Congressman opposes anti-global warming measures because…god.

Jeff Miller is a Congressman in Florida (I’ll leave you to guess his party affiliation) who opposes environmental regulations.  Why?  Because he believes god is in control.

During a “Coffee with the Congressman” event on Tuesday, some of Miller’s constituents confronted him about his position on environmental policy. They said there was a large consensus among scientists about the causes and effects of climate change.

In response, Miller said he was willing to defund the Environmental Protection Agency because regulations were hurting job growth. Miller said the Navy only stated climate change was a threat to national security because of President Barack Obama.

“I have scientists that I rely on, the scientists that I rely on say our climate has changed,” Miller said. “Look, it wasn’t just a few years ago, what was the problem that existed? It wasn’t global warming, we were gonna all be an ice cube. We’re not ice cubes. Our climate will continue to change because of the way God formed the Earth.”

This makes me facepalm for a couple of reasons.  The first is that somebody who has real power is willing to ignore the consensus of scientists to defer to what can’t be more than a couple individuals who confirm what he already thinks he knows.  This becomes a problem for everybody living in a place where someone like this has real power.  Counting on god and prayer to fix things is a great way to remove the motivation to fix them ourselves, which is kind of the job of Congress.

Second, the consensus of climate scientists is that we’re already going to face global consequences of global warming, the only question now is the degree and how much we can mitigate the severity.  I mean, look at some of the things that are already being ruined by global warming.  If god is to blame for this, why are we worshiping the guy?  If another country had produced the technology that warmed the planet affecting beer, football, chocolate, fireworks, and apple pie, we’d consider it an attack!  Forget Afghanistan, we need to march on heaven at once and unseat god.


About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • iknklast

    This: the Navy only stated climate change was a threat to national security because of President Barack Obama

    The Pentagon issued a report calling global warming the greatest threat to homeland security. They issued that report in 2004. Clearly that was because of President Obama, right? After all, he does seem to have the ability to affect things that happened long before he had any influence over them. He really does have a way back machine!

  • KevinKat

    The third facepalm is the whole “scientists said we’d be in an ice age thirty years ago” canard.

    • Jasper

      As I understand it, we were heading towards a natural minor one before WWII. Guess what stopped it, and reversed the trend with a vengeance?

  • EvolutionKills

    Find me some liquid nitrogen, we can make him an ice-cube yet!

    • invivoMark

      He wouldn’t really be an ice cube then. But I do know a good place to get a trash compactor….

  • otrame

    You know what is sad? Miami and most of the nearby cities are doomed. No amount of seawalls or other attempts to forestall the encroachment will work, as they will in other coastal areas, because the land under that part of Florida is a mass of swiss-cheese-like limestone. As the sea rises, there will be salt springs spring up all over the place and no amount of money or prayers will fix that. Here is what I am talking about.

  • Derrik Pates

    What a useless statement.

    > “Look, it wasn’t just a few years ago, what was the problem that existed? It wasn’t global warming, we were gonna all be an ice cube.”

    We know more now than we did then. That doesn’t mean we know *everything*, but our understanding is more refined. But this guy would have us sit back and do nothing until it’s too late, because his absentee father figure totally has it covered. Riiiight.