The Pope vs. climate change deniers

By John Gehring communications director The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon … Continued

By John Gehring
communications director

The recent blizzard of bunk coming from climate change deniers giddy over the recent Snowmageddon that paralyzed the nation’s capital is a classic case of putting ideology and politics before science. While the overwhelming body of evidence from experts points to human causes exacerbating climate change – this means extreme weather and more intense storms not only rising temperatures – some politicians can barely contain their joy at the recent deep freeze.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) built a six-foot-tall igloo on Capitol Hill with a cardboard sign on top that read “Al Gore’s New Home.” Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R) offered this awkward taunt on Twitter: “where is al gore to explain it snows this heavily as a sign global warming is imminent.” The Washington Times crowed in a bizarre editorial that “record snowfall illustrates the obvious: the global warming fraud is without equal in modern science.”

While some lawmakers and ideologues blithely challenge the world’s leading scientists, along with a growing number of military leaders concerned about this issue as a global security risk, they also part company with the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI. The Green Pope, as some have called Benedict, has frequently addressed climate change and care for the environment as profound moral issues. The pope has touted solar energy, the benefits of local agriculture, sustainable development and the perils of hyper-consumerism. He has spoken boldly about the shameful reality of “environmental refugees” and recognizes the link between war and ecological exploitation. The Vatican has even taken steps to become the world’s first “carbon-neutral state.”

In his latest encyclical, Pope Benedict calls for a “model of development based on the centrality of the human person, on the promotion and sharing of the common good, on responsibility, on a realization of our need for a changed life-style, and on prudence, the virtue which tells us what needs to be done today in view of what might happen tomorrow.” This type of farsighted thinking and simple common sense would be helpful on Capitol Hill. You might think that conservatives, as much as anyone, would be interested in well, conservation, and prudent stewardship of natural resources. But it seems wink-and-nod slogans like “Drill, Baby, Drill” are easier to come up with than finding real solutions to a crisis. Fortunately, people of faith are showing the kind of leadership and clear-eyed vision that many of our esteemed public officials lack.

As Christians around the world begin the observance of Lent, many people of faith are using these 40 days of fasting and prayer to conserve energy, eat less meat, take public transportation instead of driving and spreading the message that environmental justice is a core principle of faith. Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good has launched a social media Facebook campaign: Go Green for Lent: Faith, Stewardship and the Common Good. Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento is challenging the area’s 900,000 Catholics to join him in cutting back on using their computers, iPods and cell phones. Several prominent Anglican British bishops are also calling for a “carbon fast” by urging Christians to keep their carbon consumption in check this Lent. The Archdiocese of Washington has also developed a calendar listing 40 ideas for carbon fasting.

For Catholics, caring for creation and being prudent stewards of our rivers, mountains and forests is not a trendy cause. It’s a Biblical mandate, and a necessity to promote the sacred dignity of life. The Catholic Church has been in the forefront of these efforts long before rock stars and Hollywood celebrities made it cool to be “green.” In particular, faith communities have a unique role to address the ways the poor and vulnerable around the world are most impacted by climate change. International agencies estimate that there will be more than 200 million environmental refugees by 2050 as a direct result of rising sea levels, erosion and agricultural damage.

While the fate of climate change legislation in the Senate remains unknown, the faith community is not going away on this issue. We know the stakes are too high for politics as usual. Perhaps our elected officials can stop building snowmen, get off Twitter and starting leading.

John Gehring is director of communications for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

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  • PSolus

    “The Green Pope, as some have called Benedict, has frequently addressed climate change and care for the environment as profound moral issues.”Real world problems cannot be solved with superstitious thinking and beliefs.

  • YEAL9

    And the problem is?”Solar Activity And Climate Change: New Sun-Watching Satellite To Monitor Sunlight FluctuationsScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2009) — During the Maunder Minimum, a period of diminished solar activity between 1645 and 1715, sunspots were rare on the face of the sun, sometimes disappearing entirely for months to years. At the same time, Earth experienced a bitter cold period known as the “Little Ice Age.””Were the events connected? Scientists cannot say for sure, but it’s quite likely. Slowdowns in solar activity — evidenced by reductions in sunspot numbers — are known to coincide with decreases in the amount of energy discharged by the sun. During the Little Ice Age, though, few would have thought to track total solar irradiance (TSI), the amount of solar energy striking Earth’s upper atmosphere. In fact, the scientific instrument needed to make such measurements — a spaceborne radiometer — was still three centuries into the future.But now we will know!!!

