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.

Like former Pope Benedict, Francis is expected to condemn fossil fuels and push for more “just” economic reforms.

Judging by what participants of the Vatican’s climate meeting wrote, the Papacy could come out hard against market economies that utilize fossil fuels for development. But given the authors of the document, it shouldn’t be surprising.

One of the authors is economist Jeffrey Sachs who now heads up Columbia University’s Earth Institute. Sachs has been heavily backed by liberal philanthropist George Soros. Years ago, Soros donated $50 million to a project co-run by Sach’s nonprofit the Millennium Promise.

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