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Apparently it never occurred to him that God is sovereign over the climate

Noted climate scientist who sometimes claims to speak for God called global warming skeptics pervese


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POPE FRANCIS, CLIMATE
This is the sort of thing that ultimately drove me to Protestantism, which I say with complete affection for my many Catholic friends and family members.

I understand the doctrine that the pope only claims infallibility when he speaks ex cathedra, and he doesn’t claim to be doing so here. But you can’t invest that type of authority in an individual on certain matters, and allow him to be as sloppy as he is here on others:

Pope Francis blasted global warming skeptics

Pope Francis blasted global warming skeptics on Thursday as having “perverse attitudes.”

The pontiff, during remarks made to negotiators at climate talks in Germany, called climate change “one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing.” He added efforts to combat climate change are held back by those who deny the science behind it, are indifferent or resigned to it, or think it can be solved by technical solutions.

“We must avoid falling into these four perverse attitudes, which certainly don’t help honest research and sincere, productive dialogue,” he said.

He urged negotiators at the Bonn meeting to take action free of special interests and political or economic pressures, and to instead engage in an honest dialogue about the future of the planet.

I’m going to give the pope the benefit of the doubt here and assume he doesn’t have the slightest idea what he’s talking about, rather than thinking he’s being as dishonest as the people actually leading this dishonest movement. Francis seems easily swayed by the notion that the pursuit of wealth causes all kinds of calamity, so maybe he’s just too primed to go along with the global warming orthodoxy.

Francis seems easily swayed by the notion that the pursuit of wealth causes all kinds of calamity

That doesn’t make him all that different from millions of other left-wingers who think the same things, but they don’t claim to - at times - be the sole voice of God on Earth. The pope does. Because he does, his words are going to be seen by some as having additional authority when he holds forth on a matter, even if it’s a matter he doesn’t really know that much about. He’s also going to be used by God-hating secular media as a bludgeon against others in ministry who don’t share his curiously sourced views on climatology.

I suppose it’s unfair to tell the guy he can’t opine on issues. But there’s a reason a lot of preachers don’t. For one thing, they realize that many of these issues are not really their field of expertise, and they also realize that once they do so it becomes a very sticky wicket in which their congregations become divided over a matter that’s ancillary to the theological message on which they should be both united and focused.

By the way, why is it “perverse” to think that - to the extent there is any problem - technology is more likely to improve the situation than government action? That’s been my view for a long time, and it seems a lot more rational to think that cleaner-burning technology will reduce carbon emissions than to think a carbon tax or other industrial regulations will do it.

Which sector is better at solving problems? Private or public? It’s not even close.

 

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Bible says God is sovereign over all things

By the way, just to be clear, here’s my view on the issue: Climate changes all the time and I’m sure it’s changed in recent years. I am not convinced that the changes are exactly what the global warmists say they are, and I’m very skeptical of the idea that man has caused whatever it is. But more to the point, even if it could be shown that man was totally responsible and that it was really the problem they say it is, I would not favor the agenda that’s being pushed to “solve” the “problem.” Why? Because more crushing taxes and regulation on industry would retard growth far more than it would solve anything. And if there’s really a problem to be addressed, then over the course of time technology innovators will respond to the demand and correct the problem.

And the pushing of these policies is all the global warming movement has ever been about. The public won’t support these people’s policies on the merits, so the public is told IT’S AN EMERGENCY, and these policies are the only way to save us all.

If Pope Francis thinks it’s perverse to disagree with these people, then I think I’ll look to others for guidance on policy, and to know the Word of God, I think I’ll stick to my Bible.

By the way, that very Bible says God is sovereign over all things, and I’m pretty sure that includes the climate. I’d expect someone who supposedly hears from God to know that.



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