The new U.S. Congress and Climate Change

Some of you teaching a climate change course this semester are undoubtedly discussing the implications of the takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives by the GOP. Here’s an interesting tidbit for the mix: Representative John Shimkus (R. Illinois), who is seeking the chairmanship of  the House Energy & Commerce Committee, recently stated that we don’t have to worry about climate change because, citing the Bible (actually, brandishing it in a hearing) that God promised after the flood that he would never again destroy the world. Of course, it’s cold comfort that Representative Joe Barton (R. Texas) is also vying for the position, also a climate change denier and the apologist to BP for the alleged “shakedown” that compelled it to pay for the clean up effort. Just some grist for the mill in discussing the future of U.S. climate policy.

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