A message for Pope Francis

“Denying humanity the use of still bountiful hydrocarbon energy is not simply wrong. It is immoral – and lethal.” – Paul Driessen

Today, April 28, the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences is holding a “workshop” on climate change, to outline the Pope’s positions and pave the way for his forthcoming encyclical on the topic. A team of experts from the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow and Heartland Institute will be there.

This article explains how the “dangerous manmade climate change” agenda violates the scientific method, Judeo Christianity’s commitment to true science as the basis for tremendous improvements in human lives and environmental quality, and our obligation to care for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

A message for Pope Francis

It’s not climate change – but energy restrictions based on climate fears – that threaten the poor

By Paul Driessen


(Excerpts) – Cardinal Peter Turkson, director of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and an author of the draft encyclical, says the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has determined that “our planet is getting warmer.” Christians have a duty to help the poor, “irrespective of the causes of climate change,” and address what Pope Francis apparently believes is an imminent climate crisis. The encyclical will likely present global warming as “a critical moral issue” and increase pressure for a new climate treaty.

That raises serious questions.

Alarmist climate science – that distorted version of science – began with the hypothesis that carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels cause global warming. It served as the basis for computer models that assume rising CO2 and GHG levels will cause planetary temperatures and sea levels to soar, and hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts to increase in number and intensity. The models predicted many such “scenarios” over the coming decades.

But Earth stopped warming 18 years ago; no major hurricane hit the USA for a record 9-1/2 years; seas are rising at barely seven inches per century; and even IPCC experts agree that long-term trends in weather disasters are not out of historic norms and are not attributable to human causes. The CO2-driven global warming disaster hypothesis and models do not reflect reality and are obviously wrong.

So alarmists began talking about “climate change,” blaming extreme weather events on human emissions and manipulating temperature data. They say terrible things are happening at unprecedented levels, when they are not.

Once unimaginable health, prosperity, living standards and life spans for billions of people

Worst, they say we must slash hydrocarbon energy use that has brought once unimaginable health, prosperity, living standards and life spans to billions of people, after countless millennia of crushing poverty, malnutrition, disease, and death before age 40. Fossil fuels still represent 85% of the world’s energy – and they are essential if the rest of humanity is to catch up and improve their lives.

Immoral – and lethal

Denying humanity the use of still bountiful hydrocarbon energy is thus not simply wrong. It is immoral – and lethal. This is the real reason that climate change is a critical moral issue. No one has a right to tell the world’s poor they cannot use fossil fuels to improve their lives, or to tell others they must reduce their living standards, based on speculation and unfounded fears about a manmade climate crisis.

As Dr. Beisner notes, “Alongside good science in our approach to climate policy must be two preferential options: for humanity and, among humanity, for the poor.” This does not mean pitting humanity against nature, any more than to pit the poor against the rich. It means any effort to protect the environment must be centered on scientific truth and human well-being, and in particular the well-being of the poor, because they are more vulnerable, and less able to protect themselves. Climate alarmism does not do that.

Helped 1.3 billion people escape debilitating energy poverty

Over the past three decades, fossil fuels helped 1.3 billion people get electricity and escape debilitating energy poverty – over 830 million because of coal. China connected 99% of its population to the grid and increased its steel production eight times over, mostly with coal, energy analyst Roger Bezdek points out.

Abundant, reliable, affordable motor fuels and electricity empower people and support mobility, modern agriculture, homes and hospitals, computers and communications, lights and refrigerators, job creation, life and study after sundown, indoor plumbing, safe drinking water, less disease and longer lives. In conjunction with property rights and entrepreneurship, protected by laws enforced by limited, responsive, responsible governments, fossil fuels will continue transforming lives and nations the world over.

They will also enable people to respond and adapt to future climate changes and extreme weather events, floods and droughts, heat waves, new “little ice ages” and other disasters, natural or manmade. More plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would enhance wildlife habitats and food production.

