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Vatican contemplates legal action following failure of ‘climate forest’

April 23, 2010

Three years after it was announced that the planting of a forest in Hungary would allow the Vatican would become the world’s first carbon-neutral state, the Vatican is contemplating legal action over the failure of the project.

Cardinal Paul Poupard, then president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, accepted a donation in 2007 from Planktos, Inc., and KlimaFa to plant enough trees to offset the Vatican’s carbon-dioxide emissions. Following the failure of Planktos, not a single tree has been planted, leading the mayor of an impoverished Hungarian village to lament, “We felt honored because the Vatican chose our village. Now we feel sorry.”

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Apr. 28, 2010 10:28 AM ET USA

    How much of my annual Peter's Pence donation went toward this environmentalist boondoggle?

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Apr. 23, 2010 12:30 PM ET USA

    Why is the Holy See buying into junk science? Ridiculous.