If you are truly worried about the effects a warming planet will have on future generations, relax; the Big Guy Upstairs has it all under control.
A video of Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) is making its way around the Internet. In the two-and-a-half minute clip (posted below), Shimkus uses scripture to explain his belief that the Earth will end only when, “God declares it is time to be over.” Shimkus then continues to quote the Book of Mark, saying: “Man will not destroy this Earth, and this Earth will not be destroyed by a flood.”
Shimkus’ quotes refer directly to the Bible story of the great flood. If I remember correctly, God was unhappy with humanity because they were being jerks, so he decided to flood them out. But God thought Noah was a good guy, so he advised Noah to help humanity and all the creatures of the world survive (excluding unicorns) by building an ark.
After his Capitol Hill Bible study, Shimkus went on to talk about how carbon levels in the atmosphere were much higher during the time of the dinosaurs. Shimkus did not have any quotes from the Bible about what caused their demise.
So why am I, a political blogger, telling you this? Because Shimkus is waging a campaign to become the chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee.
His main competition for the post is Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), who has chaired the committee in the past and has been the committee's ranking member for the last four years. Barton made headlines of his own earlier this year when he apologized to BP for the company’s oil spill. Barton wants to hold hearings about the Obama administration's plan to regulate carbon emissions.
As for Shimkus, he told Politico that he believes climate change is real but worries about "trying to spend taxpayer dollars on something that you cannot stop versus the changes that have been occurring forever."