might have forgotten that without the Earth, there is no human race and that perhaps the President is just trying to take good care of this big blue planet we call home.

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We’re not sure what Santorum is talking about, and we’re inclined to think that neither does he. “I just said that when you have a worldview that elevates the Earth above man and says that, you know, we can’t take those resources because we’re going to harm the Earth by things that frankly are just not scientifically proven — for example, that politicization of the whole global-warming debate — I mean, this is just all an attempt to centralize power and to give more power to the government,” he said.

We’re pretty sure that it has been proven, scientifically, that natural resources are finite. So if there is only a limited amount of them and if we rely on them for our daily livelihood, it might then be a good idea to lay off using them and find something else more sustainable — say what those “radical environmentalists” call renewable energy — in order to keep the human race from perishing.

“This idea that man is here to serve the earth, as opposed to husband its resources and being good stewards of the earth, and I think that is a phony ideal,” Santorum continued. If Santorum thinks our current state of resource husbandry is good stewardship, he is the one pushing phony ideals. Our reliance on shipping has polluted the world’s oceans, in some cases making them uninhabitable to fish that we eat; coal mining has chopped thousands of mountains in half and has polluted the water that we drink; oil pipelines have decimated habitats of animals that we hunt for sustenance; the timber industry has deforested millions of acres of rainforest causing the changing of weather patterns that allow agriculture to exist; the extraction of rare Earth minerals from underground has caused the destruction of entire communities of people in developing countries; and our desperation to extract and burn fossil fuels has caused millions — maybe billions — of people to fall ill from breathing toxic emissions.

Rick Santorum seems to forget that humans wouldn’t be here without this planet and the life-giving qualities it was born with. President Obama — though sometimes he gets off track — is just trying to keep this place hospitable and perhaps Sen. Santorum should go find his own planet to husband — and perhaps learn a little bit about how to get rid of Google search results.

Via Bloomberg

Photos by Gage Skidmore

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5 Comments

  1. Franz Rintelen March 2, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Humans are a passing phase in the universe. A unnatural fluke of chemistry. If we want to survive this phase of history: the Ravager Phase we’ll need to replace democracy with meritocracy and form a global world government – a rule of scientists – where money is no longer used but is replaced by people working together in local communities for each other’s welfare. This may seem impracticable to those brainwashed to believe that their existence is only to accumulate money to live or to aggrandise themselves (like the elites of America do with their false American dream), but I can assure you that when we fall off the oil cliff (2050-2080) unless humans do this there will only be anarchy and a Dark Age with Nukes in the hands of terrorists. We’ll need to make Dyson Rings and only a world goverment run by scientists can achieve that. Money is purely a promise – and its value depends almost solely on the ability to purchase energy. Without oil it will become valueless. The cause of the 2008/9 depression was an oil spike. This is only the beginning of many such spikes. Printing electronic money will only lead to global inflation, revolution and a rise in terrorism. Rick is a prick.

  2. Chatty Kathy March 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Actually the Bible states that “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it (Psalm 24:1).” Our heavenly Father allows us to live here and enjoy it’s bountiful resources. But Rick Santorum thinks it all belongs to us, to use and abuse as we see fit. Really? Is that the way you treat a gift? What a slob!

  3. mercurydan February 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    not all natural resources are finite. Some Energy resources for instance are not finite. The sun technically might be finite however if it were to run out then i think we would have bigger issues. Also if the wind were to stop i think we would have bigger issues.
    On another note how far does putting the environment before man are they willing to go. Because if that were the case killing off the entire human race would be putting the environment before man to save what’s left of the environment.

  4. Wharlemartfund February 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Rick Santorium is supposed to be a religious man. Yet these comments about President Obama and his preference of the earth versus man, makes him sound like an imbecil. if you believe in God, we are charged tomtake care of the planet. Spouting utter nonsense.

  5. AnonymousBosch February 21, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I’m thinking the Santorum family might want to check their water supply. Seems like there might be contaminated with lead or mercury.

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