Judging from one of the three designated presenters at the rollout of the Green Encyclical on June 18, the Encyclical appears likely to be worse than critics feared. Rorate Caeli gives us the details:
The Vatican has just revealed in today’s Bollettino the line-up of speakers for the official presentation of the “Environment Encyclical”, Laudato Si, on June 18 at the New Synod Hall.
– Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace;
– His Eminence Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon, representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Orthodox Church;
– Prof. John Schellnhuber, Founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
A scientist known for his aggressive stance on climate policy made an apocalyptic prediction on Thursday.
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said that if the buildup of greenhouse gases and its consequences pushed global temperatures 9 degrees Fahrenheit higher than today — well below the upper temperature range that scientists project could occur from global warming — Earth’s population would be devastated.
“In a very cynical way, it’s a triumph for science because at last we have stabilized something –- namely the estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet, namely below 1 billion people,” said Dr. Schellnhuber, who has advised German Chancellor Angela Merkel on climate policy and is a visiting professor at Oxford.
At that temperature, there would be “no fluctuations anymore, we can be fairly sure,” said Dr. Schellnhuber, exercising his characteristically dark sense of humor at the morning plenary session on the closing day of an international climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Four degrees of warming would be hotter than any time in the last 30 million years, and it could happen as soon as 2060 to 2070.
“Political reality must be grounded in physical reality or it’s completely useless,” John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told the conference.
Schellnhuber recently briefed U.S. officials from the Barack Obama administration, but he says they chided him that his findings were “not grounded in political reality” and that “the [U.S.] Senate will never agree to this”.
He had told them that the U.S. must reduce its emissions from its current 20 tonnes of carbon per person average to zero tonnes per person by 2020 to have an even chance of stabilising the climate around two degrees C.
China’s emissions must peak by 2020 and then go to zero by 2035 based on the current science, he added.
“Policymakers who agreed to a two-degree C goal at the G20 summit easily fool themselves about what emission cuts are needed,” Schellnhuber said.
(See also: Roll back time to safeguard climate, expert warns.)
Go here to read the rest. The bleakly humorous aspect of all this is that the Catholic higher clergy, by and large, have been doing a lousy job in areas where they purportedly have expertise for the past half century: the Faith is moribund in Europe, in South America the Church is being bled by the rapid progress of Evangelicals and the problems of the Church in the US are too well known to readers of TAC to need reciting here. The fecklessness with which the Church has been governed allowed an influx of homosexual priests who have done great harm to the Church during the pedophile scandal, often aided and abetted by bishops who looked the other way. Catechesis has been a disastrous failure, and generations of Catholics are now bone ignorant of the Faith. In short, the higher clergy have not been doing a good job in areas where we expect them to have expertise and know what they are talking about. With this type of appalling track record since Vatican II, why should we have an ounce of trust when they decide to pronounce in areas, like climatology, where they clearly have no expertise? Clerics today seem to be indifferent to the fact that they are not doing the jobs they are paid to do, and eagerly climb on political bandwagons, usually leftist in nature, perhaps to attempt to conceal the fact that they are incompetent or worse when it comes to doing the tasks they have sworn to dedicate their lives to performing.