  • ENdulgences

    Having once been an expert in the whole game of offsets (we called them indulgences), I want to thank you for writing this inspiring opinion piece. Personally, I am just itching for the U.S. Senate to hurry up and pass Cap and Trade. Perhaps there are 40 things that we can do to help push the Senate along, although, isn’t ironic – 40 days of Lent and 40 votes is all the deniers need to keep the Senate from acting! Anyway, as Catholics, we really need the Senate to pass Cap and Trade, and I am so pleased with the Holy Father’s inspired leadership in this area.You see, I was once a master of the whole game of allowing the rich to buy offsets for all of the bad, guilt ridden things that they had done. In fact, my old boss, His Holiness Pope Leo X dispatched me to travel across Germany to find all of those deserving people who needed a little help to make sure that they stayed out of purgatory. We needed some money for a small church we were building in Rome, we had the ear of God, and they had the guilt.Anyway, we had a good gig going until that mean denier Jim Inhofe…oops, I mean Martin Luther started asking questions. It got really nasty when he nailed a piece of non-recycled, non-sustainably certified paper to our door (I assure you our door was certified as sustainable by the predecessor of EDF, the renowned HHEIF based ironically at the time in East Anglia). Well things dried up for quite a while, but I am so pleased that Al Gore has convinced my new boss, Pope Benedict that together they can “green” the world and save humanity from itself. All we need is a Cap and Trade system so that wealthy Europeans and Americans can offset the emissions caused by their profligate lifestyles – those trips out to San Francisco or vacations in Hawaii – by simply paying some poor woman in Africa not to have children and to remain mired in poverty.Most ENdulgently,John Tetzel

  • usapdx

    Who is the main cause of global warming, MAN. Hello birth control.

  • APaganplace

    “”But now we will know!!!YEAL9:While we’re at it, wait no longer: 🙂 On the solar crock: And of course the ‘medieval warming period’ (Hint: *Parts of Europe,* not the globe.) so much denial is attached to.

  • 4thwatch

    Now that capitalism has effectively annihilated communism, the church in its quest for social justice is about reining in capitalism. The Pope via “Global Warming, Cap and Trade” looks to close the gap between rich and poor nations/peoples. As enforced carbon indulgences become reality, the Reformation draws nigh … Ride on Tetzel.

  • APaganplace

    “” As enforced carbon indulgences become reality, the Reformation draws nigh … Ride on Tetzel.Posted by: 4thwatch “”Frankly, trying to put forth a ‘market-based’ measure to put some kind of *value* on not-killing the planet seems kind of thankless. Would you rather we regulate?Maybe that’s what should have been happening all along. While it’s nice …and important, for individuals to realize that conservation is just the right (and smart) thing to do, ‘cap an trade’ itself is a measure meant to *accommodate* the big money, that profits immensely off of polluting us and charging it to the future, not some conspiracy. Frankly, trying to turn *those* policies into something about Protestants-v-Catholics maybe only teaches us something about the whole denial and profit mess. That is: Denial and unrestrained corporate waste and pollution are and always were based in unreason. Whatever a Pope or a preacher or a corporate ‘think tank’ says. How people get away with saying, “Give up a government based on human rights and the right of the people to govern themselves, by …being anti-government! Get it out of the way of Big Money and Big Religion, which both seem way too nostalgic for an idea of elite classes holding everyone in debt serfdom and great penitence about how it must be their own fault or ‘God’s will’ they don’t have enough food or self-determination…’ Well, it’s *not* ‘God’s Will.’ It’s not random. It’s not even moralistic, except inasmuch as it obviously does hurt people and create injustice. It’s cause and effect.May be too little too late, especially as the Church, with the other hand and side of the mouth, backs so many of those who want us to identify with people who enjoy wealth we’ll never have, to dismantle our *actual* lives and freedoms and the very future of our Earth and children, but…Well, if they finally want to suggest that maybe waste and overconsumption isn’t actually *good* for anyone, that’s one thing I won’t complain about. About time, really. Way past time. But it ain’t like giving up chocolate a while and calling it ‘sacrifice.’ It could be a chance to learn something, actually. Namely, that a lot of the waste and pollution we create really isn’t giving us any kind of better lives. Just more trash, more bills, and less future. I don’t agree with the Church lightly. Can’t say I’m *overwhelmed* with any claims of ‘green-ness’ given their behavior around our elections here in the country, thus de facto opposing anything environmental in the name of opposing womens’ and LBGT rights, at the cost of the future and environmental justice in real terms… Well, again, it’s about time they got off that. Maybe the Church ought to give up giving ‘moral cover’ to conservative pols while they’re at it. 🙂

  • shewholives

    The Catholic Church needs to stop lecturing people since they are in no position to judge the morality of others.

