World Pope slams climate change deniers as 'stupid'

19:06  11 september  2017
19:06  11 september  2017 Source:   AFP

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Climate change deniers are as committed. Their denial fits perfectly with their support for free market economics, opposition to state intervention and hatred of all those latte-slurping, quinoa-munching liberals, with their arrogant manners and dainty hybrid cars

Pope Francis, returning to Rome on Monday, sided with the scientists on climate change© Provided by AFP Pope Francis, returning to Rome on Monday, sided with the scientists on climate change

Pope Francis on Monday slammed climate change doubters as "stupid" in the wake of a spate of hurricanes that have thrashed the US, Mexico and the Caribbean.

"Those who deny it (climate change) should go to the scientists and ask them. They are very clear, very precise," the pontiff said Monday during a press conference on the return leg of a five-day Colombia trip.

"A phrase from the Old Testament comes to mind: 'man is stupid, a stubborn, blind man'," he added.

Francis said individuals and politicians had a "moral responsibility" to act on advice from scientists, who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of global warming.

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The pope could do little to change his mind, he said—although the Catholic leader’s position on climate science certainly seemed to be a sensitive point for Inhofe. Good Luck Going After the Pope , Climate Deniers .

Although he was probably already preaching to the choir, President Obama used his commencement address at the University of California, Irvine to take swings against climate change deniers .

"These aren't opinions pulled out of thin air. They are very clear," he said.

"They (world leaders) decide and history will judge those decisions," he added.

The pope has been an ardent supporter of efforts to combat climate change and its consequences to the world's most vulnerable populations, in terms of pollution, disease, wars and migration.

He has regularly criticised politicians in comments seen by many as a swipe at President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the COP21 Paris Agreement which binds countries to national pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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<p>Pope Francis arrived in a rain-soaked Medellin on Saturday to console orphans, the poor and sick — and to rally priests and ordinary Colombians to look beyond rigid church doctrine to care for those living on the margins of society.</p>Francis was tending to in-house church business on his penultimate day in Colombia, after having spent the first half of his trip encouraging its fragile new peace process.

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