A Great Idea: A Global Warming Denier in Charge of the Environment

112_rp_il_19_shimkus_johnUmmmmmm, maybe not the best of ideas ever putting Representative John Shimkus (R ill.) as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Firstly, the man is a well known long-time global warming denier and secondly, Shimkus is a religious loon of the highest order. The House Energy and Commerce Committee oversees legislation related to issues including the supply and delivery of energy, public health, and air quality and environmental health. Three other Republicans  Rep. Joe Barton (Texas), Rep. Fred Upton (Michigan), and Rep. Cliff Stearns (Florida)  are seeking the chairmanship of this committee. Although Shimkus is not likely to win the chair, the mere fact that he is allowed to shamelessly throw his hat into the ring astutely points out the entire lack of credibility that lays within the Republican Party. During an interview with Politico last week Shimkus said, I do believe in the Bible as the final word of God. And I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood.  You think so, John? Ask any of the thousands of environmental scientists out there and see what their take would be on your statement. Here’s the abridged version of their response, Are you out of your fucking mind? The polar ice caps are melting at exponentially growing rates. Hurricanes and tropical storms are growing stronger and larger. Do the words Super Storm Sandy ring a bell?

Here are two more infamous quotes from Shimkus during a congressional hearing in March of 2009 on a proposed cap and trade bill.  “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. 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.”

But folks it gets even better. I’ve saved my personal favorite for last. He also said the cap and trade legislation is “¦..the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever experienced, and would hurt plant life by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air.

It’s plant food. 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.   Spoken like a true coal industry executive, John.

Where does one even begin? The GOP obviously has no fear of the electorate if they can even consider such a buffoon as chairman on the committee that drives environmental policy for the United States. Much like their war on women, everything Obama, the poor and minorities, the Republican party insists on driving forward with policies and decisions that serve only a few while ignoring the wants and needs of large segments of society. Until the day arrives that these backward thinkers are punished at the polls, don’t count on anything changing anytime soon. They will continue along with their self-serving ways only because they have yet to be called to task in any meaningful way. If their insanity is to be slowed and eventually stopped for good it is incumbent upon any of us who are capable of casting a vote to do so and to scream out loud, I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.

If not now, when? The poor and disenfranchised require our support as never before. The environment needs our help as never before. The country is calling for our assistance and we must rally to meet it’s pleas. Start the process in 2014 by removing the naysayers and alarmists from office. Push the agenda of the common sense revolution forward. Then and only then can we perhaps look back at this time in our history and say out loud, “Just what the hell were they thinking?”  Send a message to John Shimkus and his ilk that it is time for them to fade away to the footnotes of history.