God is apparently speaking to the top Republican on environmental and energy policy. While the majority of the GOP deny global warming on purely selfish grounds (Barton vs. squiggly pigtailed lightbulbs), John Shimkus has a far more divine reason. And he is rather optimistic:
“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.”
In Shimkus’ mind, global warming should go the way of cave men and dinosaurs: a nonexistent, scientific fable. While most intelligent people understand the idiocy of evolution deniers, they have somehow wormed their way into our [southern] public school systems with the intelligent design craze.
Unfortunately, this is what I see next for global warming and anything environmental. We will soon see a push by the GOP (led by the Christian Conservatives) to abolish the teaching of global warming in schools. Or at least to offer an alternative. Possibly something like intelligent earth design?
Everyone has a right to their own faith. But I don’t want government run as a leap of faith. There is far too much at stake. Regardless, it has been proven over and over again that smart energy policy is good for the economy — just look at the car industry.
So while it may be true that we, as human beings, will have a very difficult time destroying the earth itself, we can certainly do a good job in killing each other living atop it. Mr. Shimkus, you are right, we probably will not destroy the earth, but that doesn’t mean we won’t destroy each other. Or is that not in God’s plan either?