Nothing should surprise me any more, but the video above (via Juan Cole) is just shocking. In it, Rep. John Shimkus, who wants to run the House Energy and Commerce Committee, explains his reasons for rejecting the existence of climate change. He starts by citing Genesis, in which a post-Flood God promises never again to “destroy all living creatures,” then cites Matthew’s claim that humanity’s end will only come by God’s hand, not by our own doing. He then argues, implausibly, that carbon dioxide was persistently around 4000 parts per million during the age of the dinosaurs. It’s true that some measures place it in that range during the Jurassic, but not persistently and that estimate is probably an outlier.
“There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet,” he concludes.
This is not how the Energy and Commerce Committee should be run.