  • shewholives

    The Catholic Church is in no position to judge the morality of others.

  • fabricmaven1

    If the Pope cared about the health of this earth he would urge population control. He would sell of his real estate holdings and give it to agencys that help the poor. Where is the Pope while Haiti, a very Catholic country, has just been devastated in an earthquake and it’s citizens are left with nothing. How about this Mr. Pope. In solidarity with the environment and the poor, give up those little red Prada slippers you wear.

  • YEAL9

    Climate changes:Complex to say the least: see the Wikipedia review)”1 Causes 1.1 Plate tectonics2 Physical evidence for climatic change

  • spidermean2

    You guys can do the experiment yourselves. Place a half meter diameter tube 10 meters long vertically at sea where one of it’s tip is at sea level and the other tip underneath the sea. Freeze the tube. As it freezes and water turns to ice, the ice will exert an upward force depending on the depth of the ice. The deeper the ice, the bigger the upward force. I think the upward force can carry upto 5 grownup men.That upward force cracked the big chunk of ice, equal to the size of New York state, from the frozen sea of Antartica and floated towards Australia.The size of the iceberg says it all. That global warming is a SHAM.

  • Dennis37

    Most of the ideas in the calendar linked

  • AnnLePain

    Just as well that I’m a lapsed Catholic. I wonder if angels have green wings these days. I wonder if I’ll ever find out. More likely, I’ll be with Him down below stoking the fires and producing lots of nice CO2.

  • elwoll

    And “god forbid” that all those red-robed celibates and their green pope should allow birth control for those who choose it, thereby controlling the number of pollution producing humans.

  • bobritter

    The best thing that Catholics and other religionists could do for Lent is to give up their belief in a god or gods. I did so over 40 years ago because I found no credible for the existence of a supernatural being(s). I am totally at peace with the view that our existence is here and now, and that the only meaning of our lives is that which we each assign to them. With this realization, we are able to devote our attention, energies and money to make the world a better place for all (instead of having them siphoned off worshiping mythical gods).

  • bobritter

    The best thing that Catholics and other religionists could do for Lent is to give up their belief in a god or gods. I did so over 40 years ago because I found no credible evidence for the existence of a supernatural being. I am totally at peace with the view that our existence is here and now, and that the only meaning of our lives is that which we each assign to them. With this realization, we are able to devote our full attention, energies and money to make the world a better place for all (instead of having them siphoned off worshiping mythical gods).

  • jm_davis22

    I agree that the Pope would do well to stress the very population control that leads to a trashed planet BUT I’m not sure why people feel it necessary to bash the concepts of global warming or the Church itself. Of course it has it’s problems but at least we’re trying to help in some regard.Even if global warming is a hoax, what would it hurt to cut back a little and be a bit more mindful of our rabid hyper-consumerism? Save a little money, maybe you help the planet, and we can all have a better day.And lastly, if you don’t have a PhD in geology, biology or a comparable science dealing with weather systems then you don’t have a leg to stand on.

  • mike85

    Much to this country’s determent, America’s MSM is sheltering the American public from the facts that are becoming evident daily in Europe about “Global Warming”.The IPCC’s push for a world-wide climate change agreement at Copenhagen a few months ago was the IPCC’s finding that the world’s glaciers were rapidly melting and the resultant rise in sea level would imperil civilization. Two weeks ago it was announced in European media that this finding was a fraud. And, that the IPCC new that it was a fraud at the time of the Copenhagen conference. In fact the entire glacier melting issue was based not on science, but on one article from an outdoors magazine in which the writer had interviewed one glacial trecking guide.Last week Phil Jones, the embattled head of Britain’s East Anglia University’s CRU, the center of the world’s climate research, was interviewed in London. In that interview he said that:- The CRU’s climate data was in such a state of disarray that peer review was not possible because the CRU could not locate much of the relevant data. – The world’s temperature data that the CRU has had been manipulated and distorted to the point where it was impossible to even locate, or reconstruct, the original data.- The has been NO STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT CHANGES in the world’s temperatures in the last fifteen years.- The CRU, and Penn State’s Professor Michael Mann’s “Hockey Stick” was based on manipulated data and was actually meaningless.- The temperatures in Europe during the Medieval ages were significantly warmer than today’s temperatures. And, although world temperature data for that period are not available, if they were consistent with Europe’s temperatures – and they probably were – the raise in world temperatures in the 20th century are meaningless. And, that there is no conclusive evidence that rising temperatures during the 20th century were man caused. In other words, the world’s leading climate change researcher has gone on record as saying that global warming is B.S.

