Quick, Someone Tell the Pope

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“A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system. In recent decades, this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events, even if a scientifically determinable cause cannot be assigned to each particular phenomenon. Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it.”

Pope Francis, Laudato Si



Well, apparently scientists, contrary to the claims of advocates of the global warming scam, are not in lock step behind this hoax:


It is becoming clear that not only do many scientists dispute the asserted global warming crisis, but these skeptical scientists may indeed form a scientific consensus.

Don’t look now, but maybe a scientific consensus exists concerning global warming after all. Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.

The survey results show geoscientists (also known as earth scientists) and engineers hold similar views as meteorologists. Two recent surveys of meteorologists (summarized here and here) revealed similar skepticism of alarmist global warming claims.

According to the newly published survey of geoscientists and engineers, merely 36 percent of respondents fit the “Comply with Kyoto” model. The scientists in this group “express the strong belief that climate change is happening, that it is not a normal cycle of nature, and humans are the main or central cause.”

The authors of the survey report, however, note that the overwhelming majority of scientists fall within four other models, each of which is skeptical of alarmist global warming claims.

The survey finds that 24 percent of the scientist respondents fit the “Nature Is Overwhelming” model. “In their diagnostic framing, they believe that changes to the climate are natural, normal cycles of the Earth.” Moreover, “they strongly disagree that climate change poses any significant public risk and see no impact on their personal lives.”

Another group of scientists fit the “Fatalists” model. These scientists, comprising 17 percent of the respondents, “diagnose climate change as both human- and naturally caused. ‘Fatalists’ consider climate change to be a smaller public risk with little impact on their personal life. They are skeptical that the scientific debate is settled regarding the IPCC modeling.” These scientists are likely to ask, “How can anyone take action if research is biased?”

Go here to read the rest.  When a Pope bases an encyclical on junk science, he produces a junk encyclical, at least insofar as its conclusions and recommendations emanate from the junk science.  This is why wise Popes do not intervene in scientific matters that are subject to dispute.

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  1. For me, another worrisome thing is CCC 841, the Muslims adoring the same god (God) as we do. I agree that Muslims play a role as part of salvation history, but not in the cheery way the Catechism hints. It’s clearly bunk, to me at least. What does this kind of thing mean for the Catechism? How much is bunk?

  2. DJH: When God promised a Redeemer in the Garden of Eden, God revealed Himself as a Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Allah has no son to love nor to love him.
    In the matter of global warming, even if it were true; (some scientists say that the Antarctic cap grows in proportion to the Arctic cap shrinking) betraying America’s sovereignty to a one world, godless government is treason. When Obama acts outside of our Constitution, Obama does not represent his constituents and so, Obama self-impeaches himself.
    People as pollution is another form of the hoax of overpopulation, denial of the metaphysical human soul, the imposition of atheism on the whole world and acknowledging the devil as the Prince of the world instead of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.

  3. DJH- I think of it this way; I’ve had people talk about me and get it wrong in every single detail, including my name, sex and marital status.
    They were still talking about me, they were just wrong.

  4. DJH: Thank you for pointing out CCC 841. I threw out my copy of the CCC. All the CCC I need is the 1959 Baltimore Catechism.
    Anyhow, I needed the space in the bookshelf for something useful: that would include anything north of simple smut.
    Whoever wrote that BS in CCC 841: Dulce Muslimensis inexpertis.

  5. I have some real problems with the original study and with the Forbes article about it. It’s a peer-reviewed journal, but a journal of organization studies, a social science. It’s a bit deceptive labeling its analysis as peer-reviewed. From the looks of it, the people who were surveyed weren’t ordinary geoscientists but employees in the oil industry, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a bias against AGW among them. Only the 36% in the “Comply with Kyoto” group were identified with the belief in AGW, but three of the other four groups considered global warming to have natural and man-made causes. It would be just as fair to say that only 24% of those surveyed didn’t believe in AGW.

  6. Yes, of course, the entire climate change business is a hoax and nothing but a political power play. And the involvement of Pope Francis in quite simply embarrassing, if not ridiculous. But the truly troubling thing about Pope Francis’, beyond his meddlesome intrusion into meteorological matters where he has no competence, is his quixotic involvement in Catholic doctrine where he is supposed to have some expertise but most unfortunately doesn’t. Conclusion: Pope Francis is failing us on both the earthly and the heavenly. 2015 is the year all of this became clear. Let us pray 2016 will be better.

  7. Michael, you make some points, but let’s not forget those many cardinals, bishops, and clergy who enable all this. They too often appear to be among the crowd shouting out to “give us Barabbas.”

  8. The tyrannical powers given to the EPA under Ted Kennedy’s Clean Air & Water Act are the stuff of Communist dictator’s dreams. It is simply unbelievable what they do to people & what they want to do to people…confiscation of thousands of acres of land, bankrupting private individuals & businesses, regulating dust from the farming of fields, regulating the mud puddles in our yards, etc. Climate change bunk is just another tool of big govt to control peoples’ lives & take their assets from them. I’m sure there are some true believers, however like governmental power grabs, I believe most folks are in it for the profits they receive.

  9. We live under dictatorship disguised as a democracy. Constitution and laws only apply to political enemies. I hadn’t known that Bill Cosby is an enemy of the state. By Clinton gang rules, he and later his wife should be running for President.

    When confronted with the facts, I.e., this is the weakest recovery since the Great Depression, the lying liars shriek , “Bush had so severely wrecked the economy.” Unadulterated baloney! Beginning with the war on coal , skyrocketing electric bills, wasteful subsidies for green energy boondoggles, Dodd-Frank (that was like Hitler writing holocaust survivors’ relief aid program), Fed bailing out Wall Street/ignoring Main Street, Obamacare . . . nearly everything these nihilists have done has been detrimental to private sector economic growth.

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