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Pope blasts climate change doubters: cites moral duty to act

Posted September 11

Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held on board the flight to Rome, at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Francis' visit to Cartagena got off to a rocky start when he banged his head on his popemobile when it stopped short amid swarms of well-wishers. The pontiff, who only had a hip-high bar to hold onto, lost his balance and suffered a bruised, black left eye and a cut on his eyebrow. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, pool)

— Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth.

Francis was asked about climate change and the spate of hurricanes that have pummeled the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean recently as his charter plane left Colombia on Sunday and flew over some of the devastated areas.

"Those who deny this must go to the scientists and ask them. They speak very clearly," he said, referring to experts who blame global warming on man-made activities.

Francis said scientists have also clearly charted what needed to be done to reverse course on global warming and said individuals and politicians had a "moral responsibility" to do their part.

"These aren't opinions pulled out of thin air. They are very clear," he said. "Then they (leaders) decide and history will judge those decisions."

Francis has made caring for the environment a hallmark of his papacy, writing an entire encyclical about how the poor in particular are most harmed when multinationals move into exploit natural resources. During his visit to Colombia, Francis spoke out frequently about the need to preserve the country's rich biodiversity from overdevelopment and exploitation.

For those who have denied climate change, or delayed actions to counter it, he responded with an Old Testament saying: "Man is stupid."

"When you don't want to see, you don't see," he said.

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  • Steve Escabar Sep 11, 6:53 p.m.
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    If that was the case, surely you can name at least one reputable science organization, worldwide, that disagrees with anthropogenic climate change.....Just one.

    I can name 197 science organization both private and publically funded that have the same findings that anthropogenic climate change is a serious issue.

    This isn't and shouldn't be a political issue that you are making it.
    http://opr.ca.gov/s_listoforganizations.php

  • Stacie Hagwood Sep 11, 6:34 p.m.
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    Love that man.

  • Andrew Stephenson Sep 11, 5:43 p.m.
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    Many reputable climatologists that have serious reservations? Show us one.

  • Eugene Irene Sep 11, 4:59 p.m.
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    Steve you like the Pope are simply wrong. There are very many reputable climatologists that have serious reservations about so-called global warming that has evolved to climate change. You should also know that science is not a matter of consensus as the left would like you to believe but rather of facts and proof. In fact the leftist politicians like Gore and Obama and such that are the ones who seem to be inordinate advocates and not politicians on the right who rather see this as anther attempt to redistribute wealth.

  • Steve Escabar Sep 11, 3:23 p.m.
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    He's simply agreeing with every reputable science organization on Earth, and the Pope is right. Its those that want to play politics who are threatening the Earth.

  • Eugene Irene Sep 11, 2:35 p.m.
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    As a Catholic I am appalled by this Pope's meddling into matter in which he knows nothing. He is a far leftist and as such insists on promulgating his unlearned opinion. He has also expressed his disdain for America in favor of socialism and even communism. He is a disgrace and an embarrassment to me.

  • Deborah Turner Sep 11, 2:18 p.m.
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    A liberal.... whose underlings molest children.

  • Nick Edwards Sep 11, 1:06 p.m.
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    Who's the guy in the white pajamas with a black eye? 😴