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Pope Francis Slams ’Stupid’ Climate Change Deniers

Al Jazeera
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September 12, 2017
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Why you shouldn't trust climate change deniers: As the list of scientists who agree man-made climate change is real continues to grow, there’s still a small, but vocal group who deny the phenomenon (Al Jazeera English)

Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change deniers as "stupid" in the wake of a spate of powerful hurricanes that have wreaked havoc in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

"Those who deny it [climate change] should go to the scientists and ask them," the pontiff said on Monday during an in-flight press conference on the return leg of a five-day Colombia trip. "They speak very clearly."

As his charter plane flew over some of the recently devastated areas en route to Rome, Francis added: "I am reminded of a phrase from the Old Testament, I think from the Psalm: 'Man is stupid, he is stubborn and he does not see.'"

The pope's comments came as Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, caused widespread destruction across the French Caribbean islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the US state of Florida. At least 38 people have been killed so far from the Category 5 superstorm.

... Francis is one of the world's most high-profile campaigners on environmental issues, actively supporting efforts to combat climate change and its consequences.

He said individuals and politicians had a "moral responsibility" to act on advice from scientists, who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of "catastrophic" warming.

"These aren't opinions pulled out of thin air," he said. "They are very clear. They [world leaders] decide and history will judge those decisions."

Read the rest at Al Jazeera

Related: Hurricane Irma Was a Nothingburger, Says Pastor Who Prayed Over Trump at White House (Newsweek)

Related: Climate Change Could Destroy 88 Percent of Latin America's Coffee-Growing Regions By 2050 (NPR)

Related: Hurricane Irma’s Devastation Could Be Much More Severe Than We Think, Scientists Say (Mic)

Related: The Pope Can’t Stop Roasting Donald Trump (VICE News)


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