Retired NASA Scientists Take on Pope

francis popeWith the papal encyclical on climate change scheduled for a June 18 release, the liberal media can be expected to portray the Vatican document as a major step forward for the United Nations agenda of controlling and taxing the use of natural resources by governments and people. But a group of retired NASA scientists is taking on the pope directly, armed with the expertise that has come through decades of planning U.S. space missions and dealing with the most complex and difficult issues of climate science.

Their verdict: the pope is risking his moral status and his credibility.

In fact, this group is directly warning Pope Francis that if he embraces the climate agenda of the United Nations, he will be violating both scientific principles and the religious values he embodies that are supposed to be reflected in direct aid for the poor people of the earth.

But the pope is apparently counting on his status as “the most popular person on the Earth,” in the words of Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant organization, to make the “moral” case that we live on “an abundant yet finite planet,” and that global limits to industrial growth have to be imposed on a worldwide basis.

The battle, now taking shape, will likely help determine whether U.S. sovereignty will be sacrificed in order to make possible a system of “global governance” or world government.

In a controversial decision that could backfire, Republican House Speaker John Boehner (OH) has invited Pope Francis to deliver an address to Congress in September, an opportunity he could use to push the similar climate change agendas of both the Vatican and the Obama administration.

That a research team composed primarily of retired NASA scientists and engineers has entered the debate is relatively new and particularly noteworthy. These individuals have a lot of experience in the climate change area, as a result of sending astronauts into the atmosphere and outer space and returning them to earth.

The members of the group, the Right Climate Stuff Research Team, are veterans of the NASA Apollo program that landed astronauts on the moon and returned them safely during the decade of the 1960s, according to the introduction to their letter to the pope. They maintain a website setting forth their view that there is no convincing evidence that the planet is in a “climate crisis.”

These retired scientists suggest that the pope is making a big mistake by using unreliable or untested computer models that predict a “climate disaster.” They assert, “Our strict NASA policies, based on common sense concepts of the Scientific Method, trained us to ignore projections of un-validated models for critical design or operational decisions involving human safety, and instead, base such decisions on available physical data.”

Their spokesman is Harold H. Doiron, who serves as chairman of the Right Climate Stuff Research Team. He tells the pontiff in a letter that “There is no compelling scientific or humanitarian reason for immediate enactment of world-wide CO2 emission controls, as the UN is urging you to recommend…”

What’s more, Doiron and his colleagues argue, the poor in the developing world “need unfettered access to relatively inexpensive fossil fuel energy sources to improve their quality of life,” and if higher atmospheric CO2 levels do in fact occur, they will not hinder the development of poor nations but rather result in “increased food production” that will benefit them.

Rejecting the idea of CO2 as a pollutant that should be regulated, they said, “we know that CO2 is a very special colorless, odorless and non-polluting gas designed by our Creator to be an essential chemical compound for sustaining all plant, animal and human life.”

Doiron made a presentation in Rome on April 28 as part of a Heartland Institute event designed to warn the Vatican against rushing to embrace the U.N. climate change agenda. He included a PowerPoint presentation titled “An Independent, Objective Assessment of the Human-Caused Global Warming Issue,” which refers to the U.N. agenda as “climate alarmism” based on faulty models, not actual data.

He is scheduled to speak this week in Washington, D.C. at the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change.

At his presentation in Rome, Doiron said he was a member of a Catholic parish in Texas where fellow parishioners were “praying that Pope Francis will have discernment as he looks into this global warming controversy.” On Fox News Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a practicing Catholic, said “there are more pressing problems on Earth” for the pontiff to be addressing than climate change.

Ignoring the concerns of conservative Catholics that the church should focus on moral issues, The New York Times ran a story, “Pope Francis Steps Up Campaign on Climate Change, to Conservatives’ Alarm,” reporting that the papal encyclical “will be accompanied by a 12-week campaign, now being prepared with the participation of some Catholic bishops, to raise the issue of climate change and environmental stewardship in sermons, homilies, news media interviews and letters to newspaper editors…”

The source of this statement was Dan Misleh, who has been invited inside the Vatican to help coordinate the campaign. He previously directed the educational and outreach efforts of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.

His group has now become part of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, whose website shows poor people walking through flood waters, hurricanes, and smokestacks, as visitors to the site are urged to “change our course,” and to pray and then act.

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    JayPee

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    Quite clearly, according to the Roman church’s own rules, he will be speaking ” ex cathedra ” and therefor ” infallibly ” .

