Topic: Environment

Article: A Prayer For Science

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This is a prayer of appreciation for the contributions science has made to help us understand God's creation.  Read More...

Article: Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-11-04 20:28:49

Read excerpts from this 184 page challenge to humanity.

Article: 35 Of Pope Francis's Most Prophetic Statements

X Comments    Last updated: 2015-10-26 20:00:37

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.

Allen West, R-FL
"Back door gun control is in full effect in the US" due to "Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency."
Years before Obama, the EPA’s settled with lead smelter Doe Run to correct emissions of a chemical that can cause serious injury and death to adults and children. And ammunition experts say the smelter’s closure would not cut production, reduce supply or raise the cost of ammunition.

Charles Koch
Republican financier says, "EPA officials have commended (Koch Industries) for our ‘commitment to a cleaner environment’ and called us ‘a model for other companies.’ "
Actually, the EPA was focusing on very limited aspects of Koch Industries and not the company as a whole. Further, Koch Industries has a history with the EPA that was completely glossed over, and it includes multiple violations of rules.
Bob Beckel on The Five
"The Koch brothers are one of the biggest polluters in the country."
Koch Industries operates over 100 plants across the country. According to one ranking, it is not responsible for the most significant releases but it does land within the top 30 on one list and the top 15 on another.
Ted Cruz Tx
The Obama administration spent "$205,075 in ‘stimulus’ funds to relocate a shrub that sells for $16."
Cruz' statement ignores facts. No stimulus money spent to move shrub and there is huge difference between the rare in-the-wild version the shrub and the occasionally available commercial versions. which this claim fails to acknowledge.  Wild claim about nothing.
Climate Change
PolitiFact reports on eleven recent claims about climate change
Many wild claims about global warming can harm our future.
John Boehner
New carbon regulations will increase electric bills by "$17 billion every year" and "potentially put an average of 224,000 more people out of work every year."
Boehner sited an earlier Chamber of Commerce study that made predictions based on different regulations than those announced by the White House.
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.
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.
Amy Klobuchar Cnn State Of The Union
"We're now the No. 1 producer of oil in the world. We've surpassed Saudi Arabia."
The latest global oil production statistics back up Klobuchar’s claim. The United States has been the world’s largest oil producer since late 2012.
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.
Barack Obama
Barack Obama's 2015 State of the Union address: annotated.
PolitiFact reviewed the state of the Union speech line by line.  Click the icon to review each point.
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."
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."
Global Warming
In the decades since leaders first got together on climate, The world has gotten hotter, weirder.
Carbon dioxide emissions: up 60 percent. Global temperature: up six-tenths of a degree. Population: up 1.7 billion people. Sea level: up 3 inches. U.S. extreme weather: up 30 percent. Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica: down 4.9 trillion tons of ice.
Rush Limbaugh
Limbaugh says,"85 percent donated to the Clinton Foundation ended up either with the Clintons or with their staff to pay for travel, salaries, and benefits."
Limbaugh's statement ignores critical facts that would give a different impression. While 85% did go to Clinton Foundation staff for travel, salaries and benefits, most of the foundation's charitable work is done in-house. The Clinton Foundation says 88% goes to charitable programs, including 15% went to charitable grants to outside organizations.
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.
Rick Perry
Perry says "the U.S., Canada, and Mexico have more energy resources than Russia and Saudi Arabia."
North America does have a large supply of petroleum, natural gas and coal. But combining the three fuel sources together is like comparing fossil fuel-based apples and oranges. Just comparing straight numbers, Perry was right about coal, but wrong on natural gas and crude oil.
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.
Charles Koch
New report examines Kochs' role in Hurricane Katrina damage and slow recovery.
The report says that Koch and other oil and gas pipeline companies caused destruction of wetlands south of New Orleans, eliminating New Orleans' "natural protection, and exacerbating the damage done when Katrina hit, .They continue to oppose reform legislation.
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.
Donald Trump
Trump said,"In California, "the windmills are killing hundreds and hundreds of eagles."
In the past the best estimate has been about 100 eagles killed each year by wind turbines, but today, fewer turbines, new designs and better siting have reduced fatalities.  Even those who are most concerned about the welfare of Eagles agree that Trump is exaggerating.


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