In exchange, the advisors would solve future problems that may not even exist or, if they do, might be more easily solved by future generations who should be richer, both economically and technologically. Essentially, these policies would give up real gains in human and environmental well-being to solve hypothetical problems forecast by models that have a record for inaccuracy.

This means that the Vatican’s backing of reductions in fossil fuel use would actually reduce human well-being and increase the human impact on the planet.

The Vatican’s advisors, however, are correct on one count: climate change is a moral and ethical issue. But it is a strange ethical calculus that justifies reducing existing gains in human well-being, increasing the cost of humanity’s basic necessities, increasing poverty, and reducing the terrestrial biosphere’s future productivity and ability to support biomass. The Vatican’s advisors’moral compassesare apparently broken.

Indur Goklany, a member of the U.S. delegation that established the IPCC and helped develop its First Assessment Report, served as a U.S. delegate to the IPCC, and as an IPCC reviewer. He is a member of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory council and the author of  the Pontifical Academies’ Broken Moral Compass

Financial Post, 9 July 2015