1.3 billion people still do not have electricity

However, 1.3 billion people (the population of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe combined) still do not have electricity. In India alone, more people than live in the USA still lack electricity. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 730 million (equal to Europe) still cook and heat with wood, charcoal and animal dung. Hundreds of millions get horribly sick and four million die every year from lung and intestinal diseases, due to breathing smoke from open fires and not having clean water, refrigeration and safe food.

Would perpetuate Third World poverty, disease and death

Imposing fossil fuel restrictions and renewable energy mandates – in the name of stabilizing planetary climate that has never been stable – would perpetuate Third World poverty, disease and death. In developed nations, it would reduce living standards, affect everything we make, grow, ship, eat and do – and cause thousands to die during cold winters, because they cannot afford to heat their homes properly.

It would be a needless tragedy – an unconscionable crime against humanity – if the world implemented policies to protect the world’s still impoverished and energy-deprived masses from hypothetical manmade climate dangers decades from now, by perpetuating poverty and disease, and killing millions tomorrow.

Just eight years ago, Pope Benedict XVI warned that any proposed “solutions” to global warming and climate change must be based on solid evidence, and not on computer models, unsupported assertions and dubious ideology. He suggested that concerns about man-made emissions melting ice caps and causing waves of unprecedented disasters were little more than fear-mongering. He argued that ecological concerns must be balanced against the needs of current and future generations of people.

Pope Francis apparently does not share his predecessor’s view about climate change fears. However, if he is truly committed to advancing science, the poor and creation, he should reject climate chaos claims unless and until alarmists can provide solid evidence to back up their assertions and models.

He should recognize that the issue is not global warming or climate change. It is whether human actions now dominate climate and weather fluctuations that have been common throughout Earth and human history – and whether those actions will cause dangerous or catastrophic changes in the future. Science-based answers to these questions are essential if we are to forecast future climate and weather accurately – and safeguard poor families, modern living standards and environmental quality.

Dr. Beisner has posted his letter to Pope Francis, for others to endorse this commonsense approach.

It is unwise and unjust to adopt policies requiring reduced use of fossil fuels, unless it can be conclusively shown that doing so will stabilize Earth’ fickle climate and prevent future climate disasters, Dr. Beisner concludes. “Such policies would condemn hundreds of millions of our fellow human beings to ongoing poverty.” We therefore respectfully ask Pope Francis to advise the world’s leaders to reject those policies.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org),  author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death, and coauthor of Cracking Big Green: Saving the world from the Save-the-Earth money machine.

21 thoughts on “A message for Pope Francis”

  1. Our climate is not getting warmer! It paused 18 years ago and went from a Periodic 140 years Solar Warm Period straight into a Solar Minmum which will last another 30 years.
    Why do you think the Russians want the entire Black sea coast, its the only place they will be able to grow Wheat for the next 40 years. Northern Russia is going back into the freezer for forty years, as it will take that long for the new perma frost areas to melt.

    • Maybe the pope thinks that only the non Catholics will be effected by his negligent and ungodly deeds

  2. Please be careful : In times of universal deceit , telling the truth will be a revolutionary act — prophesy by George Orwell .

    • We’re already there, I’m afraid.
      Amerika and the NWO = “1984” meets “Harrison Bergeron” meets “Fahrenheit 451”.

  3. LOL lets not forget that the world was also once thought to be at the center of the Solar System and the Universe.
    New science or contra indications based on empirical evidence always threatens to destabilize the subtext of the AGW argument, which is what ? Generation of revenue/ Money ( taxes,fees,levies,studies,stipends,donations et.al.).

    Food for thought:


    • Electing a Jesuit to the status of a pope was a bad idea. Who is he serving? It’s true that God gave us Earth and we are stewards, but Jesus is my God, not environmentalism.

  4. Next time you attend a function hosted by anyone who is “evangelical” in their support of the church of climate change find their fuse box and turn their power off.

