Sunday, December 26, 2010

"The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth."

That was U.S. Republican Congressman John Shimkus last year. On an unfortunately related note, Shimkus apparently wants to chair the House Energy Committee.

It gets even better. Aside from his contention that we don't need to worry about man's activity having the potential to destroy the planet because only his god can do that, Shimkus went on to inform the Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment that...
"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."
Yes, folks, this is the kind of thing that apparently informs the Energy and Environment policy of the most powerful, largest resource using, and highest energy consuming nation on the plant. Try not to spend any significant amount of time thinking about this stuff right before bedtime.


Anonymous said...

A "theological debate"? Um, this is science, not theology, and there is NO debate. Why is this ass even speaking in public?

Audrey II said...

"A "theological debate"? Um, this is science, not theology, and there is NO debate."

True, but you'd be surprised at how many conservatives insist that theology speaks with equal authority about the natural world, and is an "equally valid way of knowing" about reality.

"Why is this ass even speaking in public?"

Because U.S. conservatives elect him. Telling, isn't it?

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