Lawmaker: God Will Look After the Climate
Republican says he has confidence in higher power
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2017 1:30 AM CDT
US Rep. Tim Walberg speaks at a town hall meeting in the Jackson County Tower building on Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Jackson, Mich.   (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP)
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(Newser) – President Trump has announced America's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord—and US Rep. Tim Walberg probably isn't losing any sleep over it. The conservative Republican, who represents a district in southern Michigan, says he isn't worried about climate change because if it is happening, a higher power than Trump will take care of it, USA Today reports. "I believe there's been climate change since the beginning of time. I believe there are cycles," he told constituents at a town hall meeting in Coldwater days before Trump's announcement. "Do I think man has some impact? Yeah, of course. Can man change the entire universe? No," he said, per the HuffPost.

"Why do I believe that? Well, as a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us," the 65-year-old lawmaker continued. "And I'm confident that, if there's a real problem, he can take care of it." Walberg also joked that it would be helpful if climate change did something about the cold in Michigan and the humidity in Washington, DC. Some religious leaders don't agree with Walberg's stance on climate change, including Pope Francis, who warned in 2015 that it is an urgent problem that "can no longer be left to a future generation." (Here's what's next regarding Trump's withdrawal from the accord.)

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