Vatican Cardinal Calls for Fossil Fuels to Be ‘Urgently Phased Out’
The Vatican calls for the abandonment of fossil fuels
Jesuit Cardinal Michael Czerny has called for the end of all new exploration and production of coal, oil, and gas, and "existing production of fossil fuels must be urgently phased out,”
Cardinal Czerny endorsed calls for a fossil fuels nonproliferation treaty saying that production of oil and gas is accelerating “our race towards the precipice.”
The Vatican’s call for the abandonment of fossil fuels could seem incredibly tone-deaf as Europeans face a critical energy shortage that has driven fuel prices to unprecedented levels.
As climate expert Bjorn Lomborg noted in a Wall Street Journal piece Thursday, the West’s energy crisis wouldn’t be nearly as bad if it hadn’t “thrown up green roadblocks to its own energy security, such as President Biden’s moratorium on gas leases or Europe’s refusal to dig into its substantial shale gas reserves.”
The “green roadblocks” are exactly of the sort that the Vatican’s climate czar seems determined to erect.
The price hikes on energy have disproportionately impacted the poor, a social group the Vatican claims to favor, not only by driving up the cost of electricity and fuel but also through its direct impact on the price of basic foodstuffs.
Last month, some 40,000 farmers in the Netherlands demonstrated against a government mandate calling for a radical decrease in nitrogen-oxide and ammonia emissions, which are produced by livestock.
Holland is among the world’s largest food exporters and these ill-fated policies would decimate the country’s agriculture industry just as global hunger is rising.
Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s executive vice president and a committed green advocate, warned this month that many millions of Europeans may not be able to heat their homes this winter, a situation that could lead to “very, very strong conflict and strife.”
To head-off this potentially volatile situation, Timmermans has reluctantly called for a short-term return to fossil fuels, without which civil unrest seems unavoidable.
“If our society descends into very, very strong conflict and strife because there is no energy, we’re certainly not going to make our goals,” he said.
“We’re certainly not going to get where we need to get if the lack of energy leads to strong disruption in our societies."
"We need to make sure people are not in the cold in the coming winter.”
This welcome wisp of realism seems not to have penetrated the thick stone walls of the Vatican, where green ideology continues to reign supreme despite its disastrous consequences for the general population.
The news comes after The World Economic Forum (WEF) published a paper calling for the end of “wasteful” private car ownership.
The WEF argues that communal sharing of cars is the way forward to lessen global demands for precious metals and fossil fuels.
The globalist elites say too many people own private vehicles for the planet’s good.
Most are barely driven and a universal model that will take consumers “from owning to using” their cars is the way forward.
“The average car or van in England is driven just 4% of the time,” the WEF paper sets out.
They argue that people should sell their car and walk or share because “Car sharing platforms such as Getaround and BlueSG have already seized that opportunity to offer vehicles where you pay per hour used.”