Vatican Compares Trump To Flat Earthers Over Climate Change
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 22:05
President Donald Trump's exit from the Paris accord on combating climate change drew criticism from a Vatican official. "We invited the candidate who cites the pope most in the campaign, and that is Senator Bernie Sanders", explained Sorondo, who added that Sanders's agenda is "very analogous to that of the pope".
A withdrawal "would not only be a disaster but completely unscientific", said Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which has hosted numerous global conferences on climate change.
He noted, moreover, that while Mr. Trump considers it necessary to work for a new accord more favorable to US interests, others like France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, said there would be no new accord. "It neither makes nor breaks the Paris accord", the official, who asked to remain anonymous since he was not authorized to speak, told America the day after the president announced his decision.
"When large countries like the USA deny the reality of the climate crisis, and pull out of commitments holding us accountable for doing our part to curb global temperature rise, we are turning our backs on the poor and vulnerable, which goes directly against our Franciscan-Christian values".
The U.S. committed to reducing its own by 26 to 28 per cent, compared with 2005 levels, by 2025. "I believe that oil lobbyists are behind this decision". US President Donald Trump met Pope Francis at the Vatican today in a keenly-anticipated first face-to-face encounter between two world leaders who have clashed repeatedly on several issues.
Canada, the European Union and China have said they will honor their commitments to the pact if the United States withdraws. The encyclical gives an empirical overview of the pope's belief that human activity is to blame for the world's environmental crisis. He didn't disappoint yesterday, allowing himself a series of demagogic remarks at Trump's expense in anticipation of a US pull-out from the Paris climate accord. The result has grave implications.
According to Reuters, "Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged Trump in a separate meeting not to quit the Paris accord".