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Pope Francis Brought Oil Executives To The Vatican And Demanded They Switch To Clean Energy

By Aimee Lutkin

On Saturday, oil executives were the guest of Pope Francis at the Vatican, in a closed session at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, according to Reuters. The head of the Catholic Church has a recommendation for the people making money off of oil and gas production—clean up, for the good of humanity.

“Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization,” he said, reports The Guardian, calling climate change a problem of "epochal proportions." He asked that the executives move towards clean energy, as it's important for the world to have a mix of energy sources that fight poverty, pollution, and support social justice.

Amongst the oil executives were investors and Vatican experts, all of whom back scientific opinion that it is human activity creating climate change and global warming. Amongst those he addressed were the chairman of Exxon Mobil,  chief executive of Eni, an Italian energy company, and also the chief executive of BP.