Contrary to the claims made in Laudato Si’, burning fossil fuels is beneficial where the CO2 emitted by fossil-fueled power plants promotes plant growth, increases food production, and increases the water-use efficiency and drought resistance of plants.
Statements made by Pope Francis and others in a documentary about the climate lack scientific basis and reflect an interpretation of humankind’s relationship with nature that is closer to that of a pagan than of a Catholic. In short, Pope Francis’s pronouncements should not be followed.
What is wrong with Pope Francis’s claims? For starters, while the climate is dynamic, there is no climate crisis.
As noted by Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace who left the organization after its adoption of an anti-human world view: “The climate of planet Earth has never stopped changing since the Earth’s genesis, sometimes relatively rapidly, sometimes very slowly, but always surely. Hoping for a ‘perfect stable climate’ is as futile as hoping the weather will be the same and pleasant, every day of the year, forever.”
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