05/10/2013 03:11 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Climate Chatter - May 10

2009-07-28-cherriesusda.jpg Some views on floods, God, climate change and politics. From left to right: Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), Former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Fighting fire with fire or fire and brimstone? Members of Congress on the Bible and climate change.

The earth will end only when God declares it is time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a Flood.


--Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) on why climate change is not of concern, at a March 25, 2009 House hearing [pdf] before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment (video ~1:08)

I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say that the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.


--Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) on April 10, 2013, at a hearing on H.R. 3 on the Keystone Pipeline [See video ~1:03:44]

Somewhere along the way, conservatism became, ‘I’ve got a God-given right to drive my SUV wherever I want to go, and we’ll send somebody else’s kids to the Middle East to fight for it.’


--Former Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) now of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, which is working toward a carbon tax solution (Source: Houston Chronicle, April 26, 2013)

Remember the story of the man trapped in his house during a huge flood? A faithful man, he trusted God to save him. As the waters began to rise in his house, his neighbor came by and offered him a ride to safety and he said, I'm waiting for God to save me. ...

Well, eventually the floodwaters swept over the roof and the man was drowned.

When the man reached heaven, he had some questions for God - God, he asked, didn't I trust in you to save me? ...

God answered: I sent you a pickup truck, I sent you a boat, I sent you a helicopter, you refused my help.

Just as God sent the pickup truck, the boat, and the helicopter to the drowning man, he has sent us everything we need to solve this carbon pollution problem. We just refuse. We just refuse. Some of us even deny that the floodwaters are rising.


--Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), May 8, 2013 speech (See video ~11:28)

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