Special Report: ‘Unholy Alliance’ – Exposing The Radicals Advising Pope Francis on Climate

By: - Climate DepotSeptember 24, 2015 10:06 AM with 33 comments

(Also see: The Climate Skeptic’s Guide To Pope Francis’ U.S. Visit: Talking Points About The Pope & Global Warming)



The Vatican’s Advisors: An Unholy Alliance with the UN Global Warming Agenda

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In the preparation and promotion of its widely touted encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, the Vatican relied on advisors who can only be described as the most extreme elements in the global warming debate.  These climate advisors are so far out of the mainstream they even make some of their fellow climate activists cringe. Many of these advisors oppose individual freedom and market economics and stand against traditional family values.

The Vatican and Pope Francis did not allow dissent or alternative perspectives to be heard during the creation and promotion of the encyclical. The Vatican only listened to activist voices within the climate movement.

Even more startling, many of the Vatican’s key climate advisors have promoted policies directly at odds with Catholic doctrine and beliefs. The proceedings of the Vatican climate workshop included activists like Naomi Oreskes, Peter Wadhams, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, and UN advisor Jeffrey Sachs.

Pope Francis’ advisors, and the UN climate agenda he is aligning himself with, are strong supporters of development restrictions, contraceptives, population control, and abortion.  Despite these strange bedfellows, the encyclical is clear in condemning abortion, contraception, and population control.

There has been nothing short of an “Unholy Alliance” between the Vatican and promoters of man-made climate fear. The Vatican advisors are a brew of anti-capitalist, pro-population control advocates who allow no dissent and are way out of the mainstream of even the global warming establishment.

Here are profiles of some of the key radical voices with whom the Vatican has associated itself.

UN Advisor Jeffrey Sachs

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs, a special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, participated in a 2014 Vatican workshop on sustainability as well as in the Vatican summit on climate that took place in April 2015. Sachs was reportedly the author of the Pontifical statement, Climate Change and the Common Good:  A Statement of the Problem and the Demand for Transformative Solutions, issued on April 29, 2015.

Sachs, who is also the director of The Earth Institute, believes climate skeptics are responsible for the deaths of people due to alleged man-made, global warming driven, extreme storms. Sachs tweeted on November 10, 2014, that “Climate liars like Rupert Murdoch & the Koch Brothers have more & more blood on their hands as climate disasters claim lives across the world.”

Sachs is such a devoted salesman for UN “solutions” to global warming that he declared: “We’ve got six months to save the world or we’re all doomed.”

Many of Sachs’ views are at odds with Catholic teachings. Catholic activist Liz Yore detailed Sachs’ view on overpopulation.

“At a 2007 international lecture, Sachs claimed that ‘we are bursting at the seams.’ The focus of Sachs’ overpopulation mantra is primarily the continent of Africa. He argues that if only poor African countries would just lower their fertility rate, the world and Africa would thrive economically. This fear mongering is nothing new. Sachs is standing on the shoulders of Paul Ehrlich, architect of the ‘sky is falling’ deception perpetrated in his 1968 book, The Population Bomb.”

Yore concluded: It is “incomprehensible that the Vatican would be duped into thinking that the United Nations and its Millennium and Sustainable Development goals share common solutions for the world’s problems. The Catholic Church welcomes children as a gift from God. The UN Secretary General and Jeffrey Sachs want to limit children.”

In 2009, Sachs addressed the annual conference of the Party of European Socialists.  He described the “profound honor” of addressing the far-Left Party of European Socialists and said they were heirs and leaders of the most successful economic and political system in the world — Social Democracy. Social equity, environmental sustainability, and fiscal redistribution are the successful elements in managing a just society, Sachs maintained. This is, he argues, in marked contrast to the U.S., whose taxes are too low and where the poor are ignored.

In 2009, in advance of the Copenhagen UN climate meeting, Sachs called for a carbon levy, claiming that millions were suffering because of drought caused by Western-induced climate change. Sachs has advocated for a carbon tax and a financial transactions tax, a global health fund, a global education fund, and a global climate fund. Sachs’ Earth Institute at Columbia has included members of an external advisory board such as George Soros and Rajendra Pachauri, former UN IPCC chairman. Soros has funded Sachs via his Open Society Institute.


German climate adviser Hans Joachim Schellnhuber 

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, who has called for the “creation of a CO2 budget for every person on the planet,” was appointed a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in June 2015 and was one of the four presenters of Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment. Schellnhuber was also a key player at the Vatican climate presentation in 2014.

