The Pope on climate change and economic inequality

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Guests: Naomi Oreskes, Nathan Schneider

In a speech on the White House lawn yesterday, Pope Francis commended President Obama for tackling climate change and stressed the urgency of combating the problem. The pope has been outspoken on the issue of global warming, releasing an encyclical early this year on the environment, called “On Care of our Common Home,” that urged scientists and religious leaders to work together on the issue. Francis has also spoke candidly about global capitalism and its failures, something that has won him praise and criticism. This hour, we take a closer look at the pontiff’s views on climate change and capitalism. Marty begins the hour talking with NAOMI ORESKES, professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and author of the introduction to the print edition of the pope’s environment encyclical. Then, to get a better sense of Francis’ views on economic inequality, poverty and free market economics, we turn to NATHAN SCHNEIDER, a reporter and regular columnist for America magazine, to get a better sense of Francis’ views on economic inequality, poverty and the free market.

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