“Americans are justifiably skeptical of the global environmental movement.”
By James Bascom*
This week begins the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the most hyped international environmental conference since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Its goal is nothing less than a legally binding treaty and international framework — under the auspices of the UN — that would force the nations of the world to drastically cut their carbon dioxide emissions, thereby avoiding a supposed man-made global warming catastrophe.
No expense has been spared to promote this conference. Governments, churches, universities, large corporations, and especially the media (not to mention the UN itself) have expended an enormous amount of time, money, and political capital to whip up public support. Pope Francis’ April 28 “Green Summit” at the Vatican with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and his “green” encyclical Laudato Si were planned earlier this year largely to give valuable momentum to the Paris summit. President Obama made this clear in a statement in June: “[A]s we prepare for global climate negotiations in Paris this December, it is my hope that all world leaders — and all God’s children — will reflect on Pope Francis’s call to come together to care for our common home.”
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