Climate Change Isn’t a Threat: God Said So


Under the Democratic-led Congress, action against climate change went essentially nowhere. Under the coming Republican-led Congress, it appears to be headed backward.

Republican Illinois Representative John Shimkus, who according to the New York Times Green blog stands a dark-horse chance of chairing the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has gone so far as to suggest that climate change won’t destroy the planet because God promised Noah it wouldn’t. His 2009 comments, recounted here by London’s Daily Mail, sent a shockwave of amazement through the progressive and environmental blogospheres:

Speaking before a House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing in March, 2009, Shimkus quoted Chapter 8, Verse 22 of the Book of Genesis.

He said: “As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.”

The Illinois Republican continued: “I believe that is the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it is going to be for his creation.

“The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.”

Speaking to Politico after his comments went viral, Shimkus stood behind them, clarifying that while he believes climate change is occurring, he thinks it’s folly to spend taxpayer dollars trying to stop “changes that have been occurring forever.”

See Shimkus’ 2009 remarks on the Bible and climate change in this video:

UPDATE 11/19/2010: At least one brave Republican in Congress concedes that global warming is real and should be aggressively addressed. There’s a problem, though: He’s just been voted out of office.

Sources: New York Times Green, Daily Mail, Politico 

11/19/2010 10:15:17 AM

The bitter socialist was two fold. I know it is bad for dialaouge but the guy got off topic which kinda annoyed me but there was an article online here the other day making light of all tea partiers being racist. And that really annoys me. I like UTNE because I thought they were "forward thinking" but name calling is what breaks down meaningful debate. I am not a republican or a tea partier I just hate that type of rhetoric. So Okay now all lefties are socialist. And all tea partiers are racist, and all pro lifers are women haters and prochoice people are baby killers and capitalist are nazi's and we expect to resolve issues this way?????

11/19/2010 9:41:58 AM

Nice to be back Rodeen. I see you are up to your old tricks fomenting dissent. I applaud everyone here for at least being in the discussions rather than letting all this knowledge and experience lie dormant which accomplishes nothing. Now, about the cows.......

11/19/2010 8:28:38 AM

I have missed you Occum. I have been starting trouble all over the place and silence. The Eco Crazy's really came out on this issue. The one recipe that drives them crazy religion+science= catastrophic liberal meltdown. Of course Christians are against population control I was just being onery. Any true leftist knows that without population control all energy conservation efforts are a complete fraud. Under this eco model if the population issue isnt addressed global warming will never be the big issue. or it will be the bi product of overpopulation. Over population is not a consideration it is the central issue and at the center of the eco movement. And if I was not a man of faith would worry me to know end. YOu dont have to be a scientist to do that math. Anyway nice to have you back occum. I would be happy to discuss why I say bitter socialist in my next post. But it has a lot to do with unhelpful rhetoric I read in another article on this site a few days ago and just felt the need to reciprocate.

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