If we want to reduce pollution and global warming – what is the biggest single point of change that will actually make a difference? Who is in the best position to affect the environment? That person is the Pope.

If the Pope were to reverse his position on birth control and abortion then some billion Catholics would slow down their reproduction rate and set an example for global population control. And population control is the single most critical issue when it comes to the environment. You can cut emissions in half but when the population doubles you’re right back where you started.

Population growth is exponential. As long as it is any positive value there will be a doubling rate. As long as there is a doubling rate then the population will double every cycle. And with the size of the Earth fixed there’s no place to go. At some point society collapses and you have a mass starvation event coupled with war and disease.

So when you think about it – who is in the best position right now who can make the biggest difference with the least effort – it’s the Pope. All he has to do is say the words and a huge chunk of the population slows down their reproduction.

  1. Cut Em Off says:

    Poor dumb-ass Pope. You can see why he doesn’t want to endorse birth control can’t you? It’s partly because in his twisted mind it’s as if he’s saying it’s okay to have sex out of wedlock so long as an approved form of birth control is used. Never mind the fact that married couples continue to have children they can’t afford or what kind of miserable existence it might create for the children. Never mind the fact that children are often why many spineless (or should I say mindless) men divorce their families and leave. Never mind that condoms might actually help prevent disease!

    The Catholic Church is trying desperately to get us all back to the middle ages. Back to a time when a person could be put to death for not believing “correctly.” Back to a time where church clergy were feared (for damned good reasons) and mistook fear for respect. They still want you to believe their traditions and want you to think they respect you too. HA! That’s like saying the man with the gun at your head also loves you.

    If you want a really good laugh at it all, I highly recommend Mark Twain’s “Letter from the Earth”. I just love the part where Satin is cracking up at the fact that we humans place more importance on sexual intercourse and yet won’t even acknowledge it in any of our religions. In fact, we actually try to discourage sex as if trying to keep water from a man who’s been wandering the desert and who is parched from thirst. “It’s insane!”

    • fred says:

      Thanks a lot for the Mark Twain reference. “Letter from the Earth” is an excellent piece of writing in illustrating, among many other things, the paranoia that all religions appear to have when it comes to matters of sex.

  2. Jack O'Shyte says:

    And who is it that doesn’t know the difference between the teachings of Jesus and the rules made by man? Uh, that would be us.

  3. GregAllen says:

    I’m a huge critic of the Pope’s stand on birth control but this article is a stretch.

    By using the same logic, you can argue that Pol Pot, Hitler and Stalin greatly reduced global warming.

    • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

      Clearly the pope hasn’t noticed. Try rubbing hind legs together, that always works for huge critics.

    • They did. New motto: KILL ALL HUMANS! That would fix global warming and drunk driving for that matter.

      • GregAllen says:

        I suspect that a massive die-off of the human race is really the only hope for the big problems of the planet.

        We are at a point in our history where we can no longer even agree on what the big problems are, let alone solve them. Global warming is a prime example of this.

        Overpopulation, dwindling water resources, energy, and pollution will all be reduced if we have massive de-population.

        All it would take is a single, un-checked virus.

        It’s horrible to think about but almost seems inevitable.

  4. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Rush Limbaugh nailed it….pathetic people believe in man caused global warming because they want to matter.

    They look out into infinity, and can’t accept how insignificant they really are.

    So they begin believing in the “butterfly effect”, that leaving the lights on will result in catastrophe…that driving a zero emission car helps save the planet…

    When they should look again into infinity, and accept how insignificant they are.

    We cannot change the weather, its self correcting…do you really think God would give us that kind of power?

    If you want your pathetic little lives to matter, repent and believe in the LORD Jesus Christ…then you will matter to God, the Creator of infinity.

    The sustainer of our Matrix, the Observer that keeps our reality coherent:

    By him all things consist. (Col 1:17 KJV)

    4921 1) to place together, to set in the same place,to bring or band together

    God is the infinite string, the M in M Theory, the Majestic One whose thought and power sustains our Matrix.

  5. ReadyKilowatt says:

    I was going to say because of the white smoke/black smoke thing.

  6. deowll says:

    Liberals and greens support birth control. Demographic data shows that both groups are going to join the Shakers in extinction. Every group is one generation from extinction and if you fail to make enough members in the next generation you are through.

    The numbers say in a 100 years Islam will rule the world or at least by far the majority of it and they do understand how they are doing it: making babies.

    • Gwad his own self says:

      I’ve done my share. I have 7 kids, 4 of them homeowners and all of them taxpayers.

    • GregAllen says:

      Since Muslims are part of the Religious Right (generally speaking), then you are right that liberalism has a democratic disadvantage globally.

      But what we don’t know is if it will stay that way. We’ve seen major shifts in other world religions, in this regard.

  7. Somebody says:

    Let’s play a little Pascal’s Wager shall we?

    If the immoral Godless heathens are right, but you ignore them, you may notice that average temperatures around the world have risen a half a degree in your life time if you remember to notice while on your death bed.

    If the Pope is right, but you ignore him, you writhe in agony in Hell fire for all Eternity.

    On a more temporal level, if you allow the Jihadis to outnumber the Crusaders, you can say goodbye to “dating” if you convert to Islam or to life if you don’t.

    So don’t gratuitously mock the Pope.

    You’re in over your head.

    • Dallas says:

      You’re no different than the majority of the sheeple. You’re ‘religious’ only to cover your bases.

      • Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

        You misunderstood, he wasn’t giving reasons why he believes, but why you should, given your selfishness and how it motivates your beliefs and actions:

        • Dallas says:

          I believe in nature and that nature doesn’t owe me an explanation.

          Unlike you, I don’t feel compelled to make up a story or adopt one.

  8. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Amusingly GregAllen says:
    11/24/2012 at 10:06 pm

    I’m a huge critic of the Pope’s stand on birth control but this article is a stretch. /// How so? Because you don’t “like” it?

    The difference in your demonstration of reductio absurdity in the opposite premise is that the purpose of war is not coincidently a cause of global warming. In fact, Hitler had a breeding program to provide MORE PEOPLE to have more soldiers.

    The earth is already overpopulated for many different issues. Room to grow some more for other issues. Everything has its pros and cons.

    • GregAllen says:

      Wow, you totally went an odd direction with this.

      My point is that it’s a stretch to blame the pope for global warming unless you are willing to credit the great murderers and war mongers for making it better.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        Oh Greg!!! Do you even notice when you jump horses like that?

        Pope = more people = bad.

        War = less people = good.

        On the issue of population if you think more is bad and less is good. Probably the same outcome for having the trains run on time? Lazy Italian Catholics and all that?

        We can reverse the good/bad outcomes if we pick a different subject but we “never” mix and match.

        The pope as I understand it thinks the more people the better, so his ratings would reverse the above.

  9. LOLing @ you says:

    Again, a stupid article. If you really want to curb and reverse the growth of the population start cutting the taxes of single or Married couples without children. Tax heavier those families with more kids as they are a heavier load on the planet.

  10. Mr Show says:

    Marc Perkel, as pope of his weird church of high reality, would likely stoke the papal fires with copious amounts of WEED.

    I get no spam DVORAK!

    Check out Perkel’s site on how to find hookers. That’s gold baby!