No worries: GOP Congressman Tim Walberg promises that if climate change is really a problem, God will take care of it.
Speaking at a town hall in Coldwater, Michigan, on Friday, Rep. Walberg explained that he is a Christian, and that as a Christian he is confident that if climate change is “a real problem” God “can take care of it.”
I believe there’s climate change. I believe there’s been climate change since the beginning of time. I believe there are cycles. Do I think man has some impact? Yeah, of course. Can man change the entire universe? No.
Why do I believe that? Well, as a Christian, I believe that there is a creator in God who is much bigger than us. And I’m confident that, if there’s a real problem, he can take care of it.
Using Rep. Walberg’s logic, God will also take care of criminals and terrorists, if they are “a real problem,” so there is really no good reason to spend money on the military and the police.
Yet Walberg is not alone in his ignorance. According to multiple media reports, President Donald Trump plans to to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change. By so doing, Trump would be following through on a campaign pledge he made to pull the United States out of the global pact to fight climate change.
Previously, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” then president-elect Donald Trump said that “nobody really knows” if climate change is real.
At one point in the interview host Chris Wallace asked Trump where he stands on climate change. Trump replied:
I’m very open-minded. I’m still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I’m somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It’s not something that’s so hard and fast.
Trump is wrong. Climate change is real. Scientists know this to be a fact. Full stop.
For example, NASA’s website on climate change notes that approximately 97 percent of publishing climate scientists agree that human activities are very likely responsible for rising temperatures.
Prior to November’s election, Stephen Hawking and 374 other scientists warned Americans that Donald Trump is unfit to serve as president because of his controversial and profoundly mistaken position on climate change.
A letter published on ResponsibleScientists.org prior to the election, and signed by 375 members of the National Academy of Scientists, opens by declaring:
Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality.
The letter goes on to explain that human health, food production and even national security are at stake, and describes the matter as “basic science.”
The letter sharply criticizes Trump’s position on a matter of “basic science” by citing the threat of climate change and blasting his push for the U.S. to leave the Paris Accord, noting:
It is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord.
The following is an extended excerpt from the opening of that letter:
Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.
Our fingerprints on the climate system are visible everywhere. They are seen in warming of the oceans, the land surface, and the lower atmosphere. They are identifiable in sea level rise, altered rainfall patterns, retreat of Arctic sea ice, ocean acidification, and many other aspects of the climate system. Human-caused climate change is not something far removed from our day-to-day experience, affecting only the remote Arctic. It is present here and now, in our own country, in our own states, and in our own communities.
During the Presidential primary campaign, claims were made that the Earth is not warming, or that warming is due to purely natural causes outside of human control. Such claims are inconsistent with reality.
“Inconsistent with reality” might as well be the motto for the Trump administration.
As for Rep. Walberg’s problem with reality, prior to his time in public office, the GOP congressman served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana.
Bottom line: Climate change is “a real problem,” and Rep. Walberg’s imaginary God will not solve that problem for us.