'The planet won't be destroyed by global warming because God promised Noah,' says politician bidding to chair U.S. energy committee

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 12:31 PM on 10th November 2010


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 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.'
Quizzed: Illinois Republican Representative John Shimkus answers questions for reporters after appearing before the House ethics committee

Quizzed: Illinois Republican Representative John Shimkus answers questions for reporters after appearing before the House ethics committee

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.'

The Republican is a vocal opponent to President Obama's American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 - the so-called 'cap-and-trade' Bill, aimed at limiting carbon emissions.

The Bill passed the House of Representatives last year, but has yet to pass the Senate.
Reference point: Mr Shimkus is a member of the Lutheran Church and believes the Bible is the actual word of God

Reference point: Mr Shimkus is a member of the Lutheran Church and believes the Bible is the actual word of God

A Nasa thermal satellite image showing the world's arctic surface temperature trends during autumn between 1981 and 2008. Temperatures have increased over the Arctic due to dramatic recent decline in sea ice cover

A Nasa thermal satellite image showing the world's arctic surface temperature trends during autumn between 1981 and 2008. Temperatures have increased over the Arctic due to dramatic recent decline in sea ice cover

Shimkus, who has served on the committee since 1997, will likely be competing against Texas Representative Joe Barton and Michigan Congressman Fred Upton for the leadership.

In a letter to fellow Republican Congressmembers, Shimkus says: 'I believe I have the credentials within the Commitee to bring fairness, without protests from the other side of the aisle, in its operation.'

He adds that 'now is not the time to moderate or compromise on our most deeply held values'.

It is not the first time Shimkus has sparked surprise. In May 2007, he compared the Iraq war to a baseball game between his 'beloved' St Louis Cardinals and the 'much despised' Chicago Cubs.

He also hit the headlines in 2009 when he walked out as President Obama delivered a speech to a joint session of the House and the Senate.

The Committee on Energy and Commerce, to give it its full title, is one of the oldest standing committees of the United States House of Representatives having been established in 1795.

It takes a central role in formulating U.S. policy on climate change and global warming.

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Comment by Jason on November 11, 2010 at 8:25am
Men like this who hold political office - scare me.
Comment by Dawn McCain on November 11, 2010 at 9:18am
I have to admit - I did not see that coming. Even in my most cynical degradations of Christianity, it never occurred to me to claim that the story of Noah's Ark could result in the destruction of the world.
Comment by Laura Foster on November 11, 2010 at 11:12am
@Jason:

The number of people who vote for men like this for political office scare me more.
Comment by Matt Coulthurst on November 11, 2010 at 5:54pm
I would think that if this man, or anyone like him, should actually become a driving force in the American government - by chairing a House committee for example - that he would represent a clear and present danger to every living being on the planet.
Comment by Steven on November 11, 2010 at 6:14pm
Comment by M on November 11, 2010 at 7:08pm
This always brings the sarcasm out in me. I can't even think of anything remotely non-sarcastic to say.
Comment by Jason Paisley on November 11, 2010 at 9:42pm
Well i've heard it since the Tea Party started "Our focus is on the economy." but now that they are elected the evangelical teeth come out. The Republican Party is on a mission to destroy the world and all the progress science and society has made to do it in the name of god and country and the sound of the applause from the willfully ignorant.

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