Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo – are the gigantic palace complexes all Popes hide inside from us regular humans. Inside these tremendous palaces they emerge periodically to chide everyone for being greedy, rapacious, and telling us we should love living in Tiny Houses and not using Popemobiles or private jets to travel all over the planet talking about how nasty people are to live in a moderate sized house in suburbia. The left absolutely hates suburbia and wants it destroyed. Both the Pope and the left have joined forces to demand we all cease modern civilization and wear sack cloth and ashes and hand over trillions of dollars to the ruling elites so they can fix the entire planet’s climate and if this doesn’t work, they can burn witches. The Pope’s brutal encyclical about how human sinners are causing the planet to get slightly warmer except it isn’t getting warmer…has been leaked today and it is very scary reading.
For poor countries, the priority should be the eradication of poverty and social development of their inhabitants; at the same time the scandalous level of consumption of certain privileged sectors of their population must be considered and we should have better counter corruption systems. Of course, they must also develop less polluting forms of energy production, but for this they have need to rely on help from countries that are grown much at the expense of CO2 pollution today all over the planet. The direct exploitation of abundant solar energy requires that you establish mechanisms and subsidies so that developing countries can have access to technology transfer, for technical assistance and financial resources, but always paying attention to concrete conditions, since the compatibility of the systems with the context for which they are proposed is not always properly assessed. The costs would be low when compared to risk of climate change. In any case, it is above all an ethical choice, based on solidarity of all peoples.
If we are talking about ‘ethical choices’ then the Vatican should disband and all the creatures living there should move into caves. After all, the early Christians openly mocked Roman civilization and they lived as monks and hermits in caves and on mountain tops or on top of pillars in Egypt, etc. praying for the End of Times and the Apocalypse! Which didn’t happen, just barbarian invasions. They did get rid of civilization and Rome was in ruins and we call the period of time in Europe when Christianity triumphed ‘The DARK Ages’.
Sanitation systems at the level of ancient Rome didn’t come back until the mid-19th century, for example. The Church has always loved talking about severe poverty and how luxury such has having a fireplace or solid walls was evil while at the same time, eating luxury foods and living in substantial palaces was the norm for church leaders who often lived in bigger palaces than kings and dukes.
The presence of a worrisome warming of the climate system. In recent decades, that the heating was accompanied by the constant rise in the sea level, and is also hard not to relate it to the increase in extreme weather events, regardless of the fact that we can not attribute a cause scientifically determined at each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to become aware of the need to change lifestyles, production and consumption, to combat this heating or, at least, the human causes that produce or accentuate. It is true that there are other factors (such as volcanism, and the variations of the orbit of the Earth, the solar cycle), but numerous scientific studies indicate that most of the global warming of recent decades is due to the large concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other) issued mainly because of human activity. Their concentrations in the atmosphere prevents the heat of sunlight reflected by the earth being dispersed in space. This is especially enhanced by the development model based on the intensive use of fossil fuels, which is at the center of the world energy system. It has also affected the increase in the practice of land-use change, mainly deforestation for agricultural purposes.
These ‘extreme weather events’ tend to happen when global COOLING happens. The Pope admits that NO ONE can SCIENTIFICALLY determine that sinful humans are causing the planet to sort of warm up although this has ceased. Indeed, the lies told by NOAA which has a miserable record for long term climate predictions, one that is nearly comical in its ineptitude, have ramped up lately in hopes that people will think that global warming is going to roast us to death even as it gets colder and colder everywhere except California.
Deforestation isn’t being caused by ‘global warming’ at all. In tropical areas it is due to overpopulation and the Pope is all for no birth control as is the Republican Party which is amusing since the GOP is against global warming ideology but for overpopulation. The Pope’s statements do mention that 24% of humans live right next to the oceans. Of the very rich, it is near 90%. Oceanfront property usually costs much more than even ten blocks inland.
Deforestation usually is caused by cutting down forests to heat homes. England has begun importing wood from Canada and the Northeast US to run electricity stations because they are now forbidden to burn much more efficient coal. This, of course, reduces the ability to absorb CO2 as trees are very good at this. Trees also produce oxygen. By forbidding the burning of coal we then must burn forests!
The Pope also worries about barbarian movements caused by climate changes. Well, virtually all the major population upheavals in history coincide with global cooling events, not warming events. When it warms up, people farm more at home, they burn less firewood to stay alive, the forests grow greater and move further north, etc. When it gets much colder, forests shrink, people cut down more trees and the growing season is shorter. The fact that this Pope disregards the dangers of global COOLING is typical.
All the global warmists refuse even as it gets colder, glaciers are growing even in the Arctic regions and the sun is less active, that cooling may be a very nasty thing looming in our future. Yes, the Pacific Ocean is still discharging heat from the solar warming cycle that peaked in 1998. But the Atlantic Ocean has switched to colder temperatures. Here is the Pope lecturing us about transportation:
There were also some investments in modali- ty of production and transportation that use less energy and require fewer raw materials, as well as mode of construction or renovation of buildings which do best- no energy efficiency. But these good practices are far from becoming general.
So, is this unethical Pope who works hard to make more global warming going to do the ethical thing? That is, WALK EVERYWHERE or ride a white mule? Yes, in the past Pope rode white mules because they were supposed to be humble and ethical and not ride war horses. But that was all for show, of course. The Pope could use a walking staff and carry a begging bowl and walk around Europe with a ‘repent your sins we are all going to roast to death’ sign hanging around his neck. Then I will be impressed. This would mean he is serious about global warming.
Popemobile going past the gigantic White House where Obama lives in luxury while telling us we are all going to die of too much warm weather. The Pope got over to the White House with his Popemobile by FLYING both over here on a group of private jets along with his private guards, etc. I love how these ethical lunatics love to lecture us about how to live. I want to live like them, they would die of horror if they had to live like me. Want to chop a couple of cords of firewood, guys? And then shovel snow for a few hours a day? Welcome to my world!
And the far left is hammering away at the global warming business because they think this is a great way to have a revolution whereby the poor take over like in China after WWII and then do various Great Leaps Forward which kill and starve millions and millions of people: Reversing Climate Change: What Will It Take? » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
Faced with the nightmare of climate change, advocates of climate protection are pulled in two contradictory directions. One is to advocate “politically realistic,” increasingly incremental changes, cheering as victories policies that mean devastation for life on the planet. The U.S.–China climate deal and the Obama EPA carbon rule are recent cases in point. This is like incremental reduction in speed for a car that is hurtling toward a cliff; unless the brakes are jammed on, the car will go over the cliff any- way. The other tendency is to identify capital- ism as the cause of climate change and argue that climate change requires a revolution to eliminate capitalism. Whether or not that is a desirable goal, it is difficult to imagine world- wide revolution occurring within a time frame that will forestall utter climate devastation. Nor does there appear to be an abundance of plausible conceptions of how such a revolution might occur or how a post-revolutionary regime might create a climate-safe economy…
This ‘climate-safe economy’ is North Korea. Not suburbia. Leftists hate suburbia. They hate rural people, too. Of course, if society collapses it is the cities that fall apart the worst. History is quite clear about this! Especially if, like ancient Rome, the cities are full of non-working adults who want bread and circuses while the country folk and slaves do all the work. After Rome fell, people spread across the countryside and lived in much smaller towns. In some communities, the local games arena become the city walls and everyone lived in Tiny Houses inside.
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