The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism
that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want
to give up their profits: these criticisms make no sense! How can they
criticise a text they do not even know?
As “proof,” Cardinal Maradiaga pointed to “the Philippines where there were 21 typhoons this year....”
One astute commenter to the post reported:
For the record, 21 is the average number of typhoons to enter the
Philippines in a year, and has been so since the beginning of meteorological
records. This is common knowledge here in the Philippines, but anyone can
easily look up this factoid online on any number of sites that are not even
directed towards the question of climate change. Seems like Maradiaga can
benefit from paying to that scientific discussion that he so summarily
One wonders why the Vatican is so interested in tap dancing on the trap door of temptation when it comes to the alleged scientific “consensus” regarding climate change?
But, the globalist social-political-economic and, soon—with the publication of a papal encyclical—theological cotillion continues with the Vatican’s blessing.
This past week, a conference the Pontifical Santa Croce University hosted a conference concerning “The New Climate Economy. How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand.” Sponsored by the Dutch Embassy to the Holy See and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, the conference featured political figures, business people, diplomats, and churchmen.
Their shared interest? To address the question of climate change and economic growth ahead of the publication next month of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment.
The British Ambassador to the Holy See, Nigel Baker, published a blog summarizing the key points discussed. One particular key point caught The Motley Monk’s attention. Ambassador Baker wrote:
Climate change is a fact. It is created by global warming. Global warming
is a result of human carbon emissions. The former President of Mexico,
Felipe Calderon (now Chair of the Global Commission on Economy and
Climate), set out the issue thus, in stark terms. He was also clear that there
was no rational choice between economic growth and tackling climate
change; the two can (and should) go hand in hand. As the poor are
disproportionately affected, tackling climate change is also a matter of
justice. And on that Pope Francis is, in Calderon’s words, “an important
ally.” (bold italics added)
Really? A fact? Here’s some facts:
- Between 1979—when weather satellites started measuring temperatures in the lower troposphere—and 1997, they rose about 1.1 degrees Celsius (1.98 degrees Fahrenheit).
- Temperatures stopped rising then, have fallen since 2012. The “pause” in warming (212 months) is now longer than the warming trend was (211 months).The first 5 months of 2014 were the coldest since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1888.
Really “[A] result of human carbon emissions”?
Here are some additional facts:
- Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased from about 285 parts per million 250 years ago to about 380 ppm today. CO2 is a “greenhouse” gas—it holds heat in the atmosphere—so if humans are generating more, it should have a warming effect.
- But probably not much of one. Greenhouse gases comprise less than 1% of the earth’s atmosphere; carbon dioxide is less than 4% of greenhouse gases; 96% of CO2 in the atmosphere is the result of Mother Nature.
- The earth has warmed about 16 degrees F since the last ice age. The net increase since 1979 — 0.19 degrees C (0.34 F) — is well within the range of natural fluctuation not primarily human beings.
Then, too, is science about a “consensus”—a majority opinion based upon the spurious cobbling together and editing of data—or facts as verified by the scientific method? As a solar expert at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Willie Soon, noted: “If it’s consensus, it isn’t science.”
Even given these cursory facts indicating that climate change isn’t a “settled” matter and which anyone can gather through a simple Internet search, the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Parolin, said to those attending the conference:
When the future of the planet is at stake, there are no political frontiers,
barriers or walls behind which we can hide to protect ourselves from the
effects of environmental and social degradation. There is no room for the
globalisation of indifference, the economy of exclusion or the throwaway
culture so often denounced by Pope Francis.
Really? Based on science that isn’t at all settled, Cardinal Parolin can judge, “The future of the planet is at stake”?
Ambassador Baker closed his blog:
The reality of climate change is that we’re all in it together. And as the
hard-headed business entrepreneurs at the conference explained,
inaction will be far more costly than action. Government must set the
global governance framework. Business will bring the enterprise and
innovation. Religious leaders will argue the moral case, based especially
around the need to accept our inter-generational responsibility towards
those who follow us. Pope Francis’s encyclical is likely to provoke and
challenge. Watch out for it next month!
All of this is very troubling, the stuff of ginning up political support for the Left’s globalist “social justice” agenda. To think that liberals condemned the Church for getting involved the Galileo consensus. “Leave science to the scientists,” they argued. Now, they’re goading the Vatican to take the bait of a highly-dubious “scientific consensus” that’s being trolled by global climate change advocates.
In his encyclical concerning the environment, hopefully the Holy Father will espouse a biblical standard—stewardship of God’s gift of creation, “to rule and to care for”—and avoid falling through the trap door of temptation when it comes to the Faustean bargain of the global climate change fearmongers on the Left.
Let the discussion begin…
To read The Motley Monk’s post concerning Cardinal Maradiaga’s comments, click on the following link:
To read Ambassador Baker’s blog post, click on the following link:
To learn some of the facts concerning climate change, click on the following links: