- Feb 23, 2020
Nearly two dozen Catholic entities have joined other investors in urging major oil and natural gas producing companies to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rollback of standards governing greenhouse gas emissions.
Pope Francis urged oil industry executives to address the challenge of developing clean, renewable energy sources.
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said although there is no special religious teaching concerning renewable energy in Catholic tradition, the concept of creation is very important for Christianity.
Two religious communities have withdrawn shareholder resolutions filed with Midwest electric utilities after the companies announced they would publish climate risk assessment reports.
Bishop Peter Musikuwa told the president of Malawi the country needs to fix its power supply problem, because it is affecting economic growth in the country. In Malawi, over 90 percent of power comes from hydroelectric dams, but lack of investment in infrastructure has led to rolling blackouts, which hurt not only businesses, but also the nation’s hospitals and other medical facilities.
Pope Francis told the World Expo 2017 that the way we use energy resources is a sign of how well we are carrying out the task that has been entrusted to us by God, “namely to care for the world around us and for our fellow human beings of every time and place.” The Expo is taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan, and has the theme “Future Energy.”