A Vatican envoy is claiming there's no more debate over man-made climate change.
Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio and Holy See Representative to the United Nations, spoke at the 68th annual World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, which just concluded this week. While there, he hailed the example of Pope Benedict, allegedly called "the green Pope" for his concern over the environment. He then went on to praise the example of Pope Francis for calling attention to this issue.
He went on to discuss what he called "climate justice," claiming that "protecting our environment is an urgent moral imperative and a sacred duty for all people of faith and people of conscience."
Referring to the global summit that took place at the Vatican in April, Tomasi said the speakers at the summit "left no further room for denial under the mistaken guise of so-called religious belief when they declared that human-induced climate change is a scientific reality."
But a number of scientists and activists continue to claim evidence for man-made climate change remains inconclusive. Last year, a co-founder of the environmental activist group Greenpeace testified before Congress that there's no proof of human-induced climage change. Addressing a U.S. Senate committee, Patrick Moore, who has a doctorate in ecology, said, "There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth's atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists."
He went on to debunk evidence for any direct causal link between carbon emissions and global warming. "The fact that we had both higher temperatures and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today fundamentally contradicts the certainty that human-caused CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming."
He also rejected the notion that an increase in world temperature would harm the environment. "Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species."
One scientist has gone so far as to say global warming is a fearmongering scam maintained for the sake of a $22-billion industry. "We haven't seen any 'global warming' for 17 years! The reality is this: The world is 1.08 degrees cooler than it was in 1998." He points to evidence that the North Polar Ice Cap, rather than melting from higher temperatures, is actually increasing in size, expanding from 43 percent to 63 percent in the space of one year.
The Vatican came under fire last month for inviting two pro-abortion, pro-population control speakers to address the global summit on climate change. United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon, along with Harvard economist Jeffrey Sachs, spoke on the moral obligation to stem man-made global warming.
As head of the UN, Ban-Ki Moon has pushed for universal access to abortion and contraception for teens all over the world, phrasing it benignly as the right to "reproductive health." He has warned that millions of teen girls become mothers or contract HIV each year, and "[w]e have a collective responsibility to drive these numbers down" by relaxing restrictions on abortion and by greater distribution of contraception.
Sachs is also well-known for advocating abortion and population control, especially in the Third World. Expressing concerns about overpopulation, Sachs has written, "The reduction of fertility rates should be encouraged in the poorer countries as well. Rapid and wholly voluntary reductions of fertility have been and can be achieved in poor countries." This can be done by "providing access to modern family planning and contraceptives."
Watch Michael Voris' presentation Global Warming Unmasked to learn more about the climate change movement.