Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:01:11 +0000
In the encyclical, Francis asserts that climate change — the new PC term for global warming — is primarily man-made and a threat to the world, and calls for a “new” supranational “global authority” to combat climate change and redistribute wealth to the poorer countries. Obama has praised the encyclical.
…the last desperate throw by the EU and the US to achieve a world agreement next December to “halt climate change” is not going to succeed, not just because the “science” on which it is based is so increasingly questionable, but because the emerging powers of the East, led by India and China, are simply not prepared to go along with it. If the West wishes to commit economic suicide, so be it. In their [the East’s] own national interest, they are not willing to follow.
In fact, what we are seeing here is a geopolitical shift of huge proportions.So lost is the West in its bubbles of self-deceiving fantasy that the hegemony it so long exercised over the rest of the world is passing to the world outside it, to India and China, even, in its own way, to Russia….
How forlorn in light of all this looks that would-be well-meaning 300-page document in which the Pope, under the spell of his chief scientific adviser, a fanatical German climate activist called Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, calls for an end to use of the very fossil fuels which keep the Vatican’s own lights on. In asking us to pray for that global climate treaty, Pope Francis solemnly trots out all those familiar plaints about “melting polar ice caps”, “rising sea levels”, unprecedented droughts, “extreme weather events” and the rest of that greenie litany which has no basis in honest science whatever.
Meanwhile, the pope is so hellbent on man-made
climate change global warming that a skeptic was disinvited from a climate change summit at the Vatican.
As reported by The Washington Post on June 20, 2015, Frenchman Philippe de Larminat, who authored a book arguing that solar activity — not greenhouse gases — was driving global warming, had sought a spot at a climate summit in April sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Nobel laureates would be there. So would U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs and others calling for dramatic steps to curb carbon emissions.
After securing a high-level meeting at the Vatican, de Larminat was told that, space permitting, he could join. He bought a plane ticket from Paris to Rome. But five days before the April 28 summit, de Larminat said he received an e-mail saying there was no space left. It came after other scientists — as well as the powerful Vatican bureaucrat in charge of the academy — insisted he had no business being there. “They did not want to hear an off note,” de Larminat said.
The scientific method is about empiricism: all truth claims depend on the testimony of factual, real-world evidence. If Pope Francis and man-made climate change proponents really believe they have science on their side, they would be confident, instead of take the cowardly road by silencing dissenters via ostracism.
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