Friday, 12 November 2010

Well, that's OK then (no, not really: run, Americans)

God, it turns out, won't allow global warming, so we can all stop worrying and spending money on environmental projects.

Says who?

Says, John Shimkus.


Ah. This is where it gets a little worrying. He's. Well. He's the US Congressman who's running for the Chairman's position on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. If he wins, he's the most powerful man in the world on environmental matters, because he can block anything Obama proposes, and can try to repeal the pathetic environmental laws already in place in the USA (by far the biggest polluter on earth per capita).

Shimkus has also called an energy bill incorporating cap and trade measures for carbon emissions as the "largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I've ever experienced."  His position on carbon emissions includes the belief that reducing carbon dioxide will be detrimental for plant life.

In a way, he's actually an improvement on most Christian Republican loons. Many of those who are actually persuaded that global warming is happening (a minority) think that climate change is part of the End Times and shouldn't be prevented: it's God's will.

I think I'll go back to bed. For ever.


neal said...

I’m not getting the sound on this Vole.

I’m beginning to think that the Republicans just see climate change as another way to make money. More resource wars, more disease = more ways to make profit from an increasing amount vulnerable people. And they’ll be ok because they’ll be able to afford to protect themselves. Scary.

Not sure about overall pollution, but the USA is the 5th biggest producer of GHG emissions per capita after UAE, Singapore, Kuwait and Australia.

The Plashing Vole said...

Weird - I am. Got the speakers on? His opening statement is from Genesis. Oh dear, oh dear.

neal said...

Mmm, that is weird. I get sound if I play anything else on YouTube so it's not my speakers.

Does he say this bit by any chance:
and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

intelliwench said...

Ever since last Wednesday morning, my reflection in the mirror more and more resembles "The Scream." Not flattering at all...

intelliwench said...

Oh, you might get a kick out of this (just ignore the frightening header artwork - it's all in jest, really!):

The Plashing Vole said...

Great link intelliwench.
Neal - no, he rambles on about 21-22, 'Never again will I curse man… day and night will never cease' and Matthew 24 'And he will send his angels… and gather his elect'. Appalling.