Catholic leaders unveil 10-point climate action list ahead of UN summit

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias, center front, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, signs the climate change appeal on Oct. 26, 2015 at the Vatican. Photo courtesy of CIDSE

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, center front, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, signs the climate change appeal on Oct. 26, 2015 at the Vatican. Photo courtesy of CIDSE

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic leaders called for “a fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement” ahead of next month's U.N. climate change conference.

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  • Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick

    This is a scandal.

    First of all, the globe is not warming. According to the satellite data, the earth has just entered its 21st year with NO WARMING.

    Second: The bishops make themselves ridiculous by calling carbon dioxide a “toxic gas.” This “toxic gas” is PLANT FOOD. Without this “toxic gas,” there would be not one living thing on earth. Some “toxic” gas that is.

    Third, even partially (let alone totally) “decarbonising” the world’s economy will, according to Lord Christopher Monckton, KILL about 100,000,000 people annually– a billion people DEAD by 2025, through heat, cold, and starvation.

    Fourth, ELIMINATING the human race will not reduce the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by more than a negligible, inconsequential amount.

    Fifth, the most powerful “greenhouse gas” would remain: WATER VAPOR. Try banning water vapor.

    These bishops are fools. Dupes. And public menaces.

  • Fr. Ftizpatrick: Please double check your facts. They are all wrong. You’ve misstated satalite data. Too much CO2 heats up the earth as it has done at least 5 times during earth’s history. Water helps plants grow too–try overwatering your plants. Some plants grow better with increased CO2, others do not, but most all do worse when it heats above 90 degrees when photosynthesis starts to shut down. Monckton has been widely debunked. Decarbonization will not harm the world economy — wind and solar contracts to produce electricity are now being signed for under 5 and 4 cents a kWh, so coal, nuclear and natural gas cannot compete. The water vapor and inconsequential amount of CO2 reduction arguments of climate deniers have been widely debunked. See http://www.realclimate.org for comment by real climate scientists. In order to call the Bishops fools, you have to include 97% of climate scientists, leaders of all major religions.