Neil deGrasse Tyson: Yes, The Pope Can Comment On Climate Change

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a word for those who think Pope Francis shouldn’t comment on climate change.

The pope released an encyclical, or papal letter, in June that not only affirmed climate change was happening but also blamed human negligence and pointed to science to support the need for reducing carbon emissions.

“Numerous scientific studies indicate that the majority of the global warming in recent decades is due to the large concentration of greenhouse gases … emitted above all due to human activity,” the encyclical read.

Though many applauded the pope’s letter, some objected to the religious leader taking a stand on scientific matters. Days before the long-awaited encyclical was released, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told a Philadelphia radio station: “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re good at, which is theology and morality.”

Tyson, host of the popular podcast StarTalk and winner of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, begs to differ. The scientist took to Twitter on Tuesday to stand up for Pope Francis and his petition for the environment:

The Pope employs a dozen full time astrophysicists as part of the four-century old Vatican Observatory

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 30, 2015

Yes, it’s possible to be a supreme holy figure yet still know what you are talking about regarding the Climate.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) June 30, 2015

Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and professor at Texas Tech University, agreed with Tyson.

“Science can tell us whether climate is changing or not. Science can tell us why it’s changing. … Science can tell —> Read More