Climate change is not man-made but occurs naturally; at least, that’s the view of Republican Congressman Joe Barton.
The Texan Congressman has previously said he doesn’t deny the climate is changing, but that the change is due to natural causes. How does he know? The Bible tells him so.
Specifically, it’s the Bible’s Great Flood narrative that gives the game away, says Barton.
Speaking Wednesday at a hearing for the Northern Route Approval Act, a bill that would give Congress power to approve the Keystone pipeline, Barton said:
“I would point out that people like me who support hydrocarbon development don’t deny the climate is changing. 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.”
At that point, Barton hit us with his own evidence:
“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.”
Addressing Barton’s assertion, Eoin O’Carroll at The Christian Science Monitor writes:
“The preposterousness of Barton’s statement stems from his basic fallacy, flagrant even by Congressional standards, in which he refutes an obviously silly claim held by nobody, and then acts as though he had just refuted a not-obviously-silly claim held by almost every climate scientist in the world.
“Among those climate scientists, you won’t find a single one who thinks that our planet’s climate has remained perfectly stable right up until the dawn of the hydrocarbon economy. Not one.”
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