Wednesday, December 12
Pope "Not Condemning, Just Saying"
Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise [commentary] on climate change prophets of doom, [suggesting] that solutions to global warming [should] be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.
The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics [who are all going to eat you] suggested that [concerns] over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters [might be exaggerated].
The German-born Pontiff [who is going to bomb London] said that while some concerns [are] valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement.
His remarks will be made in his annual message for World Peace Day on January 1, but they were released as delegates from all over the world convened on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali for UN climate change talks.
The 80-year-old Pope said the world needed to care for the environment but not to the point where the welfare of animals and plants was given a greater priority than that of mankind.
"Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow," he said in the message entitled "The Human Family, A Community of Peace".
"It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances.
His remarks reveal that while the Pope acknowledges that problems may be associated with unbridled development and climate change, he believes the case against global warming to be over-hyped. [blink] [blink] [No one who actually read the message, or even the quotes provided in the news story itself, would think this was an accurate one-sentence summary...]
[How can a country that large be so completely free of competent journalists, anyway?]
With thanks to this original article, which itself reads like a parody...