The Pope strikes a deal with Big Oil over global warming fears

Doesn’t the Pope have better things to do?

Pope Francis, the high pontiff, has been a bit of a blunder-bender as of late.  As the head of the Catholic Church, you would think that priority number one might be the eradication of the organization’s longtime pedophilia problem.  After all, there is no where else on earth in which this dastardly and horrific practice is more prevalent or protected.

But no.  The Pope has instead opted to look outward with his mighty influence, and tackle a number of societal and cultural issues around the world instead.

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His latest foray into activism comes in the realm of “global warming”.

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Some of the world’s major oil producers pledged Friday to support “economically meaningful” carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid “perpetrating a brutal act of injustice” against the poor and future generations.

The companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Chevron and Eni, said in a joint statement at the end of a Vatican climate summit that governments should set such pricing regimes at a level that encourages business and investment, while “minimizing the costs to vulnerable communities and supporting economic growth.”

The effort came with some unexpected cooperation between normally ruthless oil execs.

The CEOs, as well as leaders of major asset managers such as BlackRock and BNP Paribas, also called for companies to provide investors with clarity about the risks climate change poses to their businesses and how they plan to transition to cleaner energy sources.

The joint statement was issued at the end of a closed-door summit in the Vatican gardens, the second time the Holy See has convened the world’s petroleum leaders for private talks on climate change, scientific research and the moral imperative to save God’s creation.

And while the Vatican’s involvement in the issue of carbon pollution isn’t necessarily a bad thing, their willingness to engage in any issue other than their own harboring of pedophiles is simply unacceptable.

Get back to the basics, Francis, or the world is going to shun you like never before.

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