Why We Don’t Need to Worry About Global Warming March 29, 2009

Why We Don’t Need to Worry About Global Warming

This is Rep. John Shimkus from Illinois. He represents much of the south half of the state (more rural and more Christian).

Here’s Shimkus at a hearing of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment earlier in the week.

Money quote:

The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a flood… God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.

On the up side… he refers to the age of dinosaurs so at least he’s not a Young-Earth-er…?

This is the same man who also embarrassed himself this week by saying this about capping carbon dioxide emissions:

It’s plant food. … So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere? … So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying.

As Matt Yglesias points out,

The point about our CO2 emissions is that the rate at which fossil fuel use puts new carbon into the atmosphere greatly exceeds the rate at which plants remove it. The aim is not to eliminate the CO2 from the atmosphere but to stabilize the amount of CO2, which means curtailing emissions to a level much closer to the rate at which plants consume it.

Shimkus is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, including the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and the Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials.

Who the hell elected him? He’s anti-Evolution, anti-Global Warming, and anti-intellectual.

If you go to his website to look at a map of his district, this is one of the rotating images that comes up:


That’s something to be proud of?

I blame you, Effingham, IL.

(Thanks to Mike for the link!)

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  • Keith

    A couple of things.

    1) How can he quote the bible and claim it as the infallible word of God, and still refer to the age of dinosaurs?

    I know you pointed this out in your post the he is not a YEC, but how does that logic work.

    2) The woman in back looks like she is biting her tongue when he starts quoting the bible.

  • magdalune

    Funny how God will never smite the world the way that this guy doesn’t want him to do.

  • I don’t know about who elected him…who let him out of his padded cell?

  • Crap. I have friends and relatives in his district. I bet most of them voted for him too. Then again, you could run a semi-retarded orangutan on the Republican ticket in that area and win.

  • Harknights

    And to think I was born there.


    I do have to say this. The St. Anthony church picnic they have every summer rocks. Massive beer garden. This spinning wheel dice game thing that you an bet up to a dollar a spin on kicks ass. And the always fun bingo (won $25 once) it is worth the trip if you are near by…at least it did when I was 10. Ahhhhh gabling and being a 10 year old nothing is better.

  • The man clearly needs to be locked up in a padded room.

  • Matt

    He gives a while new meaning to “Eff-bomb.”

  • Just to note, he doesn’t cover all of southern Illinois. I used to live in that area and Rep. Jerry Costello, a Democrat, represents quite a bit of southern Illinois too.

  • mikespeir

    See? Religion ain’t dangerous. Nope.

  • And just when I think we should be embarassed about Gary Goodyear, comes another reminder that things are still worse south of the border ;-).

  • Lyz

    Well, I can say I didn’t elect him (even though I am from the lower (non-Chicago) part of IL. Nope, my district elected prancey-boy Aaron Schock to vote against every effort that could possibly help the people in this rapidly deteriorating pit of a city. Smart folks around here.

  • Wow, his ignorance is scary. Shouldn’t someone try to educate our political leaders about science? I mean, if anyone needs to understand science, aside from scientists themselves, isn’t it the people who make our laws?

  • SarahH

    I can honestly say I don’t care if my government representatives believe stuff like this in their personal lives, but when they let it out in their occupational capacity and act like complete loons, I don’t think they should get to keep their jobs.

  • Brooks

    He reminds me of how the preacher at my parents’ church claimed that environmentalists are arrogant for believing that humanity can destroy the Earth because the bible says God will do it, not man. Then he turned around and added a disclaimer that we should still try to protect the Earth anyway because God said to. So, apparently environmentalists are arrogant for having genuine concerns about the Earth but it’s ok to do so if God says to. Why are people still turning to religious nutjobs as being sources of authority on subjects like these?

  • Iason, don’t bash orangutans. They’re nothing like this guy.

  • Plainfieldrob

    This is my hometown rep (I now live in Plainfield).

    John is a Missouri Synod Lutheran – he is on the board of my old church/school. This is not surprising in the least. A family friend, he is actually a nice guy. But theology will always come before evidence with him…and the Missouri Synod folks take pride in their evolution/global warming denying. He was a teacher at Metro East Lutehran High along side a close family friend. Just to give you a tase of the Missouri Synod – at Metro East they don’t even touch on Evolution in biology class. Skip it entirely – like not even a mention (they only discuss micro-evolution – not speciation, etc). Sad.

    The 19th is both rural and non-rural. Metro East area, especially Collinsville/Edwardsville/O’Fallon is one of the fastest growing areas in the US.

    I went to SIU-Carbondale too and know the Alto Cross well (shown on the icon for District Map). It is a very concervative district to say the least – but like the 14th I live in now, is becoming more liberal with each election. There is hope that Shimkus will be out in the next few elections – they have a growing Democratic Party down there.

    I’m always bummed when my hometown gets such a bad rap. I swear to nobody in particular that we aren’t all like Shimkus!

  • Raul

    I had an acquaintance at SIUC that was from Effingham that did some probation and community service time for shooting that stupid eye-sore of a cross with a shotgun.

  • In my opinion, global warming is so real. Evidences based on scientific research as well first hand observation shows that these weather patterns are very alarming.

    To see a man of cloth (or of some particular brand of religion) saying that Earth will not be affected by it, is like denying our sinful nature and its effect toward the planet!

    Most disasters, ecological damages, disease and epidemics are caused by human nature.

    In Genesis, God told man “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”
    But the way mankind rapes the environment and not conserve it shows great ungovernance!

    Now they want to say that “Earth will be alright, God judgment hasn’t come.”

    Gorramit, God has little to do with this! We’re causing our own planet’s demise!

  • Jen

    Haven’t Illinois’ politicians embarrassed themselves enough lately?*

    *Note: I am totally lying. I enjoyed the freak show that was Blago, and if he wants to come back and be insane again, I will watch.

  • Richard Wade

    Wait a minute. This is the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, right? Shimkus starts off saying,

    “We have members of the clergy here as members of the panel.”

    What panel? What the heck are members of the clergy doing in a discussion about energy and the environment, and about the environmental impact of carbon emissions? I’m already impressed with the Congressman’s expertise in paleo-atmospheric chemistry, but now we have clergy who are climatologists as well? Ah, the wonders of the American educational system.

    Later he says,

    “There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon.”

    A theological debate??

    “Then God said, ‘Let the air be rich with the essence of soot and lamp black, so that the vegetation should partake of it and be abundant, the plants and trees shall grow everywhere.'”

    First Shimkus says that everything is fine on Earth because God has said so, but then he says that something is wrong and the Earth is starving for carbon. I guess he’s framed that theological debate.

    If we find a large asteroid on a collision course with the Earth, are we going to invite clergy to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Saving Our Asses for a theological debate on asteroid deflection? After all, several members of the clergy are probably experts in astrophysics, orbital dynamics and applied mathematics. Do they study this stuff in their spare time, or do they somehow get it all out of the Bible?

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