  • Disambiguation

    Wow, what glorious irony! Two belief systems that demand adherence to strident dogma lest you be declared a heretic and excommunicated are being welded into one. At least the Catholic church has evolved beyond the Inquisition; the Sky-is-Falling types haven’t managed to get out the thumb screws yet, though the do try to ruin anyone who fails to toe the Alarmist line. It’ll be fun watching these two anti-scientific sects try to get into bed together as both demand blind worship of two very different supreme beings: a baleful God and Mother Earth. Watching ’em duke it out when they realize the imaginary friends they worship are mutually exclusive ought to provide hours of amusement.

  • chaosorcommunity

    Dear Humans,We’ve put up with your indulgent ways for many years, and we’re sick of your ignorance. Some of us have gone extinct in the wake of your actions, and yet still you do not care. If you do not take measures to adjust your ways, you will die out with us. Why have you not heeded the evidence before you?90% of the world’s fish populations have declined, and ocean acidification and warming temperatures are quickly killing life in the ocean. Cancers in humans are increasing at astounding rates, especially amongst the young, as is asthma, diabetes, and other diseases normally reserved for the elderly. Natural lands replaced by houses and mines are leading to increased fires, mud slides and toxic sludge seepage.Low-lying islands in your own back yard are disappearing due to sea level rise, and the Arctic ice cap is melting.Some states have even had to change their official trees and birds because those iconic American species have gone extinct.Oh, and by the way, the whole climate gate thing is a hoax, NOT global warming. Saying the blizzards we’ve seen this year prove climate change is not real shows that some of you still don’t understand that weather patterns become more dramatic DUE to global warming, hence more blizzards, hurricanes, and floods.Ask an older person in your life if the seasons are different the last ten years compared to the previous fifty, and I bet you’ll hear some interesting answers.Well, I suppose you still won’t listen to us, but we sure wish you would be a little less greedy and disgusting on the planet so we can all live in balance with the earth instead of watching all this suffering and death. Love, The Air, Plants, Waters, Lands, and Animals

  • sperrico

    Every reader of Mr.Gehring’s blog should know that he has written in favor of Immigration “Reform”. You know, the reform where America accepts all illegal aliens from Mexico as citizens, for example. While Mexicans are mostly Catholic, their church does nothing for them in their home country. So they are forced to immigrate to a secular country. The Catholic clergy are then free to cover themselves in divinity while they continue to enrich their church and cover-up the cases of child molestation by their men of the cloth.

  • raschumacher

    And now that poor dumb bastard Bill Gates has been taken in by the climate hoaxers: Oh no! Quick, everyone: write to him at and tell him what a fool he is!

  • pkhenry

    Rome just had it’s first snow in 100 years, and Europe just came within two degrees of the coldest European temperature ever recorded. Clearly it is due to global warming.Anyone who eats, drives, takes a bus, uses electricity or heat is addicted to carbon – i.e. everyone on the planet.

  • mhr614

    For many “moderns” religion has become simply an updated version of liberalism. They have replaced “superstitious” religious leaders with rational men like Al Gore and messianic politicians like Ted Kennedy and Barack Obama. In liberal-speak “rational” means infallible. Josef Stalin, one of liberalism’s ancestors, used men like the scientist Lysenko to preach his doctrine of “the new man” who would abandon his greedy nature and live for the good of others. 100,000,000 humans beings were murdered in pursuit of establishing a new world of equality and social justice. Nietzche said it well- when men give up God they will create their own- Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot and many others are testaments to the truth of his insight. Liberals are on the same road. The mass frenzy we saw during the last election season is merely a warning.

  • chatard

    And the America-bashing Quinn and Meacham show continues, with Gehring substituting for Jim Wallis. It’s the same old mantra – you’re not a good American if you’re true to your faith, but you’re not true to your faith if you’re not an America-hating left-wing ideologue.

  • cprferry

    “Hello birth control.New research is showing birth control is disrupting our water ecology.

  • aredant

    While it is commendable to recognize science and the problem of climate change, the root cause is human populations. If religious leaders wish to save the planet, they need to stop advocating that everyone have as many offspring as possible. Asking people to cut continually back on resources while pushing them to create more carbon generators is leading toward the collapse of global ecosystems, extinction, massive starvation and poverty. I wonder if the Pope has heard of Soylent Green?

