Vatican Issues Far-Left Declaration on Climate Change, ‘Very Fabric of Life on Earth at Grave Risk’

In a dramatic declaration punctuated by dire threats and warnings, the Vatican is urging the world to “decarbonize the energy system as early as possible and no later than mid-century” to avoid irreversible damage to humans and ecosystems.

In its newly released “Final Declaration: Our Planet, Our Health, Our Responsibility” from a November workshop on climate change, air pollution and health, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences warns that “there is less than a decade” to put in place a series of sweeping measures to counteract the effects of human-induced climate change. “The time to act is now,” it reads.

Surprisingly for a statement coming from an academy of “science,” the document is riddled with unscientific assertions in a bizarre mix of political ideology and apocalyptic hyperbole.

“With unchecked climate change and air pollution, the very fabric of life on Earth, including that of humans, is at grave risk,” the text begins. “We propose scalable solutions to avoid such catastrophic changes. There is less than a decade to put these solutions in place to preserve our quality of life for generations to come.”

In what can only be termed an attempt to generate mass hysteria, the statement envisions a dark scenario, not unlike those depicted by past doomsday fads such as the supposed population explosion and catastrophic oil shortages of the 1970s.

“With accelerating climate change, we put ourselves at grave risk of massive crop failures, new and re-emerging infectious diseases, heat extremes, droughts, mega-storms, floods and sharply rising sea levels,” the text reads.

Of course, no declaration of this kind would be complete without an indictment of capitalism and an assertion of the profound guilt of the wealthier nations for causing such a deplorable state of affairs.

“The poorest of the planet, who are still relying on 19th-century technologies to meet basic needs such as cooking and heating, are bearing a heavy brunt of the damages caused by the economic activities of the rich,” the document alleges.

There is, of course, no mention of the fact that access to cheap abundant fossil fuels is exactly what allowed modern nations to emerge from the deep poverty in which the vast majority of the world lived for centuries. Nor is there any mention of the fact that with economic development comes a cleaner environment, as history attests.

In an Orwellian exercise in doublespeak, the authors of the text, including well-known proponents of abortion and population control like the UN’s Jeffrey Sachs, make an attempt to conflate the bogeyman of extreme anthropogenic global warming with the very real problem of environmental pollution.

As Breitbart News reported in October, environmental pollution—particularly air pollution—is responsible for millions of deaths each year, while “climate change” is responsible for none. For all intents and purposes, the two phenomena are unrelated, since the scourge of air pollution relates to the presence of dangerous fine particulate matter in the air while global warming propaganda focuses on carbon dioxide emissions.

Human exposure to fine particulate matter increases the risk of acute lower respiratory infection, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke and lung cancer, while exposure to carbon dioxide—a colorless, odorless, non-toxic gas—produces none of these effects and is, in fact, essential for life on earth.

“Climate change caused by fossil fuels and other human activities poses an existential threat to Homo sapiens and contributes to mass extinction of species,” the Vatican text states. “In addition, air pollution caused by the same activities is a major cause of premature death globally.”

While the second part of this statement is true, the first part is not.

First-world nations like the United States have learned to control pollution through ever cleaner and more efficient energy production using fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the air in the U.S. is among the cleanest of any nation on the planet.

In the most recent WHO report on air pollution, the United States was listed as one of the countries with the cleanest air in the world, significantly cleaner in fact than the air in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Austria, and France.

Countries like China and the Central African Republic, on the other hand, have a level of air pollution seven times worse than that of the United States, while India’s is eight times as bad and Egypt’s is more than twelve times as bad.

Undaunted by these facts, the authors of the Vatican text propose “moving rapidly to a zero-carbon energy system – replacing coal, oil, and gas with wind, solar, geothermal and other zero-carbon energy sources, drastically reducing emissions of all other climate-altering pollutants and by adopting sustainable land use practices.”

By doing so, “humanity can prevent catastrophic climate change while cutting the huge disease burden caused by air pollution and climate change,” they insist.

