A leading contender to chair the House Energy Committee has plucked his position on climate change straight from the pages of Genesis. People shouldn't worry about the planet being destroyed, Rep. John Shimkus testified last year, because God promised Noah after the flood that he wouldn't destroy the planet again. "As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease," the Illinois Republican said confidently, quoting Chapter 8, Verse 22 of Genesis.
"I believe that is the infallible word of God, and that's the way it is going to be for his creation," Shimkus continued. "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." Shimkus, who has served on the committee since 1997, will likely be competing against Texas Rep. Joe Barton and Michigan Rep. Fred Upton for the leadership, Politico notes.