Dispatches from the Creation Wars

James Inhofe, probably the single craziest person in the U.S. Senate, has a list of 700 “prominent scientists” who oppose global warming. Like the Discovery Institute’s similar list involving evolution, there are some real laughers on the list. Like this one:

One of the listed prominent scientists is Chris Allen, who holds no college degree, believes in creationism and belongs to a Southern Baptist church.

Allen is a weatherman at the FOX-affiliated TV station in Bowling Green, Ky.

Wait. It gets better.

On pages 227-228 of the report, Inhofe identified Allen as a meteorologist and quoted from his “scientific writing”–a blog–about global warming.

“[J]ust because major environmental groups, big media and some politicians are buying this hook, line and sinker doesn’t mean as a TV weatherperson I am supposed to act as a puppy on a leash and follow along,” wrote Allen. “All of this (global warming alarmism) is designed to get your money and then guilt you in to how you live your life.”

Inhofe doesn’t quote other segments from Allen’s blog, however.

“My biggest argument against putting the primary blame on humans for climate change is that it completely takes God out of the picture,” he wrote on Feb. 7, 2007.

“It must have slipped these people’s minds that God created the heavens and the earth and has control over what’s going on. (Dear Lord Jesus … did I just open a new pandora’s box?) Yeah, I said it. Do you honestly believe God would allow humans to destroy the earth He created? Of course, if you don’t believe in God and creationism then I can see why you would easily buy into the whole global warming fanfare. I think in many ways that’s what this movement is ultimately out to do–rid the mere mention of God in any context,” wrote Allen.

“What these environmentalists are actually saying is ‘we know more than God– we’re bigger than God–God is just a fantasy–science is real … He isn’t … listen to US!’ I have a huge problem with that,” said Allen, a member of Hillvue Heights Church, whose pastor is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an adjunct faculty member of Campbellsville University, a Kentucky Baptist university.

The list also includes a retired professor with no training in climate science who says that the earth “couldn’t be more than 10,000 years old.” And these names were listed as “prominent scientists” in an actual Senate report.