Yet in point of fact, most first-world nations have already achieved remarkably low levels of pollution without switching to inefficient alternative energy sources.

As researcher Mario Loyola pointed out in his groundbreaking 2016 essay titled “The Twilight of the Climate Change Movement,” little international attention is being paid to the real health risks faced by many nations, “for the simple reason that they don’t fit snugly into the environmentalists’ essentially anti-industrial agenda.”

“Man-made climate change, on the other hand, is the perfect vehicle for advancing that agenda,” he noted. “Dealing with it requires choking off fossil fuels, a top-down reorganization of economic activity, and income redistribution.”

In other words, there are ideological and political interests that make CO2 reduction extremely attractive, while real dangers are ignored.

If alarmists were really interested in protecting humans against climate change, he added, “they would be helping Bangladesh adapt to monsoon floods and thereby avoid thousands of deaths every few years, instead of insisting on green energy boondoggles that will never save a soul there or anywhere else.”

The real shame is that the Vatican is lending itself to advance such a base and ideologically driven agenda.

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    G

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    “I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” -Matthew 25:36

    “And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” -Matthew 25:40

    Apparently we have solved the big problems like these and it’s time to move on to the REAL issue…man-made climate change. Papal leadership at its best.

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      Steve

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      Clearly the pope has never read the Bible – the RC catechism preaches salvation effectively by the “installment method” in direct opposition to John 19:30.

      Salvation is by accepting Jesus as your Saviour ONCE ONLY, not endlessly re-sacrificing Jesus in a wafer, just in case.

      The Reformation was brought about because we are justified by accepting Christs sacrifice ONCE. Thats it.

      The Roman Catholic Council of Trent makes anyone who believes in savlation by grace alone ( i.e. the true Christians ) – anathema.

      Fail.

      It seems roman catholicism is just paganism with a thin veneer of Christianity over the top to trick the punters. The roman church is run by a pagan communist. Merging the pagan RC religion with an eco-pagan religion of global warming will be easy.

      Birds of a feather flock together…..

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    Amber

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    Time for a change in Rome . Sounds like an Al Gore clone .
    “Sciences warns that “there is less than a decade ” to put in sweeping reforms to counteract the effects of human – induced climate change . Really ? Like the “ice free arctic ” that was predicted by the earth has a fever promoters ?
    A huge drop in credibility of the Catholic church is all that has happened .
    Climate change never stops regardless of human activity and
    some of that change is good or bad depending where you live .
    By a show of hands how many would favor a return to the latest
    ice age . It is absolutely astonishing that the Catholic Church has bought into and tries to sell the notion that humans are able to
    alter the climate to some arbitrary fake target while natural variability dwarfs the miniscule effects of human generation of CO2 which is plant food greening the earth .
    Unbelievable and sad .

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    john from Michigan

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    Why does anybody listen to Pope Stupid I. He may be infallable on questions of faith, but he’s certainly ignorant when he speaks on non-faith issues such as climate fraud. He and Prince Charles of Great Britain should get together on a new motion picure, “Dumb and dumber rides again”.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    This pope by far is the biggist imposter ever to wear the robes of a pope he is Satan’s not Jesus pope

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    DGSchroder

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    If you are interested in researching Pope Francis, Do a google search of “Francis antipope end times” You will find a lot of eye opening articles. A few articles seem like wacky conspiracy theories, and a greater number are well written by knowledgeable theologians (including Roman Catholics) who are very, very alarmed by this pope.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Bill Nye and pope francine, together, front page above the fold. I think the CCD editor is stirring the pot.

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    David Lewis

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    This article touches on a number of issues. It is obvious that someone(s) have gotten to the Pope and are using him as a puppet to advance their own agendas. To become a constant public advocate for an issue not directly related to religion is unheard of.

    As already mentioned, the dead line for past climate change dooms day predictions has already passed. The first one was before the year 2000 and at that time we were only supposed to have ten years to make drastic changes. The same was true of Al Gore’s predictions which were over ten years ago.

