WikiLeaks: U.S. turned the pope into its enforcer on Copenhagen climate talks
The Vatican agreed to help the United States in behind-the-scenes lobbying of states to join the Copenhagen Accord on climate change, a US embassy cable published by WikiLeaks showed Thursday.
The cable reported a meeting between diplomats at the US embassy to the Holy See and a Vatican official in charge of climate change talks, who “agreed to encourage other countries discreetly to associate themselves with the Accord.”
“‘Green’ pope supports US path forward from Copenhagen,” the cable said.
According to Agence France-Presse, this is the first of pope-related leaks that will be dribbling out …
Including that The Vatican might make an electric popemobile:
He emphasized the need to protect the environment in a New Year’s Day speech this year and has had solar panels installed in the Vatican. The Vatican is even thinking of launching an electric version of his famous “popemobile.”
Check out The Guardian‘s coverage of other WikiLeaks climate cables:
- The alternative climate proposal that has developing countries outraged
- E.U. president says Cancún climate talks are doomed
- How the U.S. used spies and threats to get support for the Copenhagen Accord
- More details on how the U.S. squelched opposition to the Copenhagen Accord