Schellnhuber is an atheist who believes in “Gaia, but not in God.”  In 2015, Schellnhuber boasted about having climate skeptics excluded from participating in drafting the Pope’s climate encyclical.  The April 2015 Vatican climate summit in Rome banned a skeptical French scientist from attending because the organizers reportedly “did not want to hear an off note” during the summit.

Schellnhuber is a scientific activist who is mocked even by his fellow warmist colleagues. See: Warmist Ray Bradley trashes prominent warmist Hans Joachim Schellnhuber for “spouting bullsh*t”; Phil Jones says, “We all agree on that.”

At a meeting in Japan in 2004, Scientist Tom Wigley found prominent EU warmist Schellnhuber to be “a bit of a laughing stock among these people.”

Schellnhuber has also declared human society needs to be managed by an elite group of “wise men.”  He referred to this idea as his “master plan” for the “great transformation” of global society.

Schellnhuber’s views on population also are at odds with Catholic teachings. Echoing the claims of overpopulation guru Paul Ehrlich, he has claimed that when the Earth reaches nine billion people, which is projected to occur soon, “the Earth will explode” due to resource depletion.

Schellnhuber also berates those who disagree with him, calling his critics “vicious liars” and mocking Americans as “climate illiterate” for being skeptics.


Naomi Oreskes

Climate historian Naomi Oreskes has been actively involved in helping produce the Papal encyclical. Oreskes wrote the introduction to Pope Francis’ book version of the encyclical. See: Papal Encyclical book w/ introduction by Naomi Oreskes

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Oreskes is perhaps best known for her calls for placing restrictions on the freedom of speech of global warming skeptics. Oreskes believes climate skeptics who dissent from the UN/Gore climate alarmist point of view should be prosecuted as mobsters for their tobacco lobbyist style  tactics. See: Merchants of Smear: Prosecute Skeptics Like Gangsters?! Warmist Naomi Oreskes likes the idea of having climate ‘deniers’ prosecuted under the RICO act (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act).

Critics of Oreskes fired back that it is Oreskes herself – not the skeptics — who uses the tactics of the tobacco lobby.

As a researcher, Oreskes’ body of work has not fared well among her peers.  She has been criticized by warmist and skeptical scientists alike. See: Statistician from the U. of Mass Amherst performs very polite savaging of claims of Naomi Oreskes.

Warmist scientist Tom Wigley wrote that Oreskes’ work is “useless”. Wigley wrote: “Analyses like these by people who don’t know the field are useless. A good example is Naomi Oreskes’ work.”

Warmist scientist William M. Connolley slammed Oreskes for “silly” and “shoddy” work. Connolley, a former UN IPCC scientist, wrote that he “eventually concluded that Oreskes was hopelessly wrong.” He explained that a high-profile Oreskes “paper seems to have been written around pre-arranged conclusions…it is unlikely that anyone outside the incestuous field of climate history scholarship will notice or care.”

Others have been equally uncharitable in describing Oreskes research. See: Warmist Naomi Oreskes taken down — “consistently misrepresents the meaning of statistical significance and confidence intervals” – “Oreskes, the historian, gets the history wrong”

Oreskes has been undeterred, continually ratcheting up climate alarmism to the point of silliness. See: Forget Polar Bears, cats & dogs to die! Warmist Naomi Oreskes prophesizes the climate deaths of puppies and kittens – Oreskes: “The loss of pet cats and dogs garnered particular attention among wealthy Westerners, but what was anomalous in 2023 soon became the new normal.”

Sadly, Pope Francis is allowing Oreskes, who equates climate change to a “Nazi atomic bomb,’” to write the introduction to the book-form of his encyclical.


Prof. Peter Wadhams

Another key advisor to Pope Francis is Cambridge University Professor Peter Wadhams. Wadhams is a scientist and activist whose views are so extreme that even many of his fellow global warming advocates distance themselves from him. In 2014, NASA’s lead global warming scientist Dr. Gavin Schmidt ridiculed Wadhams for “using graphs with ridiculous projections with no basis in physics.”

Wadhams’s fellow warmist colleagues have also piled on and ridiculed him, claiming Wadhams “uses anecdotal…very, very poor data; not credible plots…no physics behind his extrapolations.” One of his colleagues even chided: “Hasn’t Wadhams already predicted four of the last zero ice-free summers?”

