Tag: Pope Francis
Just when you thought the media might be ready to report the facts on climate change - about which 99.9% of scientists who've studied the issue agree - we're cursed with another story in the Washington Post that gets it very, very wrong: "How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight".
This piece starts with the story of Philippe de Larminat, a "French doubter who authored a book arguing that solar activity - not greenhouse gases - was driving global warming," who - sacre bleu! - is denied an audience with Pope Francis before the issuance of the Pope's historic encyclical. The first problem here is that we are never given any information about de Larminat's scientific credentials - or indeed whether he has any. (Per LinkedIn, it appears that he has a bachelor's in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in "the sciences," dating from the sixties and seventies. Otherwise, he's mostly a black hole on the Internet.)
There are millions of scientists around the world, and tens of thousands in the climate field. Why focus on this one? What are his contributions to the field?
The Post story then brings up the egregious Heartland Institute, which the writers generously describe as "a free-market group that serves as a hub of skepticism regarding the science of human-caused global warming." They give no background on Heartland, such as its history of being paid by tobacco companies to deny the science of their products causing cancer, or the hundreds of thousands of dollars it has received from the Koch brothers to support their oil investments with climate denial, or their infamous billboard campaign comparing climate scientists to figures like the Unabomber.