“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

Vatican Climate Workshop Pressures Pope Francis to Go ‘Full Warmist’

francisA group of like-minded thinkers meeting at the Vatican for a workshop on climate change have issued a final statement, making a series of bold proclamations on the environment and issuing an alarming ultimatum that the climate summit in Paris later this year “may be the last effective opportunity” to keep global warming from reaching “devastating” levels.

The workshop was scheduled to precede the Pope’s upcoming encyclical letter on human ecology in an effort to garner his moral support for UN proposals on climate change.

The workshop, entitled “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity” was jointly organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, SDSN and Religions for Peace.

Catholic Skeptics cry foul at Pope Francis’ stance on Climate Change

francisSince his first sermon about two years ago, Pope Francis has spoken about the need to protect the planet as part of a broad message on the environment. His preaching has also caused little controversy so far.

Now, the pope has already prepared a major encyclical, which will stress the need of addressing global warming which is caused by humans. Conservative Catholic skeptics have been crying foul at the pope's stand on the issue.

The Pontifical Academy of Sciences and some other organizations hosted a summit on Tuesday at the Vatican. The summit was named 'Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development'. It was to help strengthen the global consensus on the climate change issue.

How Green Was My Vatican: Statement from the Papal Environmental Conference

roofIn his ongoing crusade to promote the scientifically discredited notion of human-caused global warming, Pope Francis has issued a joint statement in collaboration with world leaders who met April 28 in Vatican City for a climate conference hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences and the United Nations.

The 11-page document is packed with bureaucratic jargon that levels a frontal assault on industrialized prosperity, free-market capitalism, and human procreation. The statement begins: "Unsustainable consumption coupled with a record human population and the uses of inappropriate technologies are causally linked with the destruction of the world's sustainability and resilience." It asserts that climate change "is a global problem whose solution will depend on our stepping beyond national affiliations and coming together for the common good," and that to save the world we must reach "a level and sustainable population." The declaration urges that "all people of good will should encourage their governments to undertake these commitments to action." It calls for "bold and humanitarian action by the world's religions acting in unison" to bring about changes "as prioritized under UN’s sustainable development goals."

U.S. Senators Vote To Block EPA’s Use Of ‘Secret Science’

cartoonSenate committee voted Tuesday to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using ‘secret science’ to back its regulations. The vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee came after the GOP-controlled House repeatedly approved the bill. It previous was stalled in the Democratic-majority Senate. Under the measure, which President Obama has threatened to veto if the Senate passes it, the EPA would only be allowed to use scientific studies whose detailed results are posted publicly online. --Timothy Cama, The Hill, 28 April 2015

Will Pope Francis stop using fossil fuels to set an example?

Alitalia planeDoes this mean the Pope will stop jet-setting around the globe visiting foreign countries? You know, when he and the Vatican Secretariat use an Alitalia plane that is specifically set aside for his personal travel. Technically it's not a "private" jet. It's a public jet being used for his own private use. Powered by jet fuel. A derivative of fossil fuels.

What about the Popemobiles he uses in other nations? If they are not secure, the "Vatican will provide its own vehicle for the Pope to use during his visit." And how will all this fit in with his "upcoming encyclical about global warming" that advocates the cutting of fossil fuel use?

From the Daily Caller:

Pope Francis made headlines this week by promising to weigh in on the global warming debate, meeting with United Nations officials and scientists to discuss the issue and possible solutions to stemming global temperature rises and predicted ecological catastrophe.

Global Warming to replace Gospel at church

greenThe New Green Religion of Global Warming/Climate Change is coming out of the closet to begin preaching from the pulpit.

In the lib-left world timing is everything. Now that Christianity is being persecuted worldwide with the many slings and arrows sent its way flashing out in neon, it’s time for ‘sustainability’ to squeeze out Salvation at Sunday church services.

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change. (Washington Free Beacon, April 27, 2015)

The UN Parks its Tanks on St Peter’s Square

Vatican CityVATICAN CITY: “Religion and science are united on the need for action on climate,” declared UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at a papal climate summit in the Vatican this morning.

This statement is at best moot, at worst a risible and cynical inversion of the truth. But it does give us a pretty good idea of where the world’s most powerful bureaucracy stands on what it would like us to believe is the most important issue of the day: climate change is real – and what’s more even God now agrees.

It’s far from the first time that Catholic church has been persuaded to take a position on what is and isn’t correct science. Generally it didn’t end well. We’re all familiar with the story of Galileo. Here’s a less well known example of a pope speaking out on science, this time Clement VII in the Papal Bull that opens the 1484 Malleus Malleficarum.

GAO: DOE’s Green Energy Loans Won’t Make A Profit

solar farm desertIt’s official, the Energy Department’s green energy loan program is actually expected to lose money despite media reports that such loans would net the government a profit.

The Government Accountability Office says the DOE’s oft-touted $28 billion loan program will cost taxpayers $2.21 billion over the lifetime of the loans. Not only that, the costs to taxpayers for green loans has risen about $500 million as “the result of loan guarantee defaults” from companies like Solyndra and Abound Solar.

Will Pope Francis Change Global Minds On Climate Change?

francisWhen the Pope talks, people listen. But as Pope Francis wades into the climate-change debate, will he change any minds? Francis will host a summit Tuesday in the Vatican on climate change with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. He is also preparing an encyclical — one of the highest forms of a papal statement — on the subject, expected to be released as early as June. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has helped draft the encyclical, has said the timing is meant to influence U.N. climate-change talks in Paris at the end of the year. --Jason Plautz, National Journal, 27 April 2015

Why God is Not a Warmist

selfieContrary to what a worryingly large proportion of His churches believe, God isn’t a climate charge alarmist. If you’re in any doubt, I’d recommend you read this superbly erudite open letter to Pope Francis which has been put together by the Cornwall Alliance laying out the theological arguments against global warming catastrophism – and, more pertinently, lamenting the massive damage it’s doing to the well being of the people both the Old and New Testaments enjoin us to protect: the world’s poor.

It has been released to coincide with the Vatican’s conference this week on climate change which, unfortunately for anyone who believes in the scientific method or sound economic and social policy has been hijacked by the alarmist camp.

Southern Africa Looks To Prosper From Rich Coal Resource

Ships being loaded at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Courtesy Richards Bay Coal TerminalSouth Africa has plenty of coal reserves. Above, Ships being loaded at the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Courtesy Richards Bay Coal TerminalOne of the most energy-starved regions on the planet, southern Africa, is gearing up to build a fleet of more than a dozen coal plants to eliminate rolling power cuts. South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania are all in the process of putting together agreements with independent contractors to build coal-fuelled thermal electric plants. If there’s one thing that southern Africa has plenty of, it’s coal. According to the Southern Africa Development Community’s master plan for energy, proven coal reserves are about 32 billion tonnes of economically recoverable reserves; the estimated total resources are more than ten times that figure. --Gavin du Venage, The National, 25 April 2015

Global Warming? The Pope is Wrong

pope before crowdI have devoted the better part of more than two and a half decades speaking out against the charlatans that have created and maintained the greatest hoax ever imposed on modern man. At the heart of this hoax has been the United Nations environmental program and at the heart of that program is an agenda to initiate a massive redistribution of wealth from industrialized, successful nations to those who have suffered, as often as not, from being ruled by despots of one description or another.

It is with profound sorrow and disappointment that I must now speak out against Pope Francis, the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, whom observers have noted has “a green agenda.” He has become an outspoken advocate on environmental issues, saying that taking action is “essential to faith” and calling the destruction of nature a modern sin.