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Cardinal Pell: Climate Hysteria is Hubristic

Discussion in 'OBOB General Politics Forum' started by Michie, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Michie

    Michie Perch Perkins. Catholic reporter. ;) Supporter

    Today, George Cardinal Pell delivered a lecture at the invitation of the Global Warming Policy Foundation titled “Eppur’ si muove, or ‘yet it moves:’ One Christian Perspective on Climate Change.” He insisted that a scientific consensus is a lazy basis for the making of policy, and that before states impose drastic environmental regulations, an analysis of their demonstrable costs and benefits must be undertaken.

    Galileo is supposed to have muttered the lecture’s title after recanting his heliocentrism in the face of a “scientific consensus.” Cardinal Pell spent a large portion of his lecture demonstrating the historical existence of a Medieval warm period which in the last ten years the green movement has tried to explain away, since it’s rather inconvenient to find that pre-industrial man lived in a hotter climate when you want to assert that carbon emissions must be causing current global warming. “And yet, it was warm,” the Cardinal is saying.

    Cardinal Pell began with the Tower of Babel, and quoted Leon Kass’s description of that project as “the all-too-human, prideful attempt at self-creation.” Before making any sort of climate policy, the Cardinal warned,
    Continued- http://blog.acton.org/archives/26964-cardinal-pell-climate-hysteria-is-hubristic.html
  2. Fantine

    Fantine Dona Quixote Supporter

    He's from Australia, is he not?

    The southern hemisphere is much less affected by climate change--far less land mass in the southern hemisphere, and far less per capita energy use by the residents of the third world who occupy the southern hemisphere.

    It's why Antarctica is so much larger than the Arctic, why the polar ice caps are so much larger in the south.

    From his vantage point, it might be possible to deny global warming for a few more years.
  3. Aeneas

    Aeneas Well-Known Member

    Scientific consensus is a "lazy" basis for determining policy on scientific issues? lol, ok.

    His argument seems to be that we should never use science in determining policy because science isn't static, and it turns out to be wrong sometimes.

    That doesn't really make any sense.
  4. steve_bakr

    steve_bakr Christian

    Cardinal Pell, it sounds like, should stick to religious subjects and not make pronouncements about climate change. He should take a lesson from Church history that her track record of going against scientific findings is not a very good one.

    Peace of the Lord be with you.
    "The heavens declare the glory of the Lord" (Psalms 19:2a)
  5. Dark_Lite

    Dark_Lite Chewbacha

    Let's not let scientific facts get in the way of policy-making eh?