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Intellectual Giants November 10, 2010

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, politics.
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House Republicans are deciding who should be chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Apparently a leading candidate for the job is John Shimkus Republican from Illinois who thinks:

(1) We don’t have to do anything about climate change because the Bible says God promised not to destroy the world again after Noah’s flood.

(2) We shouldn’t reduce carbon emissions because it would be “taking away plant food.”

(3) “Today we have 388 parts per million in the atmosphere. I believe in the days of the dinosaurs, where we had the most flora and fauna, we were probably at 4,000 parts per million. There is a theological debate that this a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon.”

(4) “When we breath in, we breath oxygen. When we breath out, we breath out carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is not a toxic emittent.”

This is the sort of person we depend on to solve the variety of problems this country confronts.

That Shimkus is a candidate for this committee tells us a lot about the intellectual capabilities of congressional Republicans and the people who put them in office.

It also tells us something about our increasingly slim chances of surviving for another century.

book-section-book-cover2 Dwight Furrow is author of

Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

For political commentary by Dwight Furrow visit: www.revivingliberalism.com



1. Paul J. Moloney - November 11, 2010

In regards to (1), why would God have to destroy the world a second time if the Republicans can do that themselves?

2. John Anngeister - November 11, 2010

We as a people are losers thrice over in the next Congress on energy issues, since this Shimkus giant is vying for the chair over the head of fellow giant Fred Upton (R-MI) who has openly questioned the science on man-made warming.

Neither would be up for consideration were it not for the fact that the man who has the gavel by seniority is that moral giant Joel Barton, who appologized to BP for Obama’s request for aid in the clean-up. GOP is sensitive a Barton chairmanship would make them a laughingstock.

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