  • frantaylor

    “New research is showing birth control is disrupting our water ecology.”How about saying it correctly: “birth control pills”.I doubt sincerely that tubal ligations and vasectomies are affecting the water supply.

  • SanoranTriamesh

    An child would ask questions, … where does petrol come from, are we running out of it, what will happen in the future. Religion, unfortunately, pretends to have an answer…. It pretends there is ‘Someone’ keeping an eye on things. And then it gives us permission to ahead and consume and procreate in even larger numbers. And the child is asked to shut up. The result… America’s fast growing catholic population. Clueless but full of faith. Religion, because it is meant to make people happy, is by its very definition contrary to the pain we must go through to adjust to a world with less oil.

  • alance

    The Green Pope – aka Benedict Arnold – is a German through and through. Pope Benedict wants to co-opt the near religious fervor for cap and trade seen throughout Germany.The S/M mentality of the Germans is famous. They outlaw both the Nazi Party and Scientology, but yet yearn to become true believers in Global Warming.The Germans survived after WWII by saving and scrimping and turning off all the lights when not in use. They are fanatics for the Church of ALGORE. Old habits die hard.

  • Robster1

    I couldn’t care less about global warming.

  • fireball72

    Isn’t it time the Catholic Church started worrying about problems that actually exist.

  • Fiftycaltx1

    “Give up carbon”??? OK, no electricity, no transportation, no clothes(all made with and transported by “carbon”), no food except what you grow, no water and all for 2 weeks? Is the pope suggesting suicide? Oh, and quit breathing. One byproduct is CO2.

  • RaoTayi

    This so typical of this pope. These starvation diets are idiot’s panacea to all the problems

  • johng1

    We should pray that god provides more dinosaur juice for us to burn. It is up to him, not us, to decide when to reduce carbon. Therefore, we should continue to burn the juice provided by the almighty, the one, the true god that all US citizens, except for Alaskans and Texans, have been made in his glorious eye-blinding image.

  • marycar

    I am not a Catholic, but from this article I understand the Pope is expressing his world view and encouraging responsibility and actions to better care for our beautiful earth. Who can oppose this? Who is for trashing the earth? There may be differences in opinion about global warming, but so what. Lessening participation in over-consumption and the consequences of waste dumped on the starving nations and ourselves is not controversial. Call it morality or commonsense; working toward better global health is a no brainer.

  • johng1

    And if god wanted us to learn science, he would have included it in the bible. He did not! Therefore, science is the work of the devil! THE DEVIL!

  • johng1

    I prayed for global warming to stop, and god sent us all the snows! All hail the almighty god or be crushed like an ant.

  • RBCrook

    You will lead a very small parade with this prattle about living simpler lives, going without the gifts of modernity, eating local only, not using your automobile, etc. Only the mouth-breathing nut jobs among you will willingly revert to living in caves, mud-encrusted wood huts, your economy consisting of anything within 75 miles of you, never visiting your friends across the nation or globe. The rest of us will continue to ignore your vision of life without carbon. Jump on the efficiency bandwagon, look to non-carbon sources of energy to evolve into useful and large-scale because this is a good thing to do. But the life you envision for us is one that will be — and should be — roundly rejected. There are real scientists who dispute the central premise of your arguement — that mankind’s contribution to warming is something to be feared and that we must wreck our economies and our lives in doing so. I wonder who the deny-iers are here.

  • snowy2

    Science? You mean the college dissertation paper and an article in a mountian climbing magazine?Sorry, I remain unconvinced. Science based on faulty data collected in a nano second of earth time does not offer a comprehensive picture into the dynamics of the earth. More data is needed and said data needs to be anaylized by scientists without a financial incentive regarding the outcome.

  • 12thgenamerican

    the catholic church leaders let a bunch of pedophile’s run rough-shod over america’s youth and keep their lip’s sealed, but a proven huckster foist’s a hoax on us and the pope jumps on board? not me bub. and your cred is shot.

  • James10

    More data is needed and said data needs to be anaylized by scientists without a financial incentive regarding the outcome.Posted by: snowy2Not surprisingly you defined a criteria that can’t be met. As soon as you have a scientist studying the data you will claim there’s a bias.TO; 12thgenamerican On pedophiles. The Catholic Church is no worse and probably slightly better than other religions. The CC gets the majority of the focus because of the hierarchical nature of the church and the legal battles. The Lutherans, Baptists, Jews, Boy Scott leaders, and teachers all have their pedophiles. I don’t defend what the CC has done, you’re just fooling yourself if you think it’s not going on just as much in all the other religions.

