Wingnut: God Driving Climate Change


Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida is clearly bucking for a seat on the House Science Committee, for which a prerequisite for all Republican members seems to be total ignorance of science and fundamentalist religious beliefs. He repeats the lie that scientists thought we were headed toward an ice age “just a few years ago” and says that God is behind it all.

“I have scientists that I rely on, the scientists that I rely on say our climate has changed,” Miller said. “Look, it wasn’t just a few years ago, what was the problem that existed? It wasn’t global warming, we were gonna all be an ice cube. We’re not ice cubes. Our climate will continue to change because of the way God formed the Earth.”

Oh, and he wants to abolish the EPA so that there’s no federal regulation at all of what can be dumped into our waters or pumped into the air — probably because he thinks pollution will go away if we just pray hard enough. I’m getting really tired of elected officials who think prayer is good public policy and who use religious nonsense to justify their positions.

Comments

  1. raven says

    Oregon’s GOP Chair Wants to Sprinkle Nuclear Waste From Airplanes.

    Oh gee.

    That guy again. Art Robinson is a poly-crackpot.

    He is a creationist. He also hates public education and wants to abolish the school system.

    He lost against Peter Defazio in the last House election but did well, considering who he is.

  2. raven says

    Wingnut: God Driving Climate Change

    Which just shows what we’ve already seen.

    God hates fundie xians!!!

    Two of the most vulnerable cities to climate change are Miami and New Orleans. It’s estimated that the coastal 10% of Louisiana will be under water by 2100. And most of Florida, the gulf coast, and the southern Atlantic coast are also vulnerable to sea level rises. A lot of those areas are not only low lying but sinking as well.

    These areas are all part of fundieland. QED.

  3. grumpyoldfart says

    I’m getting really tired of elected officials who think prayer is good public policy and who use religious nonsense to justify their positions.

    What about giving the population a proper education? It’s an old trick but it just might work.

  4. Pierce R. Butler says

    raven @ # 3 – Huh?

    Miami is a liberal bastion, being the southernmost borough of New York City.

    And New Orleans, as all patriots know, is 100% welfare queens & faggosexuals!

  5. Synfandel says

    All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean…

    So what if it would build up in the food chain until it became lethal to the top predators? Sharks are a menace anyway, as proven by Sharknado.

    Oh, wait, we are the top predators. Never mind.

  6. skinnercitycyclist says

    Now, don’t go dissing Art Robinson. I felt a certain ennui after the election last November, knowing Art would probably not have another go at Peter DeFazio (Oregon 4th District), and now the Oregon GOP have actually made Art their chair! Art is always entertainingly clueless, the saga of his son’s running a stalking-horse campaign against Peter in the Democratic primary was too precious and diabolical at the same time. Bring on the radiation, Art is a scientician, he knows what he is doing!

  7. eric says

    He repeats the lie that scientists thought we were headed toward an ice age “just a few years ago”

    Just being a pedant, here, but technically we are IN an ice age. The interglacial period of an ice age, to be exact. “Ice age” is when there is free standing ice, year round, anywhere on the earth at sea level. We have that at both poles, so this is an ice age.

    Not that this makes his comments any less stupid. But its important to help people understand just how hot other eras of the earth have been and arguably how hot the earth “normally” is. When the dinosaurs roamed, there was no year-round ice at either pole. (Not that this is an anti-AGW rant. We don’t want that “normal” and it would be horrible for our civilzation.)

  8. says

    I’m getting really tired of elected officials who think prayer is good public policy and who use religious nonsense to justify their positions.

    “Getting”?? You still have some room for their nonsense?

    All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean…

    Look, I am no expert homeopath, but won’t this dilution make the waste even more powerful!??

  9. D. C. Sessions says

    What about giving the population a proper education? It’s an old trick but it just might work.

    It would, and that’s why the South has always done whatever it could to prevent public education.

  10. scienceavenger says

    Adding ot the pedantry…This notion that there is a conflict between heading for a (more) ice age and AGW just shows the problem with vast time spans people have who were raised to think of 6,000 years as a long time. Not to mother earth it isn’t. Both the ice age and AGW theories are correct, but one runs on a cycle measured in 10,000 year increments and the other in terms of decades. This is how religion can warp one’s thinking in a way that isn’t obvious.

  11. freehand says

    Synfandel

    All we need do with nuclear waste is dilute it to a low radiation level and sprinkle it over the ocean…

    So what if it would build up in the food chain until it became lethal to the top predators? Sharks are a menace anyway, as proven by Sharknado.

    Oh, wait, we are the top predators. Never mind.

    Oh. My. God.

    Don’t you see? It’s a plot by the vegans to wipe out us carnivores!

  12. Robert B. says

    the House Science Committee, for which a prerequisite for all Republican members seems to be total ignorance of science and fundamentalist religious beliefs

    I think the Republicans see the House Science Committee as being like the House Un-American Activities Committee – named after what it aims to oppose.

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