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December 12, 2007
Pope Benedict Calls Out Warming Fanatics
His predecessor was something of an agnostic on global warming, seeing the problem in human, not economic terms. But Pope Benedict has taken an entirely different approach, calling out the fanatics who have substituted ideology for science in the search for answers on climate change:
The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering. This is perfectly in keeping with the Pope's rationalist thinking on a variety of matters including interfaith dialogues and Christian-Muslim confrontation. He wants to get beyond the ideology to discover the core of the issue. And while many will criticize his stand as "anti-science," the Pope is in fact coming down four square in favor of a scientific exploration of the subject - an examination that will take into account the apostates who challenge the orthodoxy of the political aspects of the global warming movement around the world.
The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.
His remarks will be made in his annual message for World Peace Day on January 1, but they were released as delegates from all over the world convened on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for UN climate change talks.
The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind.
That, of course, is true science - not the jiggered conclusions of researchers who are afraid to confront dissenters and defend their work as any good scientist would be eager to do. This is what the pope is calling for. And it's about time a world leader stood up to the Luddites, the antiglobalists, the Sustainable Growth freaks, and other UN funded NGO's who have been driving the global warming debate over the cliff these many years.