Last week the Pope held a two-day conference at the Vatican on climate change, to which he invited representatives of the oil majors: Exxon Mobil, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Equinor and Pemex.
In his address he stated:
“Climate change is a challenge of “epochal proportions” and that the world must convert to clean fuel.” He went on to say, “Civilisation requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilisation.” He also condemned climate change sceptics and blamed human selfishness for global warming. He added that the world needs to come up with sources of energy that combat pollution, eliminates poverty and promotes social justice.
The text of his speech can be found at:
Whilst he is to be applauded for raising the profile of climate change issues, none of the reports on this conference that I have found, give any indication of what responses were made by the oil giants to his message.
Analysts estimate that at least two thirds of coal, oil and gas reserves need to stay in the ground to keep global warming below 2 degrees Centigrade.