Energy Committee Chairman Candidate Says Bible Shows No Catastrophic Climate Change Can Occur
November 10, 2010
Many have wondered what the newly elected Congress will hold for scientific research and the intersection of science and public policy. Unfortunately, prospects look dim.
Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), who will seek the Energy and Commerce Committee chairmanship, stated in a committee hearing in March that the world need not worry about climate change because God promised in the Bible not to destroy the world. As "evidence," Shimkus cited multiple biblical passages, from Genesis to Matthew, as the infallible Word of God.Shimkus further added that "There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet - not too much carbon."
Shimkus' views are in keeping with the general views of Tea Party members, more than half of whom are conservative evangelical Christians , and who are much more likely than the general public to deny scientific findings about the existence and effects of global warming.
A YouTube video of Shimkus' statement appears below. Please excuse the unfortunate use of expletive subtitles in the video. According to this website , an original, unadulterated video was inexplicably pulled from the web.