    When they try to turn it back on remind them that is only a small taste of the consequences their support of climate change alarm causes the billions of people denied affordable energy.

    Suggest they celebrate for a few hours without evil fossil fuelled power – perhaps they could eat all the goodies before the fridge heats up to spoilage temperatures.

    They are obviously hypocrites and shouldn’t be on your social calendar anyway.

  5. “He is also preparing an encyclical — one of the highest forms of a papal statement — on the subject, expected to be released as early as June.”

    This “ENCYCLICAL” is not an “INFALLIBLE” Doctrinal Pronouncement, according to Catholic Answers.


    By this means, the Vatican is hedging its bets & watermelons should take heed. This pope may be feted amongst some circles of fawning sycophants, but he is fated to overstep his pay-grade on the subject of warm mongering..

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  6. In the light of John 8:44 the term Judeo Christianity is an oxymoron like Christian Satanist. As for Pope Francis he is not a trained climatologist, astro physicist or chemist and is not qualified to render an opinion on climate or support the cult of global warming.

    • Although the history of the foundation of Christianity/ the R.C. Church is in the public domain for objective readers, I regret and apologize for the above comment, which was inconsiderate to religious persons.

  7. This former bouncer at a night club has turned into a traitor of his religion and human civilization.

    The total dismantling of the very tissue of Western covilization is part of the UN Agenda 21 which also has a religious agenda.

    We now have traitors all over the place and on any key position.

    It’s them or us.

    Get the picture?

  8. Just remember we as a whole society are responsible for all this garbage being forced on the people from the top down (Government, Banks, Multi National Companies, Religion, The Elite).
    How can that be you ask?
    Well we are constantly supporting the banksters with our daily banking, going to big muti-national companies on a regular basis to by their so called ‘cheap merchandise’, supporting big religious groups and organizations on a massive scale, and continue to vote for these lying scum bags every time a stupid election comes around. When will people wake up to the fact that no one in this group gives a s*** about you, society or the planet. The only thing they care about is MONEY & POWER. So while we all keep spending our money at Walmart/etc, use the big banks, giving money and time to religion, or keep buying in to the Right vs Left political lie then we are ALL guilty of destroying our planet and society. We need to wake up to the fact that all these so called ‘different’ political parties are all the same. Just because they have different colors, logos, and names does not mean they are different. (Underneath all their hype and fanfare they really are all only one color and that is brown, cause they look like s*** talk like s*** and smell like s***) and yet we as a stupid mass of idiots buy into this garbage year after year decade after decade century after century. Until ‘WE’ as citizens of this planet stop this nonsense this will NEVER get better. So remember we are all part of the problem and all guilty of every single crime committed against humanity because we as a mass group of people refuse to stand up and demand for real change, real representation, real truth, and real solutions.

    • How could we as a society be responsible for anything the governments or the the elites that own those governments do particularly when we have no say over who is on the ballot?
      The elites decide who is on the ballot and then they shame people into voting for those candidates. That is not a real or fair choice. It is a rigged political market. In other words a scam.

      • Agreed. The problem is that greed, deceit, lying, corruption, and double standards have rendered governing the realm of evil men and women. Those with ethics and morality are roundly drummed out because they don’t give away the bank and cannot stand against the onslaught of those without ethical, moral standards.

        If one person says I’ll ensure you have everything you want, rainbows and unicorn included – and another person says you may not have it as good as the previous generation had it ……. which are you going to vote for? The elites know this; the candidates know this.

        It all comes down to we as a society having lost our morality and ethical grounding. We may talk a good talk, but we don’t walk it. If we did, NAFTA would never have passed and the American middle class would still be strong.

