This is Representative John Shimkus, Republican from Illinois. He serves on the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, a body which considers, among other things, global warming and climate change.
Below is a clip of Representative Shimkus speaking on March 25 in the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. He is expressing his view that global warming is not happening because….. wait for it… the Bible says so.
That's right. God had declared in the Bible that He would not destroy the Earth again in a flood, therefore there was no threat of worldwide flood from global warming.
Look, I'm not knocking God or the Bible. But I do think we run into serious trouble when biblical interpretation dictates environmental policy…. or any policy coming out of Washington, for that matter.
Shimkus also believe, contra scientific evidence, that limiting CO2 in the atmosphere is a bad thing because plant life thrives on CO2. Therefore, he says, capping Co2 emissions will kill plants. Nice theory, but not true.
Shimkus, by the way, was aware of the Mark Foley scandal (where House Representative Mark Foley was making advances to teenage male congressional pages) years before the story broke. He knew of it, but didn't inform anyone of it.
UPDATE: On Republican Senator James Inhofe gets the runner-up award, for saying today on the Senate floor that global warming can't exist because his home state of Oklahoma just got a snowstorm.
I loved how he prefaced his remarks about "not getting into the science". Yeah.