Wadhams was at the center of international controversy in 2015, when he suggested three global warming scientists were assassinated by the oil industry. These claims were wholly unsubstantiated. See: Cambridge professor Peter Wadhams insists three scientists have been assassinated.  Wadhams later tried to claim his comments about the deaths were “completely off the record.”

Other colleagues have also criticized Wadhams. See: German Scientists: Former IPCC Author Peter Wadhams Showing Pattern Of Irrationality …”Extremely Far-Fringe Corner”


Naomi Klein

Pope Francis has also reached out to climate activist and anti-capitalist crusader Naomi Klein. See: Pope Francis recruits ‘ferocious critic’ of capitalism — Naomi Klein — in climate battle

Klein was brought into the Vatican climate process by one of the Pope’s key aides, Cardinal Peter Turkson, to lead a high-level conference. Klein, described by the Washington Post as a “secular” feminist, is a “ferocious critic” of 21st century capitalism. Klein believes: “To fight climate change we must fight capitalism.”  Klein explained: “There is still time to avoid catastrophic warming but not within the rules of capitalism as they are currently constructed.”

Klein is author of the book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.

She has declared that “Capitalism is irreconcilable with a livable climate.” She also noted: “Dealing with the climate crisis will require a completely different economic system.” Klein’s anti-capitalist advocacy clearly places her science as subservient to her politics. During the panel discussion at an event at the People’s Climate March, Klein was asked: “Even if climate change issue did not exist, you would be calling for same structural changes?” Klein responded:  “Yeah.”

Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore criticized Pope Francis for sounding like Naomi Klein. Klein has also claimed that “It’s Clear” Climate Change Is Making Racism Worse.


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More advisors: Most prominent among the Pope’s advisors are the head of the Vatican’s social justice ministry, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, and Chair of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. While each of these individuals have played a key role in helping craft the Vatican’s stance on climate change, there are two problems with their positions. First, the cardinals’ assessments on climate change quickly unravel when held up to the light of objective scientific scrutiny. Second, their harshly critical statements of climate change skeptics conflict sharply with Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si for “honest debate” and “respecting divergent views.” Finally, there also appears an obtuse logic to some of Cardinal Sorondo’s statements linking climate change to various social ills such as poverty, human trafficking and even abortion. Such inane opinions tear at the credibility of the Vatican’s message.

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  • MoonWatcher

    Hans looks like the kind of guy who registers himself at the local police department.

    • Tom Robbins

      They are like mobsters – only difference is they hide behind some ridiculous moral high-ground.. The Media is the main linchpin in all of this – if we still had a free media, not owned by the very monsters that want to control us, this would never have gotten so far… but the drone mentality of some Americans is incredible, we have become dumb, soft, and incredibly self-centered… But their is a core, a wisdom, that I am banking on, their are more independents than ever, and they (including myself) don’t trust Big Brother. And with 75% of the American people hating the federal government, the highest it has been (thanks to Obummer), we have a shot at defeating these bastards.

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  • emmaliza

    “The Devil’s Pleasure Palace” sheds light on the takeover of US universities by nihilism. It appears they have also taken over the Vatican….It’s all about the age-old lust for power by any means…..The laws of economics always prevail in the long term, and their idea of hastening the demise of the civilized world will only end in their own loss of government funding..

  • http://logicversusemotion.blogspot.com/ D. M. Mitchell

    I don’t understand the Pope’s concern. He supposedly believes in a big guy in the sky who destroyed civilization once before by an enormous flood that covered all the Earth, clear over the tops of the mountains. (Where did all that water come from and where did it go? Oh wait. Magic. Just a snap of the big guy’s fingers…if he has fingers.) Then a rainbow was given as a sign that the big guy in the sky wouldn’t destroy civilization again.

    Why doesn’t the Pope and all his followers just pray to the big guy and say “Please just snap your fingers again and save our doomed planet.” I’m sure that would work. Of course, since the big guy in the sky created everything and knows everything, then it might just be part of his plan–the master plan–that humans destroy themselves by polluting themselves out of existence. How would we know? And if it were part of the big guy’s plan, then trying to stop it would be sinning against the big guy in the sky.

    In the meantime, from a scientific, secular human point of view, and since there has been no global warming for over 18 years and since we are at the end of an inter-glacial warming period and most likely going back into a major period of glaciation (as in all of Canada and northern Europe and Asia), I wouldn’t pay any attention to the Pope and his anti-human-society advisers. But I am preparing for a really big cold snap which, I admit, may or may not come in my lifetime.

