Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) testified Wednesday during a congressional hearing on H.R. 3, a bill allowing Congress to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline without President Obama’s approval, and had a pretty convincing argument as to why the pipeline could not possibly contribute to Climate Change:
“I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy,” Barton [said].
Here’s the video:
WAIT! WHA?! Let’s put aside for a moment that 97% of scientists agree that Climate Change is man-made and look at his theory that the Bible disproves the scientific community: Barton says that the Great Flood is an example of Climate Change, when in fact the Bible states that the earth was flooded to rid the earth of sin.
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith (Hebrews 11:7).
So in other words the Great Flood was not a change in climate at all but God’s wrath brought upon all of the sinners and his intention was to cleanse the earth and start anew.This is simply another great example of the problems with Creationists using the Bible as a way to support their ignorance of science. They certainly do bring a special kind of stupid to modern science dialogue. When I watched the video of Rep. Barton I thought,” This moron doesn’t even have an UNDERSTANDING of the very ‘evidence’ he is using to contradict the scientific community! WTH?!” One would think that before a lawmaker opened his mouth and testified before congress that he would, oh I don’t know, understand his own damn argument! Oh wait, this is coming from the same guy that told C-Span that CO2 is harmless because it’s in your Coca-Cola. I kid you not, he actually said that:
I’m creating it as I talk to you. It’s in your Coca-Cola. your Dr. Pepper and your Perrier water. It’s necessary for human life. It’s odorless, colorless, tasteless, doesn’t cause cancer, doesn’t cause asthma. There’s nobody that’s ever been admitted to a hospital because of CO2 poisoning.
So, when you actually look at his track record of spewing nonsense related to science from that hole in his face, his new claim doesn’t seem that out of the ordinary, after all. As amusing as this is, we should be all a little concerned that this idiot helps guide and make United States policy. Sometimes I think,”we are SO screwed!!”