Nov 10, 2010

Bible Based Energy Policy

Salon has an article about how the US energy policy should be based more on the bible...

When Nancy Pelosi ruled the House of Representatives with an iron fist, one could chuckle at Republicans who came to committee hearings quoting scripture as the rationale for their positions on energy policy. But now, when one of those very same Republicans is in the running for the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce committee, it just doesn’t seem so funny.

[...John Shimkus, R-Ill] starts by quoting Genesis 8, Verses 21 and 22, in which God makes Noah a promise.

Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though all inclinations of his heart are evil from childhood and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done.

As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.

Shimkus continues: “The earth will end only when God declares its time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.”

I’m glad that John Shimkus can sleep at night, faithful that that God’s word is “infallible, unchanging, perfect.” But for those of us who are less confident in humanity’s ability to keep from massively screwing up, the thought that the Bible will be determining government energy policy is massively ulcer-inducing.

Also, note, that the Flood was supposed to be the last time God hit the UNDO button on his game of Civilization. He still sent fire and brimstone to wipe out Vegas Antiquity -er- Sodom and Gomorrah. And, he's still got asteroids, solar flares, gamma ray bursts, plasma from the sun, magnetic shift - and at any moment can send a comet between the earth and the moon to create the Thundarr the Barbarian earth. So, shouldn't we also base our nation's energy policy on the power of the Sun Sword and Princess Ariel's magic?

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