EcoLinks 06.23.15
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EcoLinks 06.23.15

Concerning the “Ecological” Path to Salvation
James V. Schall, S.J., The Catholic World Report

Whether or not we need church leaders also “believing” this ecological doctrine is probably not so clear. Still, the most problematic issue that Pope Francis’ earth-warming advocacy brings up is its scientific status. At best, it is opinion backed by some evidence. The document does not mention contrary evidence. Satellite readings of the planet’s temperature are different from UN computer generated statistics. The planet’s temperature has not changed in recent decades. Most of the controverted issues can plausibly be explained by natural causes. Climate changes have occurred on this planet since its beginning, long before man. The burning of fossil fuels does not produce any significant change in the already very low percentage (0.035%) of CO2 in the atmosphere.

Energy Realities And Big Data Complicate The Pope’s Call To Abandon Fossil Fuels
Mark P. Mills, Forbes

In Encyclicals, Popes quite properly speak from foundational religious and moral principles. I plan to speak about energy, hydrocarbons in particular, but from the perspective of foundational physics and economic principles. These are two different magisteria.

Being Stewards – Not Owners – of Our Environment
Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, Huffington Post

Business is a human enterprise and must strive for true human development and the common good. In the years ahead, the challenges will be large. How can we develop technologies that will move us to a zero-carbon economy? How can we boost living standards of the developing world in a sustainable way? How can we make sure all have access to nutrition, energy, healthcare and education?

The Left and Right Try to Lobby Pope Francis Months Ahead of U.S. Visit
Melinda Henneberger, Bloomberg

Previous popes spoke about the environment, too–to the point that Benedict was even called the “green pope”–but American conservatives remained unfazed because the overall emphasis on social issues was still to their liking. With Francis, that’s no longer the case.

US bishops say Pope Francis’ encyclical is a call to examine lifestyle choices
National Catholic Reporter

The church is not interested in settling scientific questions or replacing politics, said Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski. “But she does, however, wish to contribute to the conversation and offer a road map based on a correct anthropology or understanding of human dignity that includes the poor and excludes no one.”

Exegesis of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Call for Action on Climate Change
Dr. John Adey, The Guardian

Thankfully, religious leaders are now speaking out. The pope has written in his encyclical of the urgent need to reduce climate change gases. On 17 June the Lambeth Declaration on Climate Change – signed by representatives of the Church of England, Muslims, Sikhs, the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Methodist Conference and Jewish communities – spoke of the same urgent need for action.

Pope Francis’s Climate-Change Encyclical will Launch a Revolution
Paul Farrell,

Translated bluntly, stripped of all the euphemisms and his charm, that is the loud-and-clear message of Pope Francis’ historic encyclical released Thursday. Pope Francis has a grand mission here on Earth, and he gives no quarter, hammering home a very simple message with no wiggle room for compromise of his principles: ‘If we destroy God’s Creation, it will destroy us,” our human civilization here on Planet Earth.

Pope Francis Climate Change Encyclical: Sunday Church Sermons Quiet On The Environment, Despite Pontiff’s ‘Urgent’ Call
Lora Moftah, International Business Times

Pope Francis may have emphasized the urgency of his appeal on climate change after the release of a much-anticipated encyclical on the subject last week but it’s not clear that this message has been echoing from pulpits in churches across the world just yet. Few priests or bishops outside of parts of Latin America addressed the pope’s environmental call or the contents of his landmark document in Sunday church sermons this week, the New York Times reported.

Greens senator Larissa Waters attacked after invoking Pope on climate change – as it happened
Katharine Murphy, The Guardian Australia

Larissa Waters drew the ire of National party senators in question time when she asked whether Tony Abbott – as a committed Catholic – would support the pope’s encyclical on climate change. Waters was called a “bloody bigot” and asked whether she was married. George Brandis called her question disgusting.

Pope Francis and Climate Change: Hyperbole, Hysteria or Hope?
Environmental Leader

Pope Francis is calling for nothing less than new world order to tackle climate change. He has effectively translated age-old religious principles into a modern day vernacular, marrying the imperative for sustainability with spiritual morality.

Religious leaders back Pope’s call for climate change action
Michael Kenny, World News Radio

Representatives of five different religious faiths in Australia have backed calls from Pope Francis for urgent action on climate change. In an encyclical released last week, the pontiff has called for fresh policies to reduce fossil fuels and to develop renewable energy. The Australian religious leaders have now taken that same message to Parliament House in Canberra, calling on the federal government to take stronger action to curb carbon emissions.

Climate encyclical gets nods from many North Jersey Catholics
Richard Cowen,

“The pope is not only a church leader, he’s a world leader,” said Anthony Villano, a science teacher who attended Mass with his wife and son at the Church of St. Anne in Fair Lawn. “He’s recognizing the moral imperative.”

Papal Encyclical’s Injunctions on Abortion, Gender Censored on Hispanic
MRC Lation Staff and Katie Yoder, Media Research Center

While the climate change content in Pope Francis’s new encyclical has been heavily covered by Univision, Telemundo and MundoFox, other core teachings in the encyclical, on such bedrock issues as abortion and gender, continue to be entirely ignored by these networks.

Bruce Edward Walker

has more than 30 years’ writing and editing experience in a variety of publishing areas, including reference books, newspapers, magazines, media relations and corporate speeches. Much of this material involved research on water rights, land use, alternative-technology vehicles and other environmental issues, but Walker has also written extensively on nonscientific subjects, having produced six titles in Wiley Publishing’s CliffsNotes series, including study guides for "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest." He has also authored more than 100 critical biographies of authors and musicians for Gale Research's Contemporary Literary Criticism and Contemporary Musicians reference-book series. He was managing editor of The Heartland Institute's InfoTech & Telecom News from 2010-2012. Prior to that, he was manager of communications for the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network. He also served from 2006-2011 as editor of Michigan Science, a quarterly Mackinac Center publication. Walker has served as an adjunct professor of literature and academic writing at University of Detroit Mercy. For the past five years, he has authored a weekly column for the mid-Michigan Morning Sun newspaper. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University. He is the father of two daughters and currently lives in Flint, Mich., with his wife Katherine.