Topic: Climate Change

Article: 35 Of Pope Francis's Most Prophetic Statements

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Pope Francis has brought new spirit into the Church with his humble lifestyle and direct and often challenging commentary on world affairs and personal ethics.  
Barack Obama
How many of Obama's campaign promises has he kept?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter45 percent were kept and 25 percent were compromised.  Check it out.

Chris Murphy D-conn
"All but 3 percent of voters 18 to 34 believe that climate change is really happening."
His data comes from a study by a bipartisan study commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters that surveyed 600 registered voters.  Another study by Pew Research Center, an independent polling organization, surveyed a national sample of 1,504 adults age 18 or older between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, 2013 found 18% of youth still deny global warming.
Patrick Moore Fox News
Climate change skeptic Patrick Moore says Earth has 'not warmed for the last 17 years'
The first decade of the 21st century was the warmest on record and it has been warming since the 1920s, and both 2005 and 2010 were warmer than 1998.
Climate Change
PolitiFact reports on eleven recent claims about climate change
Many wild claims about global warming can harm our future.
Barack Obama
What has Obama accomplished as president? Which campaign promises were compromised? Which ones has he failed to keep?
PolitiFact has compiled more than 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the 2008 and 2012 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Obameter.
Naoim Klein, Author
Klein's new book, This Changes Everything, is a wake-up call to those who profit from damaging our earth.
Global warming, according to Klein's book, This Changes Everything, is not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. Our economic model is waging against life on earth. Our environment is loosing the battle to corporate profits.
Shelley Moore Capito WV GOP
Claims Impending EPA regulations will stop plants from burning coal.
The EPA plan to cut carbon emissions  gives states and power companies options to continue to utilize coal for energy, and experts said they expect coal to remain part of the national portfolio for years to come.
John Boehner
"The nearly six-year delay in approving Keystone is costing Americans more than 100,000 jobs."
He was citing a study that experts said was "flawed" and the company in charge of the project, TransCanada, said was "no longer relevant."
Mitch Mcconnell Sen Ky
The Senate Majority Leader says that the climate-change agreement between the United States and China "requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years.
Experts say that it is not in China’s interest to spend the next 16 years working toward the goal, but building that infrastructure cannot be done overnight and will take years to carry out.
Stephen Hayes
Hayes: "We've caught Iran cheating on the interim (nuclear) deal."
The truth is that International Atomic Energy Agency has reported no violations with the Joint Plan of Action. Iran has worked with a new kind of centrifuge. When confronted on the matter, Iran stopped its work.
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
Bernie Sanders introduced an amendment to the Keystone XL pipeline bill that forces Republicans to state their views on climate change.
His amendment says that: (1) climate change is real; (2) is caused by human activities; (3) has already caused devastating problems in the US and world; (4) must be resolved quickly or our entire planet suffer irreparable harm; and (5) it is imperative that the US make the transition to sustainable energy as rapidly as possible.
Dana Perino Fox News
On climate change, "the temperature readings have been fabricated, and it's all blowing up in their (scientists') faces."
The allegations raised by skeptics like the author of The Telegraph the source of Perino, have had no effect on the consensus that the Earth has seen an increase in temperatures over the past 100 years.This claim has been debunked before. To continue to repeat it, moves this into realm of the ridiculous.
Jim Inhofe R Ok
Senator Jim Inhofe, displayed a snowball on the floor of the Senate and said it proved climate change was a hoax. He quotes Bible as support.
Inhofe, who is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, was ignorant that the snowball and record cold actually helps prove that climate change is real. His conviction that science is irrelevant is based on Genesis 8:22 "As long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest,cold and heat, winter and summer."
Ted Cruz Tx
Cruz says science does not back up global warming. He sites satellite data for the last 17 years claiming there has been zero warming."
