Following Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States will pull out of the Paris Climate agreement, Pope Francis issued a major condemnation of Trump. A Vatican official called the move a “huge slap in the face” and “a disaster for everyone.”
The contrast between the Pope’s view of climate change and Trump’s could not be clearer.
Last September, Pope Francis called for a World Day of Prayer concentrated entirely on the very real threat climate change poses. Even the world’s most recognizable religious figure understands that the science clearly points to man-made global warming.
On the opposite of the spectrum, Trump denies the overwhelming evidence that our dependence on fossil fuels is ruining our planet. That’s why he took to the Rose Garden to announce that the U.S. will no longer adhere to the promises our nation made under the Paris Climate accord.
Trump’s move on this shows that his administration will do nothing to invest in renewable energy or reduce our carbon emissions. This despite the fact that the U.S. is a large, industrialized country that holds much responsibility for creating this crisis to being with.
No wonder the Vatican is upset.
“If he really does (pull out), it would be a huge slap in the face for us,” Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, said. The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has held many a conference on climate change and what we can do to reverse it.
Sorondo understands that it’s not just ignorance that led Trump to this awful decision. Big oil’s lobbying is behind this.
“Saying that we need to rely on coal and oil is like saying that the earth is not round,” Sorondo surmised. “It is an absurdity dictated by the need to make money.”
The decision to pull out of a landmark commitment on climate change was motivated by greed.
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