    The ludicrous doctrine of infallibility is about to be demonstrated preposterous. I find it amazing that this Jesuit wants to squander any moral currency he has to advance the politics of the same people who seek to destroy him and his church.

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      Frederick colbourne

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      I can’t imagine where you got the idea that an Encyclical letter will constitute speaking Ex Cathedra.

      The authority of an encyclical is Ex Megisterium. Catholics must obey what is taught ex magisterium but they do not have to believe its content. Moreover, a Catholic cannot challenge the content of an encyclical publicly or teach anything contrary to the content of an encyclical.

      This is why an encyclical on climate is such a dangerous thing for a pope to do.

      Catholics hovering between merely non-practicing and outright apostasy will be shoved out the church door by a pope who meddles in politics and science.

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        JayPee

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        The Dope has just said his encyclical will be addressed to all humans regardless of faith registration.

        Does infallibility extend to the ends of the universe ?

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    GR82DRV

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    Perhaps the bigger question is why practitioners of Catholicism continue to accept such a dictatorial belief system ranging [i][b]far[/b][/i] beyond the Apostles’ Creed.

    If Jesus came to set us free why do we so quickly accept absolute and often capricious belief restrictions that change with the political climate? [i](pardon the pun)[/i]

    My personal experience, based on discussions with many Catholic friends, is that they feel bound by tradition and worried that outside of the RC Church there can be no salvation. Sad.

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      Judy Cross

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      I grew up in the smallest parish in the county which managed to be the biggest collector of money for an annual Archbishop’s Orphans’ Fund Drive. Years later I met a book keeper who explained how Mafia owned businesses would require him to write big donations to this obscure parish. Years later, after the various scandals at the Vatican Bank, I understood what was going on back then. How people can still think of the Church as the Gatekeeper to Heaven, in spite of all the scandals, is beyond my comprehension. As for the Pope? He’s a Jesuit who turned his own priests over to death squads in Argentina.

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        Steve

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        Judy

        Many people just flat out dont understand that the Vatican is a balloon thin layer of christianity stretched over a huge lump of paganism.

        The RCC refuses to admit it teaches un-biblical jsutification, which is why the Proetstant church exists mainly. The RCC worships Mary and has hymns to her, which violates the 2nd Commandment. I have also seen comments by an occult Alchemist that considered the RCC Mass such perfect witchcraft it couldnt be improved upon.

        In short – the RCC is pure spiritual poison, and people need to stay way from it. Dont get me wrong – I think most catholics are wonderful people, and have been badly dliberately mislead by the RCC .

        I have no time for the spiritually lethal teachings of the RCC.

        Many people consider the pope to be the False Prophet of Revelation.

        If the pope turns around and accepts the IPCC Warmists Cult’s teachings , he is a complete write off in all matters of faith, logic and reason. IN fact , we fully expect the RCC to be the rump/foundation of the NWO United World Religion that will spawn the antichrist.

        “Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, so you will not take part in her sins and so you will not receive her plagues”” ( Rev 18:4 )

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      Steve

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      The Bible teaches of the fact we are Justified by *** Faith Alone *** in Jesus in who he is , what he did and the fact he died and rose again.

      By comparison, the not Roman church requires constant attendance in Sacraments to maintain your justification – this is un-Biblical ** works*** based justification and plain flat-out wrong!!

      “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” ( Eph2:8-9)

      Our salvation we *** cannot **** earn ( see above ) – it is a gift from God when we accept Jesus and who he is and what he did.

      The roman church would tell you that unless you attend mass and do the sacraments you cant maintain your justification – this is a lie, and keeps people hooked and in line.

      If you follow romanism, you are in a works based pagan religion, not faith based Christianity.

      QED

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    GR82DRV

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    My key belief of faith is that God so wanted a personal one-to-one relationship with his children (including sinners like me) that he sacrificed that which he loved most. That being done, I cannot accept any person or any church that tells me I must submit to [i]them[/i] in order to have that relationship.

    This objection is similar to the AGW movement in whole. -We must suspend individual thought and doubt while submitting to self-appointed keepers of the “faith”.

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    Amber

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    When global warming starts being adopted by the church any pretense of science vanishes and is replaced with a belief based culture .

    When politicians pile on hang on to your wallet because that is exactly what they are after . The notion politicians are going to adjust the CO2 knob to prohibit the earth’s temperature from rising 2 degrees is beyond a joke .

    Where are all the real scientists cowering ?

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    Steve

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    Sorry for the religious content, but its relevent to one of the posts.

    I know many ex-Catholics who found it hard to leave, because the mechanisms and doubt and fear that is used to keep people in line is of very high quality…..

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