Cardinal Pell, please put the Pope straight on climate



The Pope’s ill-informed blunder into the politics of global warming, er, sorry, climate change, has been bizarre, not least because of the choice of language.

The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish. Industrial waste and chemical products utilized in cities and agricultural areas can lead to bioaccumulation in the organisms of the local population, even when levels of toxins in those places are low. Frequently no measures are taken until after people’s health has been irreversibly affected.

There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. Worldwide there is minimal access to clean and renewable energy. There is still a need to develop adequate storage technologies. Some countries have made considerable progress, although it is far from constituting a significant proportion. Investments have also been made in means of production and transportation which consume less energy and require fewer raw materials, as well as in methods of construction and renovating buildings which improve their energy efficiency. But these good practices are still far from widespread.

Unfortunately, environmental concerns are fairly low on the list of priorities of third world countries, where food and water are more pressing issues. Economic development leads to better environmental outcomes. But preventing those economies from accessing cheap fuels will ensure that their development will be substantially impeded, meaning that environmental issues will be ignored for longer…

Cardinal George Pell should have a quiet word with His Holiness, since the cardinal has his head screwed on when it comes to the climate faith, see for example: “Cardinal criticises religious climate zealots“, where he said:

The basic issue is not whether the science is settled but whether the evidence and explanations are adequate in that paradigm.

I fear, too, that many politicians have never investigated the primary evidence.

Much is opaque to non-specialists, but persistent inquiry and study can produce useful clarifications, similar to the nine errors identified by the British High Court in Al Gore’s propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth.

The complacent appeal to scientific consensus is simply one more appeal to authority, quite inappropriate in science or philosophy.

A trap that the Pope has clearly fallen into head first. I think Cardinal Pell needs to have a little chat…


  1. The College of Cardinals should remove the apostate Francis and replace him with someone who does not worship government as god and who is not a tool of Satan.


  2. Sue Fornace says:

    Very nice.


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