      • We have had a rigged/corrupt system for eons now and the only thing we as a stupid civilization do if we happen to topple a regime that we don’t like is to replace it with an equally rigged/corrupt system that favors the winning side and treats the ‘other side’ as trash. The only solution to bad government we as a people say is to throw out the ‘bad ones’ and put ‘our guys’ cause they are better. That is not change real change is when each and every one of us becomes in touch and aware of who we are as an individual then real change will happen. Once you have truth about who you truly are then respect for your neighbor and planet and everything else will happen naturally. When we take back this personal freedom and self control we were all born with, then the elites will lose their power over us and all aspects of society that tries to control us will start to fall away and the reason this is not happening is because no one is refusing to stop participating in this corrupt society, so unless we stop allowing this to continue then ‘WE’ are part of the problem. It all boils down to personal responsibility and no one will admit that their part of the problem because it’s always someone, something, somewhere else. Until we look within ourselves everything will always get worse and nothing will ever change.

    • Then stop buying consumer items, go on a Consumer spending strike, only buy what you need to live or replace once its reached the end if its useful life.
      If sufficient numbers do this the GDP of a nation quickly goes south, and interest rates are quickly dropped to cope with the down turn which follows.
      Truth went out of the equation between the electorate and the politicos who wished to be elected with the advent of 24 hours TV propaganda news slanted by biased network owners.
      If you want a stable country, with good finances then reform the corrupt banking system of the US, they have fraudulently causes 4 major world wide finance crashes since 1929 each one took 15 years to recover from. The next, over the Carbon Credit fraud will finish the system. Not one of the US banking fraudsters has been renditioned back to the UK or EU for summary justice.

  9. Seems The Pope and his bully boys had a message for CFACT —
    SHUT the F..K-UP!!

    VATICAN CITY – Papal heavies shut down an awkward question at a Vatican press conference today when a journalist asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon his views on climate sceptics.

    Marc Morano, covering the Vatican climate conference for Climate Depot, asked Ban Ki-Moon whether he had a message for the Heartland Institute delegation of scientists who have flown to Rome to urge the Pope to reconsider his ill-advised position climate change.

    But before he could finish the conference hosts interrupted to ask which organisation he worked for, then directed the microphone to a more tame questioner, while a security guard came over to mutter in Morano’s ear “You have to control yourself or you will be escorted out of here.”

    Vatican Heavies Silence Climate Heretics at UN Papal Summit – Breitbart

    H/T to Steve Goddard

  10. That man-made fairy-tale of man-made global warming,, is nothing but the biggest political and intellectual fraud ever. Reasons at http://tinyurl.com/lfz53rt .

    Now that the AGW fraud and its Lysenkoists, Gleichschaltung machinery and finance are in the open for all who want to look, we are – like China, India and other countries with similar energy shortfalls – free to burn fossil fuels where economically opportune. But Clean Air Acts and their enforcement remain conditiones sine qua non, of course, i.e. SOXs, NOXs, OBNOXs (everything else obnoxious) and above all particulates need to be cleared from smokestacks.
    In regard to more CO2 reaching the atmosphere, that can only be good to help plants to grow more vigorously or where they otherwise wouldn’t. In essence – only CO2 in the atmosphere fosters active regrowth not only of trees, but of all Flora in order to produce enough oxygen on which we, and the whole of Fauna depend.
    6.1. To wit, Vaclav Smil in his Energy at the Crossroads: Global Perspecitves and Uncertainties [MIT Press, 2003] provides this comment on CO2 :
    “The fundamental reason why carbon dioxide abundance in the atmosphere is critically important to biology is that there is so little of it. A field of corn growing in full sunlight in the middle of the day uses up all the carbon dioxide within a meter of the ground in about five minutes. If the air were not constantly stirred by convection currents and winds, the corn would not be able to grow.”

  11. Speaking of political and intellectual fraud, the heliocentric model, by which the Christians insisted that earth was the center of the universe, is morally similar to anthropogenic climate change. Some brave souls, such as Giordano Bruno (c. 1600), preached an infinite, expanding universe in which earth was an insignificant speck of dust, and for their courage, were turned into carbon dioxide and ashes at the stake. So beware, denier heretics, no one expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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