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Did I mention that we have a fake Pope? He needs to stay in his church and worry about souls and not try to be a SJW.
This fake Pope is a Marxist nut job with zero credibility. Nobody listens to his distorted and incorrect views on so-called climate change. Heck, meteorologists cannot project the weather for more than a week in advance, what makes them think that they can develop a computer model that projects out to a hundred years into the future? The reality is that climate science is not a finished science. There are too many probabilistic variables. Man may have some contribution, but, currently, this degree of contribution is indeterminate. Anyone who tells you otherwise is using the climate argument to further their political agenda.
By the way, if the CO2 levels get any lower all plant life would die on planet earth. Even a gender fluid leftist can't change their need to breath the oxygen generated by plant life.
While it's evident that oil company executives are trying to work out what, if any, future their industry has in the years ahead it is rather implausible to imagine they are tremendously interested in the opinions of (a) an academic whose work has succumbed to personal obsession, and (b) a professional virgin whose grasp of economics is at best highly tenuous.
Why, then, are these oil industry executives willing to spend time that could productively be used in other ways, meeting at the Vatican?
Could it be that the Vatican has, at some point during its long and unsavory history, acquired an interest in land that has beneath it either gas, oil, or shale sands? Could it be that the mutual interests of the oil industry ("we need more recoverable reserves") and the Vatican ("we need new sources of income as we continue to pay the costs of centuries of child-abuse") now nicely coincide?
What we can be sure of it that this meeting has nothing whatsoever to do with morality as commonly defined.
It's hypocritical to accuse oil companies for causing global warming. It's not the oil companies who burn the hydrocarbons, they merely provide supply to those who do. Anybody using energy derived from coal, oil or gas for heating, cooling or driving is at least as "guilty" as a shareholder of Royal Dutch.
Especially Mr. Sachs should be intelligent enough to avoid that stupid blame game, and promote instead something which works, like a global carbon tax.
SR, I could be wrong. My understanding is Sachs proposes climate action should be taken out of politicians' hands. This is not the same as blaming the oil business for climate change.
I think the idea is first, recognize the problem is real (instead of saying the whole thing is a hoax); second, each individual user of fossil fuel turns to alternative energy.
All changes start small. Took several hundred years for the Roman Catholic Church to reckon Galileo was right about the relationship in the cosmos between the Sun and the Earth, and that after they had put the old man to the torture of the rack and forced him to retract his words.
Look now at what Pope Francis, a proponent of alternative energy, has to endure, in some cases, by folks in his own flock.
sorry, I meant "... from folks..."
Besides making the Church richer, selling indulgences also made the poor poorer.
It’s not much different with today’s televangelist hucksters in particular.
To the surprise of almost everyone, new science makes possible the rapid replacement of fossil fuels. Ambient heat, a huge untapped reservoir of solar energy, can now be used to generate electricity. This resource is larger than ll earths's fossil fuel reserves. See aesopinstitute.org
Piston engines and turbines can run on ambient heat. A Ford engine was converted to prove the principle. A Kia engine is next by the same inventor. Once completed it will go to a State test facility in Alaska for certification. A Russian inventor has prototyped turbines, which also utilize atmospheric pressure. His work has now been stopped by the Russian government as it undermines the economy dependent on oil & gas. For his work see FUEL FREE TURBINES as aesopinstitute.org
Trolls attack as the science bends the Second Law of Thermodynamics which has become dogma. However, as Aerothermal engines enter the markets they will accomplish the necessary change in belief. SECOND LAW SURPRISES on the same site may be of interest to skeptics.
Another small firm has demonstrated that water - fresh or salt - can be used to replace gas and diesel in existing combustion engines. See MOVING BEYOND OIL on the site to learn more about that "impossible" achievement.
Together, these astonishing breakthroughs can rapidly replace fossil fuels at a savings for average families measured in thousands of dollars, pounds or euros. And generate an economic boom.
The Pope must only provide absolution if the Oil executives are truly sorry and atone for their misdeeds. I wouldn't like to share heaven with un-rehabilitated miscreants who will find purgatory more to their liking, if they even pass the selection.
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I hope that everyone realizes that if they drive a vehicle or ride in one, heat or cool their living accommodations, etc. dependent on energy derived from fossil fuels (petroleum, coal, etc.), they are also responsible for carbon emissions.
Here are some links to statistics regarding electric car & solar power usage:
“Electric car use by country” (Wikipedia)->> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_car_use_by_country
“…at the end of 2016, the stock of plug-in electric cars represented just a small fraction (0.15%) of the 1.4 billion motor vehicles on the world's roads.”
“Solar power by country” (Wikipedia)->> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_by_country
“By the end of 2016, cumulative photovoltaic capacity,… (is) sufficient to supply 1.8 percent of the world's total electricity consumption.”
Re analogy to purchase and sale of indulgences, not perfect in form but close in lineage. But good news is Pope Francis is, IMHO, on the right side.
Perhaps the oil executives can bring plastic green trees. After all, plastic is an oil byproduct.
