US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released the following statement regarding the papal encyclical on climate change by Pope Francis.
“Pope Francis’ call to action on climate change is an important milestone in the global effort on this issue. His is not just a powerful moral voice, he also graduated as a chemical engineer and understands the consensus of climate scientists that accumulating manmade pollution endangers our planet and people around the world. As Pope Francis reminds us, we must push for ambitious and cost effective solutions that protect us all, including those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Pope Francis should inspire all countries to redouble the deployment of clean energy technologies and energy efficiencies and find the international will to significantly cut global emissions of heat trapping pollution. I thank Pope Francis for his leadership, and encourage people of all faiths to work toward the common goal of a safer world achieved by universal access to clean and affordable energy.”
Institute for Energy Research President Thomas Pyle issued the following thoughts on the encyclical.
“The simple reality is that energy is the essential building block of the modern world. The application of affordable energy makes everything we do, food production, manufacturing, health care, transportation, heating and air conditioning, better. Affordable energy means that people lead better, healthier, longer lives. Technology, innovation, and creativity mean that we are always getting better at finding and producing the energy we need. It also means that we have plenty of resources, whether natural gas, coal, oil, methane hydrates, or other forms of energy.
“The application of technology and innovation coupled with the concern and efforts of individuals also means that we are making constant progress in protecting the environment we all share. We are glad that His Holiness has joined the conversation. We look forward to his ultimate and inevitable conclusion that there is no limit to human ingenuity and creativity. There is no limit to what we can create or the problems we can solve. We can accomplish much more.
“The highest value we have is to protect and improve human life, and as part of that we need to improve the environment in a way that makes sense. That means keep improving technology, keep innovating, and keep government from getting in the way.”
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Head of the Reformed Jewish Movement in the US commented, “we celebrate the leadership and spotlight Pope Francis has shone on the crisis of climate change and join with the Holy Father and our Catholic friends around the world in the work of upholding environmental stewardship as a moral obligation for people of all faiths…This is a crucial time in human history: the effects of climate change are worsening, especially for the poor and the vulnerable, and the imperative for meaningful action to prevent a climate catastrophe becomes ever more clear. People of faith must lead the global effort to combat climate change for the health and well being of generations to come.”
Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd