Thursday, September 06, 2007

"Take Climate Change seriously"...

... said the Pope!?:

"VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Wednesday made another strong appeal for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.

The Pope made his appeal, his second on environmental issues in four days, at the end of his general audience before some 16,000 people in St Peter's Square.

Care of water resources and attention to climate change are matters of grave importance for the entire human family," he said."

Okay, I can dig that. Benedict XVI, though chock full o'willnuts on some other issues (womens' rights and AIDS prevention in particular), obviously has some scientific smarts, at least when it comes to the environment. Credit where credit is due: the Pope is massively influential among the world's 1billion+ Catholics, and his definition of climate change as a "matter of grave importance" will no doubt lead many to face reality on the issue. "Hats off" to him for that.

But I wonder how conservative Catholics will square this with their Protestant so-con compatriots, who stubbornly resist the notion that climate change is anything but a liberal scam. Conservatives in general are already split on the issue, but the Pope's declaration might split the so-con element as well. Ha, pretty soon the only people screaming about the "global warming hoax" will be the rattlebrained rapturists.