Representative Barton: Biblical ‘Great Flood’ An Example Of Climate Change

Not wanting fellow Republican James Inhofe to take the lead on ‘batshit crazy things elected officials say,’ on Wednesday, Republican Congressman Joe Barton (TX) said the “Great Flood” from the Bible is an example of climate change not caused by man. Essentially he’s saying — not all climate change is created equal. Or maybe it’s — this ain’t your father’s climate change. Either way, this climate change thing is still up for debate according to Barton. Man-made? Natural occurrence? God? — Who knows?

Representative Joe Barton - Republican, Texas - photo by Gage Skidmore

“I would point out that people like me who support hydrocarbon development don’t deny that climate is changing,” said Barton. “I think you can have an honest difference of opinion of what’s causing that change without automatically being either all in that’s all because of mankind or it’s all just natural. I think there’s a divergence of evidence.” This is not an “honest difference of opinion.” It’s fact vs. non-fact. It’s science vs. conjecture. It’s evidence-based vs. faith-based. It’s peer-reviewed scientific method vs. rigid belief informed by religious dogma.

Barton continues with, “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.”

OK, let’s go with that for a moment…

Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. — Genesis 7 (New King James Version)

Yeah, I could see how it could go either way.

Republican politicians are why we can’t have nice things like clean air, clean water and a planet that can sustain life long-term.

/photo by Gage Skidmore

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