    When it comes to religion end of the world predictions are common. Both the year 1000 and 2000 were supposed to be the end. In the 1880’s a leader of a large denomination said, “Bothers and sisters, the end will come within this generation.” There are two dominations that we have today that were formed when the end didn’t come as predicted by two end of the world groups. So in predicting doomsday that will never come the Pope is right in there with religious leaders of the past.

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    Amber

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    Well the good news is with any luck the current Pope will be around long enough to see if his pronouncement is right . Just like all the other doomsayers . Hanson , Gore and the rest of the scary global warming propaganda industry are proven to be just making up crap to sell their nonsense .
    The question becomes what else has the Pope claimed ? He is not looking well so maybe the 10 years is far enough off . I hope he is around to see if plant food causes “irreversible damage ” . Unbelievable .
    If the Pope wants to worry about something real then depopulation is worth a fret . At current population declines
    Japan for example would have it’s population virtually emptied out within 300 years . No Honda’s or Sony electronics …. not good .
    Who is going to pay for all those church lawsuits and real-estate upkeep with a rapidly declining population ? Any global warming
    we do get is largely beneficial and pales in comparison .

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    Gerry

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    “the authors of the Vatican text propose “moving rapidly to a zero-carbon energy system – replacing coal, oil, and gas with wind, solar, geothermal and other zero-carbon energy sources, drastically reducing emissions of all other climate-altering pollutants and by adopting sustainable land use practices.”

    “Nothing speaks like results. If you want to build the kind of credibility that connects with people, then deliver results before you deliver a message. Get out and do what you advise others to do. Communicate from experience.” ~ John C. Maxwell.

    Lead the way your Holiness.

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    rakooi

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    Nothing Speaks like results.
    The Killer Coal & Big Oil fossil fuel monopoly has been raising the costs of electricity for years.
    Thanks to the enabling of the Obama administration, last year electric rates fell nearly 1% for the first time thanks to the NEW, VERY REAL COMPETITION form SOLAR, WIND and Nat. Gas…up against the hugely subsidized/supported Fossil Fuel industry…
    TEXAS is the big winner, they say price reductions in double digits in the competitive markets.
    THANKS to Alexander von Humboldt, in 1799, calling our attentions to man’s affect on the climate around them.
    THANKS to Thomas Jefferson for similar assertions, also in 1799.
    THANKS to President Obama for some of the FIRST steps in dealing with the future.

    DID you see many of the headlines in your right wing opinionated media centers….that Global Warming Is Not Accelerating….
    DID YOU CATCH THE VERY REAL IMPLICATION in that comment….IT IS GOING ON….they are simply contending that it is not accelerating….which of course is not true.
    Dr. John CHRISTY (noted skeptic/denier) stated in the 1990’s that Global Warming would END around 2000 as we resume our 9000 year temperature decline into the next GLACIATION (ice age).
    Dr. John CHRISTY stated in 2003 that there WAS no WARMING….
    NOW !
    Dr. John CHRISTY admits that there is, indeed, warming but that it is NOT ACCELERATING.
    After 2 decades of deception and IDOLOGICAL SMOKE BEING BLOWN up the skirts of those Right Wing Enablers
    NO GLOBAL Warming???? what bunk !
    ……..
    WHY should we believe that nonsense today ! ! ! !
    NATURAL CYCLES CHANGE temperatures, on average, about
    1C per 7500 years.
    Humans are increasing temperatures about 1.19 C in a little over a century.

    We need to stop pouring gasoline on the fire of climate change.

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      Sonnyhill

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      Why is a little warming bad? 1 degree per 100 years has you foaming mad. If it takes a million researchers to prove it exists, it must be much ado about nothing.

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      Gerry

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      “Nothing Speaks like results.”

      Amen to that Brother! And please check in and remind us how nonsensical we deniers were AFTER you and his Holiness have transitioned off grid and are living large on all that free renewable sustainable energy.

