Now that the Green Encyclical is about to be released, a good question to ask is why is the Pope doing this? The answer is obvious and disheartening. The Pope, with a few notable exceptions, most significantly in regard to abortion, shares the prejudices of most left of center educated people in the West. For them the environment is the cause of causes, and they embrace it with a religious devotion. The added bonus of course is that global warming, or climate change, or whatever name the scam goes under, is an excellent excuse for more government. For the left of center the answer to virtually any problem is to scream for more government. Our Pope has a naïve faith in government and a distaste for free enterprise. This is not unusual when one considers his background. Argentina is largely an economic basket case because its political class has overwhelmingly embraced heavy government intervention in the economy, that has led to stagnant growth, crony capitalism and immense corruption, all in a country that is blessed with natural resources that should largely ensure prosperity. Thus we have the Green Encyclical which seeks to make the globe Argentina writ large.
John Hinderaker at Powerline points out that the Encyclical is as wrong in its premises as it is in its conclusions:
First, the Pope has no idea what he is talking about. His letter is full of factual errors. For example:
Scientific consensus exists indicating firmly that we are in the presence of a worrisome warming of the climate system.
This is false. There has been no net global warming for something like 18 years, according to satellite data, the most reliable that we have.
In recent decades, that the heating was accompanied by the constant rise in the sea level….
Sea level has been rising for approximately 12,000 years, first dramatically as the Earth warmed rapidly at the end of the last Ice Age, and much more slowly in recent millennia. Currently, the rate of rise of sea level is not increasing.
…and is also hard not to relate it to the increase in extreme weather events, regardless of the fact that we can not attribute a cause scientifically determined to each particular phenomenon.
Wrong again. Extreme weather events are not increasing. This isn’t an opinion, it is a fact: there is no plausible empirical claim to the contrary. In fact, for what it is worth, the climate models that are the sole basis for warming hysteria predict fewer extreme weather events, not more, because the temperature differential between the equator and the poles will diminish.
It is true that there are other factors (such as volcanism, and the variations of the orbit of the Earth, the solar cycle), but numerous scientific studies indicate that most of the global warming of recent decades is due to the large concentration of greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and other) issued mainly because of human activity.
Putting aside the fact that there hasn’t been any net warming during the last two decades, this is precisely the issue that is the subject of intense scientific debate–a debate that, it becomes increasingly clear, the realists are winning. For the Pope to wade into this controversy would be nearly inexplicable, absent some overriding motive.
That motive is, apparently, hostility toward free enterprise and the prosperity that it creates. Francis has manifested such hostility in previous statements, and it comes through again in his anti-global warming letter. Francis sounds like just another leftist: the solution to global warming is more state control to dictate how people live, and new international organizations to direct vast transfers of wealth and power.
Go here to read the rest. The danger to Catholicism from all this rubbish is that the Faith will be tainted for decades by this attempt by a Pope to write into the Faith his antipathy to free markets and his desire for more government that will inevitably slow economic development in a world that cries out for it. Pope Francis has a special fondness for the poor, and that is good because his policies, if embraced by governments, will inevitably make more of them.