  • jumper297

    And yet the pope vehemently claims he’s “not a leftist” but recruits non-scientific advisers like that pig Klein that have a very specific (and outspoken) agenda of using the AGW scam as a tool. I guess I’m just a little confused as to why the church and the pope (now conveniently a left-wingnut darling) are dabbling in affairs FAR outside the realm of spirituality. Silly me, I would have assumed the pope might just be more concerned about the Christian genocide going on in the middle east than in some vague, nebulous fear mongering about an unfounded, unsupported theory.

  • Disgruntled2012


    • Nacho

      Him an obama are two peas in a pod. Which one is the true anti-christ?

      • ninetyninepct

        Which one ? Yes.

  • RxRight

    So glad I’m Presbyterian now. Talk about a group of misfits, and, the bhussein uses these braindead cavemen as a basis for what? Taxes and poliices that will dessimate our economy? Hey nutbags; why don’t you all start by selling your worldly possessions and have Al Gore do the same then use his personal jet to fly all of it to the Congo, including the riches of the vatican. Hypocrits and marxists, all of them.

  • doug1961

    Doesn’t Jeffrey Sachs look like he prances around in ladies underwear and tears the heads of frogs? And Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is the poster child for generations of blue-blood debauchery. Naomi Oreskes is well-known lunatic who is confusing warming with constipation. As is “no basis-in-reality” Wadham. Naomi Klein? Fringe Kook.
    These are the people his holinaheadiness takes advice from?
    If that doesn’t tell you climate change is a left wing fraud, nothing does.

  • CaptAegis

    Intriguing isn’t it? All these wealthy (certainly by most of the world’s standards) people jetting around to climate summits, advising an obviously clueless pope – yet none of them seem to have taken their own advice by cutting their carbon footprint and divesting their wealth and power to the masses for “the good of humanity”. I wonder why? Isn’t that what they’re asking, (er, demanding), of us? Maybe they just haven’t gotten around to it yet…

  • TexasBobA

    Cast of losers. ps. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber looks like Applewhite of Heaven’s Gate!!!!!!! CREEPY!

  • JDinMariettaGA

    No surprise the Pope is a sellout. Listening to advice from bed wetting climate alarmists. Hey Padre, work on Catholic priests obsessions with little boys. Thats more of a crisis than a hot summer day followed by a hurricane. Signed, a former Catholic

  • Rad Matic

    Three Jews, a gay Dr Evil and a loony Limey to make the rest of them look respectable.

  • tmorro

    Is there anything worse than potential dictators full of self-hate?

  • HL Mencken

    It’s as clear as the nose on her face that Naomi Oreskes is the archetype for Rush’s # 24 of his
    35 Undeniable Truths: “Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society.”

  • Tom Robbins – St. Louis MO

    You would think that these “Greens” that are too “Yellow” to admit they are “Red”, would be outed as the fascists and communist they are…with every free democratic society dependent on free-markets – but we have become so complacent, so confused by “High level problems” (Gay Marriage, Al Sharpton wanting to sandblast history away, etc.), we are missing the biggest globalist power play ever.. shame on us, shame on both sides of congress, shame on this President making deals with the devil, that represents a Clear and Present Danger to this Nation. This all has been carefully orchestrated. But I have faith the States will draw the line and the people will finally smell a rat – 35% of Americans think Climate Change (man made) is a complete Hoax (Gallup), but they don’t show how many are suspicious – a conservative estimate of 20%, would be good news, as the heat on State governments by the people, can bring this crap down. I would live to see these folks pay for what they have done,, and pay for the treasure they have already pilfered, but I would be satisfied with it crumbling like a house of cards. What I am most afraid of is the Republicans weak response – does it indicate collusion? I think both parties are payed off by the same corporations.

  • Peter

    Note that 4 of the 5 are jews. The bolshevik leaders in the Russian revolution were also jews – and they murdered my wife’s grandfather and male siblings. None of them believe in God, Jesus Christ or personal freedom. So the pope has no credibility by listening to them or repeating their lies.

    • 1CatEye

      Wow, anti-semitism is soooo 1930s. And yes, Jews actually do believe in God. Jesus, not so much.
      And you are a hateful bigot.

