Pope Francis hosted a one-day conference, “Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development,” as a prelude to his promised encyclical on climate change.
Many representatives from the United Nations, particularly from its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), were invited to attend the April 28 event to help formulate and inform the official concluding statement of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
Scientists who are skeptical sufficient evidence exists to conclude human activities are responsible for recent climate changes were not invited to the papal conference.
The papal declaration asserts humans are causing dangerous climate change, stating, “Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity.”
A contingent of skeptics assembled by The Heartland Institute, publisher of...
The EPA claims new mercury and air toxic standards (MATS) will result in $24 to $80 billion in net health benefits per year. Others disagree with this assessment, arguing, the EPA dramatically overstates the benefits of the new rule while understating its direct and indirect costs.
The Supreme Court of the United States is being reviewing the EPA’s mercury rule to determine whether the EPA unreasonably refused to consider costs when formulating the rule. The EPA claims...
Oregon will soon institute a first-in-the-nation program charging car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.
The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road maintenance and expansion at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country. The decline in revenues can be traced to the ongoing sluggish economy, combined with relatively high fuel prices resulting if people driving less. It is also due, in part, to...
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