By John W. Lillpop
Pope Francis’s grand entrance into the politics of climate change was tarnished a bit when his encyclical was leaked by an Italian magazine.
Italian magazine L’Espresso leaked Pope Francis’ hotly anticipated encyclical on climate change on its web site on Monday, breaking an embargo on the document set for Thursday.
The 192-page document is Pope Francis’ first major teaching letter on climate change and its effects on the planet’s poor. Hailed by some as the “Pope of the poor,” Francis’ linkage of environmental and economic issues puts the Vatican out front on a closely watched topic.”
Meanwhile, back in Washington, D.C., Barack Obama took advantage of the leak to trumpet additional executive orders that he will issue to combat Climate Change.
President Barack Obama is preparing to unleash a series of “executive actions” aimed at boosting the green energy industry as part of the president’s global warming agenda.
The White House is also ordering the IRS to come out with guidance and rules to get nonprofits to invest in green energy technologies, along with creating more government financing options for small businesses looking to go green.”
The big question: Is the Pope now dictating US policy from the Vatican, or is Obama functioning as a public relations mouthpiece for the Pope when it comes to climate change?