Fundamentalist Republican wants to chair House Energy Committee
Is this guy for real? John Shimkus (R), Illinois, wants to chair the House Energy Committee and he uses biblical rationale to dismiss humans’ impact on the planet? This is downright scary, folks.
No worries, God’s promise to Noah is all we need?
Here’s an excerpt of an article from The Daily Mail:
A Republican congressman hoping to chair the powerful House Energy Committee refers to the Bible and God on the issue of global warming.
Representative John Shimkus insists we shouldn’t concerned (sic) about the planet being destroyed because God promised Noah it wouldn’t happen again after the great flood.
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.
He added: ‘Today we have about 388 parts per million in the atmosphere. I think in the age of dinosaurs, when we had the most flora and fauna, we were probably at 4,000 parts per million. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet — not too much carbon. And the cost of a cap-and-trade on the poor is now being discovered.’