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      David Lewis

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      The price of power was driven down by competition from natural gas. I guess RAKOOI isn’t smart enough to know that the natural gas is a fossil fuel. Solar and wind energy are incredibly expensive as the disaster of Germany’s energiewende has proven.

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        rakooi

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        Clean Technica.com
        Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable Energy Growth?
        January 22nd, 2017 by Zachary Shahan
        Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on average, for new electricity capacity around the world — in developed countries like the US as well as developing countries like India, China, Nigeria, and Mexico.

        COAL has become, at once, the MOST EXPENSIVE Form of Electricity and by far, the deadliest provide of electricity.
        2000 sites in 47 states with open air pits and ponds for storing
        TOXIC COAL ASH WASTE !
        Leaching into drinking water aquifers, leaking into creeks and streams…and periodically spilling into towns, rivers and school yards.
        1 million new cases of ASTHMA (AMA) caused by COAL ELECTRIC GENERATION………. 230 deaths /1,000,000 Cases per year, each year.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Beware of False Prophets for they are but ravening wolves

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    G

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    The Climate Change Movement is rapidly becoming the last refuge of scoundrels, despots, failed Communists, and discredited religious leaders. Like most movements of the left wing, it rapidly devolved into a disparate collection of aggrieved and entitled freeloaders. Don’t be surprised when His Holiness passes the collection plate, expecting the public to fund his enlightened decrees.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Earth Justice just like the NRDC,Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund,EDF,Friends of the Earth have a bigger interest in big time $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and their favorite wildlife images are on those designer checks sent to them by the usial suckers who have fallen Hook,Line & Sinker for their Malarkey just like with the Save the Rain Forests hoax or that they are the Lungs of the Earth(Only if your into this Gaia nonsense from crack-pots like James Lovelock and Earth First)their favorite sound gose KA-CHING,KA CHING KA CHING

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    rakooi

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    More attacks on the Holy Father…by right wing atheists.
    PITIFUL !
    We have a duty, a Biblical imperative to be GOOD STEWARDS OF GOD’S CREATION.
    ALLOWING MASSIVE DUMPING OF TOXIC FUMES, GASES, CHIMICALS INTO OUR ATMOSPHERE …. FOR Centuries…..
    is madness unique to humans and original sin !

    http://berkeleyearth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/land-and-ocean-sea-ice-comparison-large.png

    .
    1. Surface weather station measurements CLEARLY register Warming for over a century !
    2. Satellite measurements show that the troposphere is warming
    3. The stratosphere is cooling as predicted by anthropogenic global warming theory
    (this cannot be explained by solar variability)
    4.Temperatures at the ocean surface and at various ocean depths show warming as far down as 1500 meters
    5. Sea level rise…at an increasing rate.
    6. Gravitometric measurements of Greenland and Antarctica show net ice loss
    7. Sea-ice loss in the Arctic is dramatically accelerating
    8. Acceleration of glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica, particularly within the last few years.
    9. The rise of the tropopause
    10. Poleward migration of species
    11.Increased intensity of hurricanes as expected from rising sea surface temperatures
    12.Accelerating decline of glaciers throughout the world
    13.Rise in temperatures at greater depths in the permafrost
    14.Rapid expansion of thermokarst lakes throughout parts of Siberia, Canada and Alaska
    15.Changes in ocean circulation as predicted by climate models, for example, with temperatures rising more quickly overland
    16.Disintegration of permafrost coastlines in the arctic
    17.Changes in the altitude of the stratosphere
    18.An energy imbalance – the earth is receiving more energy than it emits (Google: Hansen 2005 abstract)
    19.Poleward movement of the jet streams (Archer 2008, Seidel 2007, Fu 2006)
    20.Widening of the tropical belt (Seidel 2007, Fu 2006)
    Note – Some of the evidence listed above are unique to CO2 warming – the carbon “fingerprint”.

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