Bonner Cohen on Pope Francis’s Climate Change Encyclical

Will Pope Francis’s climate change encyclical make an impact around the world? Bonner Cohen of the National Center for Public Policy Research and Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution had a thoughtful conversation about the possible impact of the Pope’s comments.

“Millions of Catholics live in parts of the world which are very vulnerable,” noted Cohen. “What we really don’t want to do, I think, is impose policies that would deny these people access to electricity or make their access to electricity more difficult. That’s where I think the Pope has to be very very careful here, because if he favors policies that will ultimately put some of the good things about the modern life out of the reach of the most vulnerable, he will ultimately wind up perpetuating poverty and putting himself behind policies that will lead to shorter life expectancies, and that’s not something I think any of us want.”

This short excerpt from the Al Jazeera America program “Inside Story with Ray Suarez” broadcast on 6/24/15 and featuring National Center senior fellow Bonner Cohen has been posted under fair use guidelines for the purpose of non-profit, educational public debate by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a 501(c)(3) educational foundation under the Internal Revenue Code. For more discussion of these issues, please visit:



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