      • Oksanna Zoschenko

        I knew that two were. And I thank Peter for pointing this out. I agree with his comments. Peter is not a bigot, rather an interested observer of history and peoples. 1CatEye offers typical weak knee-jerk condemnation. The counterpoint he/she should have offered, in place of the usual calumnious Ashkenazic trope, is this: that many scientists and commentators critical of catastrophic climate change are Jews. Take Richard Lindzen, Nir Joseph Shaviv, Nigel Lawson, Dr Benny Peiser, S. Fred Singer, the late Joel M. Kauffman, Salomon Kroonenberg, etc etc. These prominent Jews are on the side of science, our side, calling out those that put careers or profits ahead of the quest for knowledge.

    • Oliver_K_Manuel

      That is an intriguing observation, Peter

  • Sheshbazzar

    Here is why one wants to push the man-made Global Warming sad joke: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/18988/climate-intervention-reflecting-sunlight-to-cool-earth op-talk.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/20/what-if-we-lost-the-sky/?_r=1

    Of course spraying aerosols in the upper atmosphere will not only reflect sunlight but also prevent heat from escaping earth, ironically an example of man-made global warming. Hence a literal fulfilling of, e.g.,

    And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: (Leviticus 26.19)


    And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise. (Revelation 8.12)

    Why such a Gehenna? Because earth has become a huge Sodom. Yes, the end is very near.

  • Anoneumouse

    In religion, a false prophet is one who falsely claims the gift of prophecy or divine inspiration, or who uses that gift for evilends.

  • Pablo Diablo

    Why are those people(nutjobs) in the driver’s seat and making important changes (misguided and destructive though they are) and driving policy around the world? And why do you people out there simply complain and do nothing?

  • ninetyninepct

    Take a close look at this hans character. He is sitting there thinking to himself that he shut down the ovens too soon.

  • http://www.storyleak.com/2013-year-awakening/ MOLON LABE

    Let us pause and look in his backyard and home first and foremost for insight on this tool!

    Mar 3, 2014 Rome water pollution sparks public ban

    The mayor of Rome has signed a ten-month ban on using the public water in an area north-west of the Italian capital, after tests showed it was contaminated.


    October 8, 2014 The last eel catcher of Rome

    About 75% of the water samples taken in the Lazio region in 2014 contained concentrations of bacteria above the legally prescribed level, according to a survey by the environmental association, Legambiente. Despite the pollution, there has never been a ban on fishing in the Tiber delta.


  • jimdep

    here’s naomi’s twitter address let her know how you feel: https://twitter.com/NaomiOreskes

  • jimdep

    they are called de-growthers. Utter morons!

  • Robmax

    Klein is a well known Marxist Leninist and the rest likely are as well.

  • Joe Fitzgerald

    The environmental ideologues, the “anti-fossil fuelers” (see above) including the UN’s global bureaucracy, INIPCC, UNCGG, UNFCC, UNEP, to name only a few and their sycophants in their blatant power grab have been modeling and predicting apocalyptic disasters for decades and have been proven wrong for decades. Their goal is to establish “global authority” to centralize, control, eliminate “without delay” the global use of fossil fuels. Pres. Obama has joined with them and is implementing their 2030 Agenda roadmap here in the US, to, as he says be a leader for the world to follow. His latest wrongheaded examples are his EPA’s draconian attempt to redefine the “waters of the US”(WOTUS) and to shut down coal fired power plants(CPP). Unfortunately Pope Francis embraces this wrongheaded agenda. St Augustine has a message for Pope Francis, “One does not read in the Gospel that the Lord said; ‘I will send you a Paraclete who will teach you about the course of the sun and the moon’. It also seems Pope Francis with his collectivist approach has ignored Pope John Paul II, a strong champion of free markets and individual freedom. The world’s unmet needs are the problem not MMGW. The solutions require more global fossil fuel use, not less, more global free markets, not less, more global creative human actions, not less, more global individual freedom, not less.

  • Ralph Ellis

    *** Albedo regulation of Ice Ages, with no CO2 feedbacks ***

    My analysis of Ice Age initiation and propagation is now up on the
    Warwick Hughes site. It speculates that the primary feedback for Ice
    Ages was actually albedo, not CO2. The overwhelming power of albedo was
    only overcome when CO2 dropped to dangerously low levels, resulting in
    widespread plant dieback and several millenia of dust storms. These
    dust storms reduced the albedo of the ice sheets, and allowed the
    Interglacial warming periods.

    But Interglacial warming only happened when the precessional Great
    Year’s summer season increased insolation in the northern hemisphere.
    So several components are necessary for an Interglacial — very low
    Co2, plant dieback, dust storms, low ice albedo, and a Great Year
    summer season. So CO2 does falicitate Interglacial warming, but only by
    getting so low that all the plants die !!