- Associated Press - Sunday, June 28, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Prominent Roman Catholics in Wyoming agree with Pope Francis’ calls to better care for the Earth in his recent letter on the environment.

But some take issue with other parts of the pontiff’s message on the climate.

The Holy Father’s encyclical discussed the culture of consumerism, poverty and global warming.

Wyoming is the nation’s No. 1 producer of coal in the United States and is fifth in natural gas and eighth in oil.

Wyoming Catholic College President Kevin Roberts says in a statement he agreed with parts of the encyclical but found troubling the pope’s blaming of free markets on environmental decline.

Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1SVDCT3 ) that he’s concerned parts of the pope’s letter could be misused by “global alarmists” and others.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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