In recent weeks, Pope Francis has made statements regarding climate change, urging Catholics worldwide to take measures to protect and preserve the environment. It’s said that the pontiff is planning to issue a major edict in 2015 regarding the environment and to hold an enclave of world religious leaders ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, slated for November in Paris.
According to Media Matters, Fox News has chosen to portray the Pope’s attention to climate change as a radical decision to side against his own church and align himself with “environmental extremists who favor widespread population control and wealth redistribution.”
On Dec. 30, Fox News correspondent Doug McKelway claimed that Francis will be “aligning himself with some church enemies” by taking up the climate change gauntlet.
The conservative news network also welcomed paid shill for the pro-business, anti-environmentalist group Climate Depot Marc Morano, who blithely lied that there’s been “no global warming” for “almost two decades.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)reported earlier this week that 2014 was actually the warmest year on record around the world. All of Morano’s spurious claims have been debunked by science and yet he insisted that the ice caps are growing, that the planet isn’t warming and that climate change is a hoax that a naïve, radical Pope is signing on to after the science has been settled the other way.
Media Matters’ Denise Robbins wrote, “But acting on climate change already has widespread support among Catholics. The pope’s move comes after senior bishops from around the globe called on the world’s governments to phase out fossil fuels completely in order to ‘protect frontline communities suffering from the impacts of climate change.’ Christian leaders have been promoting climate action for many years, citing its disproportionate impacts on the poor as a main concern. In 2006, the Evangelical Climate Initiative urged members of the church to act on climate change because it ‘hit[s] the poor the hardest.’”
McElway also fretted that the Pope’s acceptance of climate change science will damage world faiths as a whole, eroding confidence in both science and religion. On the December 30 edition of Happening Now, McElway said that climate change science is dangerous because it “may play well into the hands of skeptics who’ve long seen global warming fears as almost religious in its fervor, with biblical themes of a pristine Eden-like planet tarnished by man, followed by a loss of grace and a coming doomsday.”
Robbins noted that McElway was fired from his job at ABC News over his attacks on environmental groups and a discredited news segment that wrongly accused President Barack Obama of receiving major campaign funding from BP.