Pope Francis on Energy & Oil



Noted bishops call for total nuclear shutdown in Japan

In the first visit to Japan by a pontiff in 38 years, Pope Francis edged close to calling for the renunciation of all nuclear power in a country that experienced the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl but has yet to determine a viable alternative for its energy needs. Francis noted that the Catholic bishops of Japan had called for the shutdown of all nuclear plants in Japan after the 2011 disaster, in which waves from the tsunami overpowered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Source: San Juan Daily Star on Pope's visit to Japan , Nov 26, 2019

Future of humanity is at stake with climate change

Pope Francis said Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement to curb climate change caused him "a bit of pain because the future of humanity is at stake". The pope said he hoped Trump would re-think his position.
Source: Reuters on 2018 Trump Administration , Jun 20, 2018

Climate change is a critical problem that must be addressed

The pope believes that man-made climate change is a critical problem that must be addressed by world leaders. Trump, on the other hand, has called climate change a hoax created by the Chinese, and wants to back out of the Paris climate accords.

Europeans seem to fall more in the pope's school of opinion. Indeed, when Trump arrived in Rome, he was greeted with an illuminated message blazoned across the dome of St. Peter's Basilica by environmental activists that read "Planet Earth First."

Source: Vox.com on 2020 Presidential Hopefuls, "Trump-Pope Meeting" , May 24, 2017

Take forceful steps to reduce greenhouse gases

Pope Francis is˙not the first pontiff to insist˙that caring for the environment is a responsibility of every Christian. But he has been the most forceful, mincing no words in his often harsh and anguished calls for urgent action. Earlier this year, he issued the˙first-ever papal encyclical on the environment. The document made clear he intends to use the power of the papacy, magnified by his immense popular appeal, to press the world's political leaders to take forceful steps to reduce greenhouse gases. Here are some of the pope's strongest statements on the environment:
Source: National Geographic, "Pope's statements on Environment" , Sep 20, 2015

Calls for aggressive climate change action

Source: Washington Post coverage of Pope Francis' 2015 U.S. visit , Sep 19, 2015

Global warming results from human activity

Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment,˙released Thursday, said, "The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology, is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth's goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit. Yet all is not lost. Human beings are capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start."

"A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system, due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity.

The encyclical continued, "Nobody is suggesting a return to the Stone Age, but we do need to slow down and look at reality in a different way. "We need to reject a magical conception of the market, which would suggest that the problems can be solved simply by an increase in the profits of companies or individuals."

Source: CNN.com, "Papal Encyclical on the Environment" , Jun 18, 2015

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