Notre Dame News | June 15, 2018
University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on Monday (June 11) commended the world’s leading energy executives for joining Pope Francis over the weekend in a serious exploration of how to transition from fossil fuels while providing new sources of energy for the additional 2.4 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by mid-century.
“Even after the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, the Vatican conference demonstrated the continued appetite for reduced carbon dioxide emissions by those with the most at stake financially,” Father Jenkins said. “The world’s leading oil and gas executives demonstrated a commendable willingness to sit down to discuss real solutions with the man who at times could be their severest critic.”
He also congratulated faculty at the Mendoza College of Business, including emeritus professor Leo Burke, current dean Roger Huang and former dean Carolyn Woo, for successfully sponsoring the historic conference.
“They managed to assemble for the first time in one place those people best positioned to respond to Francis’ environmental challenges as articulated in Laudato Si’,” Father Jenkins said. “They also made real Mendoza’s mission of making business a force for good in the world.
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