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Pope Francis To Discuss Climate Change With Big Oil

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At a time when investors are piling pressure on Big Oil to take climate change seriously, top executives from some of the major global oil companies will be discussing climate change next week at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who called on Catholics in 2015 to join the fight against climate change, Axios reported on Friday, quoting several people familiar with the plans.

According to Axios’s sources, attendees include, among others—BP’s chief executive Bob Dudley; Eldar Sætre, CEO at Equinor (formerly Statoil); Larry Fink, chief executive at the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock; and Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Energy Secretary under President Obama. ExxonMobil will also be represented at the meeting at the Vatican that Pope Francis will be hosting, according to multiple sources who spoke to Axios.

While other spokespersons either declined to comment or didn’t comment on the report, a spokesman for BP told Axios that Dudley was “looking forward to the Vatican dialogue. He believes gatherings of this kind help develop a better understanding of the energy transition and the best ways for corporations, countries and wider society to participate in it.”

A spokesman for Moniz has also confirmed his attendance.

A few months before the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, Pope Francis wrote a so-called papal encyclical letter to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics saying that climate change is real and “Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods.”

The meeting at the Vatican comes just after large global investors—representing a combined US$10.4 trillion worth of assets under management—urged oil and gas companies last month to start acting responsibly in tackling climate change.

“Investors are embracing their responsibility for supporting the Paris agreement. It is time for the entire oil and gas industry to do the same,” sixty large investors wrote in an open letter to the Financial Times.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for


29 Comments on "Pope Francis To Discuss Climate Change With Big Oil"

  1. Sissyfuss on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 9:51 am 

    The cognitive dissonance of Catholics is truly remarkable. While this Pope may be more realistic than any of his predecessors he has been silenced by his surrounding cast in regards to overpopulation and overshoot. Any organization that proclaims to be the authentic voice of God while destroying countless young lives through sexual deviancy is not to be followed.

  2. fmr-paultard on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 10:08 am 

    please sis dear, fathertard francis is the holy father. if supertard is beyond reproach then fathertard francis is even more beyond reproach. my religion is not killing people who offends it so you get a free pass. not so lucky with theo van goth…none of this is “old news” because thereligionofpeace has a recnet piece about boys wanting to chop chop mom

  3. JuanP on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 10:12 am 

    There are some people in the world that actually give a fuck about what this sucker says. I have no respect at all for anyone who believes in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church is one of the most damaging institutions that has existed in human history; they may just get a first place.

  4. fmr-paultard on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 10:29 am 

    please juantard catholic is fastest growing in south america. if it’s not for catholic king of poland john sobrieski europe would’d got their azz up in the air 5 times a day and spain would’d been islamic wihtout reconquista.

    you and master race edrich better pray to holy mother as i do before its too late

    jihadwatch walks you through ramadan in history, better drop that stupidity quick and pick up something useful

  5. JuanP on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 10:47 am 

    Tard, I am a South American, I was baptized as a Catholic, and I know that you are COMPLETELY wrong. The Catholic Church has been losing influence in Latin America for decades and most Latin Americans ignore it completely or pretend to be Catholic while doing whatever they want. Only fools and morons listen to the Catholic Church.

  6. JuanP on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 10:49 am 

    By the way, now that Summer is here I will be spending more time at PO because the South Florida veggie growing season is over.

  7. fmr-paultard on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 10:56 am 

    juantard you’re wrong. i’m a constantinean catholic and it’s impossible to be a catholic. that’s why you’re a failure and so am i. but in general there’s a lot of good. hindu too is a good religion. without it a lot more hundred millin would’d been slaughtered and more recently the trail of tears that came with partition of india.

    i was baptized since birth too and i’m not giving up something my parents gave me. i thought many times of abandoning family and move to phils to find bf’s but no plan actually doing it soon

  8. fmr-paultard on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:04 am 

    may supremetard protect and guide the holy fathertard to speak out on behalf of persecuted christians in the ME

  9. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:09 am 

    Only fools and morons listen to the Catholic Church.
    This is true of South America (most of my experience has been Colombia and Argentina), but intellectually repressed areas like Central America ignorance and superstition are promoted, so Catholicism is still present. However, a peasant in El Salvador is much more politically literate than 99% of the US.

