But I agree that it was foolish of the pope to come out with this. I would hope that he realizes that following his advice would condemn about a third of the world population to remaining abysmally poor with little hope of improvement. Their only hope in that regard is cheap energy that is consistently available. The only two sources that fit that are fossil and nuclear. Wind and solar simply don't cut it. And so far biofuels have only exacerbated the CO2 problem while raising the cost of available energy.
I guess I'm not sure of which advice you are speaking. I have read the document in fits and starts. He doesn't every bring up wind power and solar power is mentioned, but he tempers it referring to (if I remember correctly) needs to advance the technology to make the transition affordable. There is mention to nuclear but I'm not sure it's with regard to power, though I agree that nuclear power is the way to go. Fossil fuels are bad for the environment, but each to it's own degree.
Here is an excerpt of something of interest:
52.The foreign debt of poor countries has become a way of controlling them, yet this is not the case where ecological debt is concerned. In different ways, developing countries, where the most important reserves of the biosphere are found, continue to fuel the development of richer countries at the cost of their own present and future. The land of the southern poor is rich and mostly unpolluted, yet access to ownership of goods and resources for meeting vital needs is inhibited by a system of commercial relations and ownership which is structurally perverse. The developed countries ought to help pay this debt by significantly limiting their consumption of non-renewable energy and by assisting poorer countries to support policies and programmes of sustainable development. The poorest areas and countries are less capable of adopting new models for reducing environmental impact because they lack the wherewithal to develop the necessary processes and to cover their costs. We must continue to be aware that, regarding climate change, there are differentiated responsibilities
. As the United States bishops have said, greater attention must be given to “the needs of the poor, the weak and the vulnerable, in a debate often dominated by more powerful interests”.31
We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family. There are no frontiers or barriers, political or social, behind which we can hide, still less is there room for the globalization of indifference.
31 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good
(15 June 2001).