(TheIndependentStar.com) – In a brand-new attack on the United States, the liberal head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, slammed Americans for, in his view, leading an “irresponsible lifestyle” with a carbon footprint fueling a climate apocalypse.
The pope’s latest criticism directed at the US appeared in a teaching letter entitled “Praise God” (“Laudate Deum”), quoted by Breitbart News.
It comes after Francis recently slammed the Catholic Church in the United States as too conservative.
“Despite all attempts to deny, conceal, gloss over or relativize the issue, the signs of climate change are here and increasingly evident,” the pope writes in his new teaching letter.
He argues that the acceleration of global warming is so significant that it will be “verified” within a single generation rather than “centuries or millennia.”
“No one can ignore the fact that in recent years, we have witnessed extreme weather phenomena, frequent periods of unusual heat, drought, and other cries of protest on the part of the earth that are only a few palpable expressions of a silent disease that affects everyone,” Francis states.
Breitbart points out that he then singles out America even though the nation has some of the cleanest air in the world.
“If we consider that emissions per individual in the United States are about two times greater than those of individuals living in China and about seven times greater than the average of the poorest countries, we can state that a broad change in the irresponsible lifestyle connected with the Western model would have a significant long-term impact,” the pope writes.
He insists that a “global imbalance” sparks the planet’s warming, with “millions of people losing their jobs due to different effects of climate change.”
“It is no longer possible to doubt the human – ‘anthropic’ – origin of climate change,” the pontiff adds, noting that “the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere” was 423 parts per million as of June 2023.
He then asserts that multilateral action and collaboration are the only solutions to global warming.
“For there to be solid and lasting advances, I would insist that, preference should be given to multilateral agreements between States,” he writes.