Trump’sdecision to pull out of the Paris agreement has attracted scathing comments from world leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, and pretty much everyone who doesnt want to do terrible damage to our planet.
The decision has even drawn the wrath of the Vatican, which Trumpvisited just last week. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, made his critical remarks known in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.
Thinking that we need and must rely on coal and oil is like claiming that the Earth is not round. Its an absurdity brought forward only to make money, Sanchez Sorondo stated.I believe that oil lobbyists are behind this decision. They are pushing for it. Big oil is pulling Trump’s strings and he cant oppose them, although this doesnt mean he wants to.
In his state visit to the Vatican, Pope Francis gifted Trump a copy of his encyclicalon climate change, which he wrote himself. Trump also discussed climate change with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State for the Vatican. Trump promised to think about hisdiscussion with the Bishop of Rome, but clearly he didnt think hard enough.
Bishop Sanchez Sorondo describes the decision as a huge slap in the face for the Vatican. The Bishop stressed how the decision goes against basic scientific facts. He described Trump’s vision of climate change as not only a calamity but also completely anti-science. Its a disaster for everyone.
This is not the first time that Republican politicians have foundthemselves at odds with the Argentinian Pope. During Pope Francis’ official visit to the United States in 2015, prominent members of the GOP criticized the Pope for hisdefense of the environment. Rick Santorum famously told the Pope to leave the science to scientists.
This is tragically ignorant for two reasons. First, theres an overwhelming consensus among scientists that climate change is real, we are the cause, and we are running out of time to do something about it. Second, Pope Francis is a certified chemical technician and worked in a chemical lab before entering the seminar.[H/T: La Repubblica]