  10. fmr-paultard on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:21 am 

    please juantard you need to till the ground for next year crops. you need to beat teh ground harder for more yield. you’re ignorant of supertard orwell he said agriculturally backward nations are to be dominated. ^mm^ would love to breed your daughter

  11. Davy on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:24 am 

    “However, a peasant in El Salvador is much more politically literate than 99% of the US.”

    Translation. I am 100% literate and want everyone to know it. I hate America and want everyone to know it.

    “so Catholicism is still present.”

    People that attack religions are intellectuall lame. Give me a break and spare me the intellectual drama.

  12. JuanP on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:38 am 

    Duncan, I agree with you that Central America is more socially backward and more religious than South America, but the trend of the Catholic Church losing influence is universal.

  13. JuanP on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:42 am 

    My fields in Miami are planted with Buckwheat and Sunn Hemp as cover crops at the time. I will chop and drop this crops after 30 days and cover them with a silage tarp after that. I have no doubt that if I had a daughter MM would like to rape her or as you put it “breed with her”. LOL!

  14. JuanP on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:44 am 

    People who are religious are extremely intellectually lame, IMO. LOL!

  15. fmr-paultard on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:47 am 

    juantard your name should be abu bakr juantard al ameriki because juanp sounds like it’s derrived from John like john sobieski

  16. MASTERMIND on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:48 am 


    When the cat’s away, the mice will play..

  17. LetMillennialDie on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 11:54 am 

    Lot of millennial losers on the board with no life.

    I present you

    Enjoy millennial losers

  18. MASTERMIND on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 12:07 pm 

    Polls now show clear majority for Remain. Especially the young – the very people whose future is at stake. The Brexit fanatics are now running scared their lollipop is going to be taken away. Scare them some more on the march in London, June 23rd.

    -Richard Dawkins

  19. Duncan Idaho on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 12:51 pm 

    Catholic Church losing influence is universal.
    It is where education and social freedom are rising-
    But backward, totalitarian situations still let it flourish is a diminished form.

  20. JuanP on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 2:19 pm 

    Tard, Your comments are unintelligible sometimes.

  21. Roger on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 2:44 pm 

    Historically, the Roman Catholic church has killed more Christians than Islam ever touched. For the most part, it’s a pagan institution masquerading as Christian. Here’s the facts:

  22. Davy on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 3:02 pm 

    Roger and you are a bible thumping sky dady worshipping Christian, right? Tell me all about your trip to your creationist theme park you guys idolize and we can talk about pagans. I am surprised you didn’t leave us with a verse are two for our daily message.

  23. Roger on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 6:21 pm 

    Davy, yes I am a Christian. Since you asked, here’s a verse:
    “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭NASB‬‬

  24. MASTERMIND on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 6:48 pm 


    Here is my favorite bible verse…

    And then she boiled her son; and ate him..

    -2 Kings 6:29

  25. MASTERMIND on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 7:06 pm 

    Global Oil Fields in Decline (HSBC) “Worlds largest multinational bank”

  26. MASTERMIND on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 7:27 pm 

    One of the more impressive feats of US propaganda is how many Americans have been convinced that their country is simultaneously (A) an unstoppable superpower that should be in charge of the world and (B) a poor widdle victim bullied by Russians, North Koreans and terrorists..

  27. MASTERMIND on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 7:47 pm 

    George W Bush suggested we use “switch grass” to meet our energy needs..

    You can’t make this stuff up..

  28. Roger on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 8:18 pm 

    Mastermind, thanks for the verse…quite appropriate in the context of paganism. You’d think we’d learn…but the heart rules the mind.

  29. Sissyfuss on Tue, 5th Jun 2018 9:54 pm 

    So Roger, you’re saying that your rendition of Christianity is the one true interpretation which is exactly what the Catholics are saying to you. I’m so glad I’m leaning towards Mormonism plus the underwear is spiffy.

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