Anti-environment Republican Congressman to head new Environment and Economy Subcommittee

John Shimkus

Isn’t it always nice when someone completely unqualified, unabashedly and unethically opposed to a certain set of humanitarian principles is put in charge of the political, cultural and judicial future of said principles?

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus ( R ) has been selected to head up the new Environment and Economy Subcommittee under the new Republican-majority House.

Shimkus – a notoriously devout denier of climate change – has previously collected hundreds of thousands of lobby money from the electric, oil and gas industries. He is also a ridiculously religious person holding a public office (dangerous combination, but common in Republican circles) who believes that “God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect” – defending the absurd notion of man-made climate change by claiming “The earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth.”

So, it makes perfect sense that Shimkus would be selected to head up the new Subcommittee – it is the perfect soapbox to rally the Republican base against environmental progress while promoting a radical religious agenda. As he wrote in a letter to fellow Republican Congress members: “Now is not the time to moderate or compromise on our most deeply held values.”

According to the Congressman, climate change is a huge, leftist conspiracy and comparable in its horrors to 9/11, referring to it as “the largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever experienced.”

By his own admission, he plans to use the Environment and Economy Subcommittee to “permanently block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.”

Shimkus hysterically buys into the whole “carbon dioxide is our friend” notion, too.

“It’s plant food … So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere? … So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying.”

Sounds like a great team player for the future of the country, right?