Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Science Links: The Pope and the Climate

Article: What Pope Francis should do to really help the poor: Bjorn Lomborg

Takeaway: Global warming will effect the poor most. However, the advocated policies to stop global warming will further impoverish the poor "first and foremost."

Article: Leaked Laudato Lamented

Catholic magazine discussing the Pope's stance on global warming.

Takeaway: The encyclical is great on the theology. Lousy on the science.

Article: Who Pays For Climate Regulation?

Hat tip to Wattsupwiththat: Stanford research finds climate change regulation burden heaviest on poor

Takeaway: the two titles say it all.

Article:  Thoughts on the papal encyclical on environment

Takeaway: Well balanced looked at the Encyclical, based on the actual document, rather than "reports." The encyclical still invokes the long-discredited "consensus."

However, it places the enviroment in a moral context that both skeptics and believers in global warming would do well to ponder.

Article: Is The Catholic Church Burned By The Sun Again?

Takeaway: a point-by-point rebuttal of the "climate science" of the Pope's encyclical.

My take on all of this. When the Pope speaks on moral and theological issues, he speaks clearly. And what he says should challenge everyone. However, he muddies the waters of that clarity with the "mud" of bad science.

It is also not as "anti-business" and "anti-capitalist" as some "reports" have made it out to be. However, it is obvious that the Pope is more knowledgable about Marxist and Fascist critiques of free-market economies than he is about free-market economies.

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