Global warming can’t destroy humanity because flood won’t kill mankind, GOP congressman says
Representative John Shimkus (R-IL), who said he opposed cap and trade legislation because God would not allow the Earth to be destroyed by global warming, is seeking the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Shimkus is one of four Republicans vying to head the committee, which oversees legislation related to public health, air quality and environmental health, the supply and delivery of energy, and interstate and foreign commerce in general. He is not favored to win; the likely chairman will probably be Michigan Republican Fred Upton (R-MI)
He has served on the committee since he was first elected to represent 19th District of Illinois in 1997.
“I do believe in the Bible as the final word of God,” Shimkus told Politico Wednesday. “And I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood.”
During a congressional hearing in March of 2009 on a proposed cap and trade bill, Shimkus quoted Genesis, saying, “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.”
“I believe that’s the infallible word of God, and that’s the way it’s going to be for his creation,” he added. “The Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this Earth. This Earth will not be destroyed by a Flood. I do believe that God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect.”
He also said the cap and trade legislation, which he says is the “largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever experienced,” would hurt plant life by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.
“It’s plant food,” Shimkus said. “So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?… So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying.”
Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL) are also seeking the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
All four Republicans have vowed to repeal the health care reform laws passed by Congress.
“Clearly, the American people are looking for us to repeal and replace Obamacare while ensuring basic health care principles that will improve health care delivery for all of us,” Shimkus writes in a letter to Representative John Boehner (R-OH). “The time for debate is over and a vote to repeal and replace it should be something the House of Representatives addresses in the first week of the 112th Congress.”
“I believe that I have the credentials within the Committee to bring fairness, without protests from the other side of the aisle,” he writes.
In 2007, Shimkus provoked a flurry of criticism by comparing the Iraq war to a baseball game between his “beloved” St. Louis Cardinals and the “much despised” Chicago Cubs.
Below is video of Rep. John Shimkus saying “Man will not destroy this Earth” during a congressional hearing in March of 2009.
How Democratic women drove the 2018 blue wave
After Hillary Clinton lost to a talking yam with criminal tendencies in 2016, a number of people got antsy about the idea that the country was really ready yet to embrace women in politics. But a huge number of Democratic women rejected that narrative and instead decided that the solution was for more women to run for office. The result? A record-setting number of women elected to Congress and a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives.
This artivcle first appeared in Salon.
Pence adviser says that Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian president was ‘unusual and inappropriate’
Jennifer Williams, a Special Adviser on Europe and Russia issues for Vice President Mike Pence's foreign policy team, told congressional investigators that she viewed President Donald Trump's July 25th phone call to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky as "unusual and inappropriate." Williams had listened in on the phone call while it was happening, and a whistleblower revealing the controversial contents of that call prompted the current impeachment inquiry into Trump.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Jim Jordan childishly refuses to condemn Trump’s Ukraine call: ‘Democrats have been out to get the president’
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump should not be impeached because he never completed his quid pro quo with Ukraine.
During an interview on CBS, host Margaret Brennan explained that Trump only released aid to Ukraine after a whistleblower came forward with allegations that he was trying to bribe the country's president to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
"Most important, the Ukrainians did nothing, as far as investigations go, to get the aid released," Jordan opined. "There was never this quid pro quo, that the Democrats all promise existed before President Trump released the phone call."