Cruz cherry-picks a timeframe that starts at an extremely warm year and ignores that the first decade of the 21st century -- even as it’s been stable -- has been the warmest on record. While scientists don’t deny that there’s been a recent "pause" in warming, they expect it to be a temporary trend.
Charles Koch
Recent solar energy policies in Georgia "have resulted in rate hikes and did not result in solar becoming any more economically viable."
Georgia’s largest utility said that the program in Georgia is thriving. Part of Georgia's implementation plan was that using solar power wouldn’t affect rates, and it hasn’t.
Katherine Jefferts Schori, Bishop Episcopal Chruch
Head of the Episcopal Church says it's 'sinful' to ignore climate change.
that humanity has reached a "life and death" decision to change the tide of climate change and that the window of opportunity "will not last long."  "We are meant to love God and what God has created and to love our neighbors as ourselves."
Barack Obama
Five things President Obama wants to discuss with Pope Francis when the pontiff comes to DC.
1. Poor And Marginalized Populations; 2. Environmental Stewardship; 3. Religious Freedom; 4. Economic Opportunity; 5. and Immigration Reform.
Marco Rubio
"I can tell you with certainty (cap and trade) would have a devastating impact on our economy."
Existing cap-and-trade programs have not proven to be "devastating" in their economic impact. While estimates for proposed programs vary, most experts and analysts have found modest potential  impact on the economy; some even show a positive impact.
Rick Santorum
Santorum criticizes Pope Francis’ letter on climate change, saying, "Leave the science to the scientist."
Santorum, an Attorney not a scientist, does not agree with scientific data on global warming. He has repeatedly told religious leaders to shy away from matters of science and focus more on the church’s principles.  Pope Francis on the other hand, does have a degree in Chemistry, giving him a significant scientific background.
Don Zimmerman
Texas politician slams science on global warming saying that it is "the sun warms the Earth, carbon dioxide does not"
It is true the sun is our primary source of energy and drives the climate. However Zimmerman and global warming deniers discount the fact that the Earth's atmosphere filters the sun. High concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause temperatures to rise because the solar energy that the Earth absorbs cannot escape to space as efficiently.
Lindsey Graham R Sc
The big loser in the GOP debate: Our warming planet.
Lindsey Graham is the only GOP candidate who regularly says that climate change is actually happening and humans are causing it, and he was attacked for it during the GOP debate.  Other than that attack, global warming was not mentioned.
Rick Santorum
Santorum says that IPCC climate change study says that 57% of scientists don't agree that "CO2 is the knob that’s turning the climate."
The IPCC actually said it is "extremely likely" (meaning a 95 percent confidence level) that humans are causing climate change; and it is "very likely" (meaning a 90 percent confidence level) that greenhouses gases are the driver. And scientists overwhelmingly agree.
Rick Santorum
Santorum claims that the head of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has debunked the claim that 97% of scientists believe humans have caused climate change.
Santorum's claim is wrong on several fronts. (1) Richard Tol, the actual head of the IPCC, is an adviser to the Global Warming Policy Foundation, and supports the 97% claim. The critic Santorum speaks of is just an economist who has collaborated with global-warming doubters and has since left the IPCC. (2) At least three surveys support the 97% claim.
Global Warming
Soon to be released movie, "This Changes Everything," explores the battle between Capitalism and the climate.
The documentary, based on Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, was filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years. It is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.  What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?
Bernie Sanders Vt Senate
Climate change is "directly related" to the growth of terrorism.
PolitiFact couldn’t find any evidence of a "direct" relationship between climate change and terrorism, though many reports have noted an indirect link. There are, of course, many other factors that contribute to terrorism, including religious and ethnic tensions and political repression.
Hillary Clinton Presidential Candidate
Hillary claims that "Donald Trump says climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese."
Trump has repeatedly called climate change a "hoax" in speeches, tweets and media appearances, and while he hasn’t necessarily repeated the charge that China "invented" climate change, he has said as recently as Jan. 18, 2016, that action on climate change "is done for the benefit of China."


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