Climate Change

The Pope's Tricky Argument on Climate

His argument is strong on moral conviction, weak on economic analysis.

Dislikes consumerism.

Photographer: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images

This week, Pope Francis is expected to implore both the U.S. Congress and the UN General Assembly to take aggressive steps to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. His thinking on this issue is not simple alarm over climate change. It involves an extraordinary combination of passionate environmentalism, concern for the poor, skepticism about economics and apparent hostility to "profits." All this makes for an impressive but occasionally awkward argument. 

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