11 November 2010

'Planet Won't Be Destroyed Because God Promised Noah' - Politican Bidding to Chair US Energy Committee

For those of you of faith, of any kind, this is not an attack on faith - in fact, there are very many faith and religious groups who are working towards sustainable futures and acknowledging the need for humanity to act as stewards of the Earth, for other species, future generations etc.

But I think it is fair to say - we need a bit more than this at this stage of the game.

It would be very funny, worthy of Monty Python, if it were not so damn frightening.

Excerpt from the Daily Mail, 10 November 2010

'A Republican congressman hoping to chair the powerful House Energy Committee refers to the Bible and God on the issue of global warming.

Representative John Shimkus insists we shouldn't concerned about the planet being destroyed because God promised Noah it wouldn't happen again after the great flood.

Speaking before a House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing in March, 2009, Shimkus quoted Chapter 8, Verse 22 of the Book of Genesis.

He said: 'As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.'

The Illinois Republican continued: 'I believe that is the infallible word of God, and that's the way it is going to be for his creation.

'The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.'...

The Committee on Energy and Commerce, to give it its full title, is one of the oldest standing committees of the United States House of Representatives having been established in 1795.

It takes a central role in formulating U.S. policy on climate change and global warming....'

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