Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Bible proves there's no need to worry about climate change, says US congressman running for key energy chair

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Noah: God told him it was a one-off
One of the likely knock-on effects of last week's Republican victory in the US mid-term elections is that the impetus for the US to take firm action against global warming will dwindle even more than it already has in the year since last year's failed Copenhagen summit. Quite how much it dwindles remains to be seen, but it seems fair to assume that the environmental cause would not be boosted if Illionois Republican congressman John Shimkus manages to secure the position of chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

As Salon point out, Shimkus has previously stated in Congress that the words of God to Noah in the Book of Genesis indicate that climate change is nothing to worry about:
Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.

As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.
 That passage (Genesis 8, verses 21-22), Shimkus told a congressional hearing in March 2009, shows that we can all relax:
"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."
As Salon say, this would almost be funny, if Shimkus wasn't running for a position where he could play a key role in determining US government energy policy. He's up against several other prominent Republicans, so watch this space (and perhaps check the Bible for signs that he won't succeed).

Here's the video from March last year.

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