Sara Pascoe

Sara Pascoe

Just the Facts Ma’am

Is Monty Python Writing This? Earthdate 2017.115

From the Atlantic Magazine Archive 2013

There is a US Congressman who believes we will not be hurt by climate change because God promised Noah, he wouldn’t do that flooding thing again! I really couldn’t make this up.

Yes indeedy, ladies and gents, boys, girls, trans and, pans, John Shimkus, a Republican representing Illinois since 1997, not only believes this, he quoted Scripture in Congress to ‘prove’ his point, Genesis 8:21: “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.”

But wait, there’s more.

This Shimkus is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment in the oldest Committee in the US Congress – the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Well, who else should be in charge of the asylum, but the lunatics?

If his goofy, science denying, but powerful butt thinks Scripture is the only thing he can listen to, well, here’s some for him. In fact the theme of being accountable for our choices runs throughout Scripture.

 So here’s Shimkus baby’s twitter handle. I’m just sayin’. Slowing our race toward the climate precipice has gotta be worth a few tweets to say the least.

 If you’d like Tweet to: @RepShimkus while it’s still a free country here are some ideas.

“He who sows wickedness reaps trouble” (Proverbs 22:8a) .

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23).

“Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you” (Romans 13:3).

“But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load.” (Galatians 6:4-5) 

And hey, I’d visit NYC and Florida while we still can.

Rolling Stone 2016.07.05. Can New York Be Saved in the Era of Global Warming?