Republican Congressman Cites Biblical Flood To Deny Climate Science

I have often complained of the tendency of conservatives to use government to impose their religious beliefs upon others. A similarly dangerous problem is the tendency of conservatives to ignore science based upon their religious beliefs. Today Texas Representative Joe Barton used the Biblical story of the flood to argue that climate change isn’t caused by actions of humans:

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. 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.

There might have been a major flood in the distant past which inspired Biblical stories, but this certainly has no bearing on the science of climate change. Unfortunately many conservatives don’t care about facts and science  as much as they care about what the read in the Bible.