Congressman says God will save us from Climate ChangePoland
A Republican congressman who believes that global warming is not a threat because God has promised not to destroy the Earth has put himself forward as chairman of a powerful committee that deals with energy policy and its effect on the environment.
John Shimkus, an evangelical Christian representing Illinois, quoted the Bible in a congressional hearing last year on a proposed "cap and trade" legislation designed to limit carbon emissions.
Reading from God's post-Flood promise to Noah in Genesis 8:21, he said: "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."
Mr Shimkus added: "I believe that's the infallible word of God, and that's the way it's going to be for his creation.
"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 spoke before a theologian and leaders of the Lutheran church who had been invited to testify as witnesses. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives but has been blocked in the Senate.
Following the Republicans dramatic success in last week's midterm elections, every committee in the House will shift from Democratic to Republican leadership in January.
Mr Shimkus, who has served in Congress since 1997, is seeking the leadership of the Energy and Commerce committee, which has a wide-ranging portfolio covering energy policy, environmental initiatives and public health.
In a letter circulated to fellow Republicans, who will vote for committee heads, he said his previous status as a minority member of the committee made him "uniquely qualified among a group of talented contenders" for the top job.
"I believe I have the credentials within the committee to bring fairness, without protests from the other side of the aisle, in its operation," he wrote.
In May 2007, he attracted negative publicity after comparing the Iraq war to a baseball game between his "beloved" St Louis Cardinals and the "much despised" Chicago Cubs.
In 2009 he walked out as President Barack Obama delivered a speech to a joint session of the House and the Senate.
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