Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Speaking of energy...

Illinois Republican Congressional Representative John Shimkus has the following to say about climate change:

Shimkus is on the House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment and hopes to become chair of the House Energy Committee.

I'm not sure where to start.

I love the comment "There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet."  What the hell do theologians know about climate science?  There's no debate among people with PhDs in atmospheric chemistry and other relevant disciplines who've been researching this for decades (no carbon "starvation").

I also like the comment about higher carbon dioxide values in the "Age of the Dinosaurs."  Of course, Shimkus thinks the age of the dinosaurs occurred between the divine creation on October 23, 4004 BC and extended to just after Noah's Flood (since Noah evidently took baby dinosaurs on the ark according to most young-Earth creationists).  I'm sure Shimkus doesn't believe what climatologists also claim about the Cretaceous Period (the time when dinos like T. rex were tromping around).  Global temperatures were several degrees higher and large parts of midcontinent North America were flooded under the Western Interior Seaway (marine fossils in Kansas)!

Anyway, there's no debating people like this - they do not believe what they do because of any evidence, they believe because that's what their hyperliteral view of the Bible tells them.  Personally, I think "batshit crazy" is an appropriate label for this moron but then I'm not feeling very charitable today.

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