  • James10

    The Catholic Church needs to stop lecturing people since they are in no position to judge the morality of others.Posted by: shewholivesThat sounds suspiciously like a moral judgment. Have you considered starting your own church?

  • 12thgenamerican

    to james10, all of those other groups are not telling me i need to kneel at the alter of global warming. yes, all groups have deviants, but none have hidden it like the catholic church. now i would expect the episcopal church to be trying to get the government to cave on global warming and other enviromental issues, as they have been at the center of the enviro-wack-job movement for twenty years.i have a hunch you brought all those others up just to smear christianity,of which i am a believer and follower. and i haven’t tried to fool myself for a long time.

  • Extempraneous

    Well the Catholic Church is right about this one and wrong about abortion, gay marriage and birth control, according to the Washington Post. One out of four ain’t bad if it’s a cause your journalists support…

  • YEAL9

    “Factors that can shape climate are climate forcings. These include such processes as variations in solar radiation, deviations in the Earth’s orbit, mountain-building and continental drift, and changes in greenhouse gas concentrations. There are a variety of climate change feedbacks that can either amplify or diminish the initial forcing. Some parts of the climate system, such as the oceans and ice caps, respond slowly in reaction to climate forcing because of their large mass. Therefore, the climate system can take centuries or longer to fully respond to new external forcings.”

  • CalSailor

    4thwatch:The Pope via “Global Warming, Cap and Trade” looks to close the gap between rich and poor nations/peoples. On the contrary, it is the earliest model of the church. If you read Acts, the early Christians were communal in nature, with the wealthy selling what they had to support the poorest. Obviously, if everyone sells everything, and no one produces additional income, the assets soon run out, but helping one another was the earliest model of the church. In addition, the argument in Thessalonians, which is about when Christ will return, is also, in part about the economic lifestyle of the church, because some of the community worked in the meantime, but others just sat around. What was one to do in the meantime? There are echoes of this argument in other writings of Paul as well. Finding a model of charity that was also sustainable over time is part of what is going on in the NT. A purely communal model did not work, but an argument can be made that true Christian faith is much closer to this model than the sort of “I’ve got mine, get out of my way” mentality of many in the US in the 21st century capitalism which is all around us.Pr Chris

  • mwcob

    I’m both Catholic and devoted environmentalist. I oppose Cap & Trade because I don’t like the “Trade” – I just want “Cap.” My concerns with the “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” advocates aren’t the need for reduced carbon emissions and other pollutants. My concern is that (1) we’re talking about a U.N. Program to “compensate” low-lying nations that will be potentially impacted by rising oceans, and (2) we’re not addressing the fact that while the U.S. is the largest polluter, even drastic reductions in the U.S. cannot offset problems in India, China, and other rising industrial powers. Within the issue of the U.N. program – (A) When has the U.N. ever effectively administered something like this without complete and total corruption and waste? Oil-for-Food? Cronyism? Americans who think Washington is broken should pay closer attention to the U.N. where the Secretary General’s son was cashing in. (B) many of the target nations due to become shallow bays are run by corrupt despots who will likely cash in with the money and leave their impoverished citizens to deal with the rising seas on their own. Yes, we need to address pollution and energy-obesity. But we can’t just throw money at the problem and we can’t solve this unilaterally.

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  • YEAL9

    “Globally, the growth rate of the human population has been steadily declining since peaking in 1962 and 1963 at 2.20% per annum. In 2009 the estimated annual growth rate was 1.10%.[3] The last one hundred years have seen a rapid increase in population due to medical advances and massive increase in agricultural productivity[4] made possible by the Green Revolution.[5][6][7]The actual annual growth in the number of humans fell from its peak of 88.0 million in 1989, to a low of 73.9 million in 2003, after which it rose again to 75.2 million in 2006. Since then, annual growth has declined. In 2009 the human population increased by 74.6 million, and it is projected to fall steadily to about 41 million per annum in 2050, at which time the population will have increased to about 9.2 billion.[8] Each region of the globe has seen great reductions in growth rate in recent decades, though growth rates remain above 2% in some countries of the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, and also in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.[9]Some countries experience negative population growth, especially in Eastern Europe (mainly due to low fertility rates and emigration). In Southern Africa, growth is slowing due to the high number of HIV-related deaths. Some Western Europe countries might also encounter negative population growth.[10] Japan’s population began decreasing in 2005 [11)See for the above references.