I really don't understand the purpose of this meeting. Old energy companies know too well what is causing the global warming and now they want to meet with the pope discussing what? Will they try to convince the Holy Father that the situation is not that dramatic? Or are they aiming at Catholic investors who might listen to the pop's words to divest the oil companies shares?
The answer to your Q, Erasmus' article suggests, by both heading and text , in humor, which the usual hard-of-reading or pretend-hard-of-reading, cannot comprehend, is prepayment for something called "buying indulgences", a practice prevalent in earlier times in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.
The preceding sentence is verifiable information for those who are interested in the TRUTH, à la FACTS, and the deductive and inductive reasoning of both Pascal, a mathematician, and Heisenberg, a scientist, not Man-made or Cult-made "Truth".
For a frame of reference: Pope Francis is NOT cult. Pope Francis has long spoken against the impermissible degradation of environment caused by the burning of fossil fuel. The future is for non-fossil energy.
There are already many cars driving on the road as we speak that DO NOT use gasoline any more!! Electric-Recharging stations are numerous where Electric Cars are becoming the norm rather than the exception. Solar-Energy is used to power the light and heating in houses. That too is becoming more and more common, and, importantly, less costly. But of course, if one believes in knowing everything by not knowing anything, this might be a bit of "shocker", just like the Bible did not say "Use of Condom is a SIN" was a shocker to the same band of "Jesus-inspired" Godders. Jesus - the one in Heaven - weeps.
The purpose of this meeting is mainly PR , for both sides. For oil giants, among them British Petroleum, Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil ( notice we don't hear much about gas giants, and that the main anti-emmission stress, at least in Europe, is exerted on lignite and coal, while gas pipelines are being expanded). And for the Vatican, and the two men who inspired Pope Francis to write the controversial Laudato si’ encyclical, that is Joeffrey Sachs and Hans Schellnhuber - both are among the most extreme participants in the global warming debate. Even more strange - both advisors promote policies directly at odds with current RCC doctrine in other departments. Thus both sides of the meeting aim at promoting maintain/upgrade the desired image in time when G7 and Bildenberg Group meet (the latter with the participation of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican's Secretary of State, I find it somewhat amusing that Erasmus does not at least inform TE's readers about these facts ). Pope Francis - as the leader of the zero-emmissions movements and a powerful player in non-confessional matters of the world, with 1.3 billion circa followers; the oil giants as responsible businesses, determined to directly reciprocate, thus help to gradually reduce emmission. Which is what Erasmus in his rather uninformative text (even on the pure info level, not to mention an attemp at some deeper synthesis) brushes-off with a a light-hearted propagation of a misconception that buying indulgences were ever treated as getting a free pass to Heaven.
One still has an impression that there is a hidden idea behind this meeting which is close to buying indulgences. It would be interesting to know how many Protestants are there in this meeting.
Electric cars are slowly taking off but their real spreading is decades away. So maybe the pope could engage himself in this case.
"Pope Francis - as the leader of the zero-emissions movements"
This is not true. Catholic believers have a significant carbon footprint and thus the pope can influence them to at least think about it.
I guess that buying indulgences is seen critically by the today's Catholic Church but it is too late. Protestants are already here.
"Pope Francis - as the leader of the zero-emissions movements" is not the same as "The purpose of this meeting is mainly PR /.../ both sides of the meeting aim at promoting maintain/upgrade the desired image /.../ Pope Francis - as the leader of the zero-emissions movements". Sigh...
Indulgences are not seen critically by Pope Francis. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/16/vatican-indulgences-pope-f...
However, the whole issue is much more complicated than the stereotype around it, and even in the Middle Ages when selling indulgences for large sums was used by greedy and mendacious priests as a good business, they were not advertised as a free pass to paradise for someone who otherwise does not deserve it :)
You are right that the issue of indulgences is more complicated but I don't see a connection to this meeting since those companies don't want to pay anything to the Catholic Church.
Neither do I. Erasmus does, though.
Thanks for your reply, @Kremilek2.
Re: "One still has an impression there is a hidden idea behind this meeting which is close to buying indulgences. It would be interesting to know how many Protestants are there in this meeting", I think you might be onto something.
On Electric cars, they maybe slow in spreading, but then again, as in so many things, the spread is a function of demographic. Don't forget too, the charging stations are free, compared with $3.99 a gallon currently in gas stations (on West Coast) - that's $60 to fill a 15 gall0n tank!!!. There is a big enticement or inducement to switch, although granted, the initial cost of the vehicle is more. An analogy is LED light bulbs. They are expensive, many time more than incandescent bulbs. Over one single year though, you recoup the cost of the electric bill. Same with solar panel for roof of houses. In fact, solar panels aren't even that expensive any more. Cost is the thing. Consumers pay attention to cost. And we haven't mentioned yet the long term benefit to the environment.
I agree with you "Protestants are already here". Just like Protestants are "already here" with respect to celibacy of clergy.
Maybe he sees more than it is there.
I guess that what you have written is generally known. But the pope can make an appeal to his sheep to take care more of the enviroment. He could appeal to these oil companies though I don't see any sense in it.