Global warming policies are the real threat to the world's most vulnerable people
Pope on wrong side of history on climate change
Press Release From:
, Executive Director of the -based International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC).
|Palm oil: Future biofuel or ecological disaster?|
Dr. , earth sciences professor, gives an example.
"By promoting the idea that carbon dioxide (CO) emissions must be reduced to prevent dangerous climate change, climate activists encourage the expanded use of biofuels. The result is that, in 2011, 6.5% of the world's grain went to producing fuel instead of food, contributing to food price spikes that are a disaster for the world's poorest people."
"Biofuels need enormous amounts of fertilizer which ends up in streams and eventually the ocean where it promotes the growth of microorganisms such as algae. This depletes oxygen resulting large 'dead zones' in which no amphibians or fish can survive."
"The demand for biofuels also causes serious problems for indigenous land owners in developing nations."Clark continued, pointing to a open letter to the European Parliament from 197 civil society organisations from , , and which asserted:
"The destruction of forests and fertile agricultural land to make way for oil palm plantations is jeopardising the food sovereignty and cultural integrity of entire communities who depend on the land as their source of food and livelihoods."Clark added:
"Providing palm oil for biodiesel, again largely driven by the climate scare, had led to the replacement of virgin forests with monoculture plantations, greatly reducing biodiversity over vast regions. Pope Francis should do nothing to encourage these violations of social justice and environmental protection."
"The international focus on reducing CO emissions makes it more difficult for developing countries to finance the construction of vitally-needed power plants. For example, was able to secure a loan in 2010 to build the Medupi coal-fired power station only because developing nation representatives on the World Bank board voted for approval. The U.S. and four European nation members abstained from approval because of their worries about climate change. They seemed to want South Africans to use wind and solar power instead, sources too expensive for widespread use even in the wealthiest nations."Leyland concluded,:
"Rather than hypothetical future climate change, the Pope should help focus the world's attention on the millions of Africans who suffer severe respiratory illnesses and extreme poverty because they lack an electricity supply – a supply that could be easily obtained from their fossil fuel reserves that rich people in Western countries don't want them to use."Strategic Advisor and ICSC Founding Chairman Terry Dunleavy of explains yet another unintended consequence of the climate scare.
"Because of the nonsensical belief that humans control climate as if we had a global thermostat, only about 7% of the almost spent daily across the world on climate finance is dedicated to helping vulnerable people cope with climate change today. The remainder is spent trying to stop phenomena that might someday happen. This is immoral, in effect valuing the lives of people yet to be born more than those in need today."
"Because he has been misinformed by his scientific advisors, the Pope supports the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy. Such an action would work directly against the Church's social justice and environmental concerns, especially when one considers the impact of the hundreds of thousands of industrial wind turbines (IWTs) that are being constructed worldwide."
"The American Bird Conservancy estimates that by 2030 well over 1 million birds, including endangered species such as eagles and hawks, will be killed in each year by wind turbines. Ornithological Society estimates that the 18,000 wind turbines in that country could be killing six million or more birds and bats every year."
"Without subsidies, the real cost of electricity from wind power is about three to four times that of a modern coal-fired electricity station. Denying poorer nations the means to construct environmentally-friendly and cost efficient coal-fired power stations precludes their development and reinforces the economic subjugation of their most vulnerable citizens. Why would Pope Francis support burdening the poorest people in the world with such discriminatory policies and heavy financial loads?"