Climate Deniers Seek a “Fresh Start”
May 6, 2015
Not The Onion.
In an effort to defibrillate a moribund and morally bankrupt movement, the Science-Denial-for-Hire “Think” Tank Heartland Institute is advertising it’s next “Conference on Climate Change” in a style more fit for a remake of “West Side Story” by Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Some of the policy questions the conference will explore and discuss:
- Is the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere a net positive or net negative for plant life, animals, and human prosperity?
- What is the cost of restrictions on energy generation and consumption imposed by the Obama administration and the United Nations?
- Is it moral to withhold affordable and reliable energy from poor people living in the U.S. and those in emerging countries?
The last bullet point ringing ever more hollow in the face of Pope Francis’ imminent Letter on Climate Change.
As reported by the National Catholic Reporter, the Ghanaian Cardinal Turkson pointed to 2015 as “a critical year for humanity,” a reference to the United Nations climate change conference scheduled for December.
The coming months “are crucial, then, for decisions about international development, human flourishing, and care for the common home we call planet Earth,” Turkson said. He said Pope Francis “has echoed the sense of crisis that many in the scientific and development communities convey” about the state of the planet and its impoverished populations.
Turkson was quoted as saying Pope Francis, in the upcoming encyclical, hopes to spread the “warmth of hope … in the midst of those he has called the ‘Herods,’ the ‘omens of destruction and death’ that so often accompany ‘the advance of this world.’”
While acknowledging some differences among advocacy interests concerning causes of climate change, Turkson, the Associated Press reported, said that “what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer,” and he pointed to “ancient biblical teaching” spelling out the responsibilities of Christians to act to address the associated problems.
“For the Christian, to care for God’s ongoing work of creation is a duty, irrespective of the causes of climate change,” Turkson said then. “To care for creation, to develop and live an integral ecology as the basis for development and peace in the world, is a fundamental Christian duty.” AP reported Turkson as saying the Pope is “compelled by the scientific evidence for climate change” Pope is “compelled by the scientific evidence for climate change” and compelled by “a truth revealed” in Genesis 2:15 on a sacred duty to till and keep the planet.
“He is not making some political comment about the relative merits of capitalism and communism,” Turkson continued. “He is rather restating ancient biblical teaching …. He is pointing to the ominous signs in nature that suggest that humanity may now have tilled too much and kept too little.”
… Yet seen as unprecedented, far-reaching
While perhaps the most definitive and in-depth “hint” of the papal encyclical now said to be nearing the final stages of preparation, Cardinal Turkson’s remarks are not the only ones providing comfort to those hoping for a strong boost from the Pope leading up to the year-end Paris meeting. Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein wrote in late April that “most pope-watchers think Francis will raise urgent concerns about global warming and highlight human impact on climate change.”
She attributed to “church historians” the sense that the expected encyclical “represents the first time in memory that such an important papal writing is being timed by a pope to influence a civil process.” She wrote too that the Pope may well emphasize the issue “as a core Catholic social justice concern, up there with topics such as poverty and abortion”(but, apparently, with no reference to birth control or over-population).
Below, the film “Merchants of Doubt” shows why groups like Heartland are so Heartless: