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God promises a good forecast

GOD'S ALL the environmental policy the U.S. needs.

At least according to Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.), the U.S. representative who is now seeking the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In a video posted on YouTube of a congressional hearing, Shimkus said that humans don't need to worry about rising sea levels caused by global warming--because in the Bible, God promises that he won't send any more catastrophic climate change after Noah and the flood.

"I want to start with Genesis 8, verse 21 and 22," Shimkus said, before proceeding to read:

"Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."

I believe that's the infallible word of God, and that's the way it's going to be for his creation.

The second verse comes from Mathew 24: "And he will send his angels, with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds from one end of the heavens to the other."

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...I do believe God's word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.

In other words, despite the warnings of climate scientists about the very real impact of rising sea levels as a result of global warming, don't worry! God promised no more big floods, so it's all good.

After that little Bible study lesson, Shimkus then launched into a debate about carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere today versus during the "age of the dinosaurs."

In other words, a scientist he is not.

As Juan Cole noted:

About half the newly elected Congressmen are climate deniers (and if past experience is any guide, about a third of them are criminals).

You know how climate change deniers are always saying that in past geological ages carbon dioxide reached 1,000 parts per million or more in the atmosphere, with no dramatic effect on the world's temperatures? Yeah, just an increase of 2.5 to 5 degrees.

At the upper end of that range, the Guardian writes: "According to the government's 2006 Stern review on the economics of climate change, between 7 million and 300 million more people would be affected by coastal flooding each year, there would be a 30-50 percent reduction in water availability in Southern Africa and the Mediterranean, agricultural yields would decline 15 to 35 percent in Africa and 20 to 50 percent of animal and plant species would face extinction. In the UK, the most significant impact would be rising sea levels and inland flooding. Climate modellers also predict there would be an increase in heavy rainfall events in winter and drier summers."

Or, as the gospel song says, "No more water, but fire next time."