[As a disclaimer, I am heavily influenced by the book "The Chilling Stars" and highly recommend it if you are interested in the topic The Chilling Stars: A New Theory of Climate Change by Nigel Calder — Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists]
[Secondly, this article only focuses on the "global warming" part of the presentation, but we believe his upcoming speech will delve into aspects of how to make it happen through the UN]
It’s hard to criticize the pope. It is like criticizing your mom. She means well, probably. But that doesn’t mean she’s not wrong sometimes.
He has been urging governments around the world to enact taxes and impose draconian new regulations on energy use (such as a pending law in CA that will require a in petroleum use by 2030, to be achieved penalizing motorists who “use too much” gas or “drive too often”) in order to address what he styles “the urgency of climate change” and the need for “sustainable” development.
The problem is that while “climate change” – the new catch-all euphemism for catastrophic alterations in the world’s weather patterns – is conjecture, the taxes and regulatory restrictions advocated by this clergyman are very real indeed.
Specifically, the effect such will have on the world’s poor – for whom affordable electricity, warmth in winter and food are very real concerns.
This is an odd thing, when you stop to think about it a little. Pope Francis is a leader, a man who has spent his life studying the , not chemistry, or atmospheric science. For him to pontificate about “climate change” is as inappropriate – as silly – as a politician pontificating about eschatology.
This is not just a “pope problem,” either
It is telling that the language had to be altered to suit the inconvenient truths. It was not all that long ago these “experts” were sounding the alarm bells about an impending ice age and “global cooling.”
But then the same problem arose – only in reverse. The weather began to . Cold winters returned with a vengeance to much of North America, for instance. It became hard to sell global warming when much of the country was experiencing a deep freeze, as during the winters of 2013 and 2014.
This is as dangerous an idea as it is bizarre.
The climate is and always has been in flux. It will continue to change, regardless of the pope or the activity of the seven billion people on this earth.
For instance: Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide were much higher than they are today 250 million years ago – well before the age of industrial activity. How much higher? higher than current levels, according to the (not the Republican Party or the Koch brothers). This was the era of the dinosaurs. The Earth was much warmer and more humid than now and the high C02 levels spurred the growth of vegetation, which fed the great plant-eating dinosaurs such as Diplodocus – who in tun fed giant meat-eaters like Tyrannosaurus.
Conversely, the era preceding the current warmer era was much cooler – the so-called LIttle Ice Age, which began in the mid 1300s and lasted until the mid-1800s. Winters grew longer and much harsher.
For example, the much-touted shriveling of the polar ice caps. It’s true the Arctic (north pole) caps have retreated somewhat; but at the same time, the Antarctic ice (south pole) has increased. Cumulatively, polar ice has not declined at all, according to NASA (see ).