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How is Pope Francis changing America’s discussion of climate change?

Rocket News

September 18, 2015

Rocket News - Political lines were drawn years ago, but the enthusiastic entry of a popular pope is changing the terms of the debate.

The conservative news site the Daily Caller describes the encyclical as advocating "eco-imperialism," that would hurt those in poorer countries. But an opinion piece for the Washington Post claims the pope's bold move into environmentalism will actually return the movement to its American roots. Mark Stoll, a professor at Texas Tech, wrote the movement began in conservative Calvinism and Presbyterianism, but environmentalists in the 1970s began to blame Christian theology itself for the problem.

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