Politicians Using the Bible to Deny Climate Change

Environmentalism is clearly a Christian value.  Although the Bible says that we have “dominion” over the Earth, the Bible also says that Earth is ultimately God’s.  Our rule is not absolute.  We are merely stewards tasked with the responsibility of caring for God’s creation.

This is a pretty clear concept.  That’s why I get so pissed when politicians quote the Bible to further an alternate, anti-environmental agenda.

Recently, Climate Desk released a video of politicians using the Bible to resist climate change.  The video clearly demonstrates the warped biblical interpretations we get from anti-environmental politicians.

It doesn’t seem to me that a furtherance of Christian values is the only thing on these guys’ agendas.  To make sense of these ridiculous quotes, I decided to follow the money:

Rick Santorum

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We were put on this Earth as creatures of God to have dominion over the Earth, to use it wisely and steward it wisely, but for our benefit, not for the Earth’s benefit.

Consol Energy, one of the largest coal mining companies in the United States, has donated more than $82,300 to Santorum.  Santorum was also a “consultant” for Consol getting paid $142,500 from 2010 to August 2011.  He only ended his role with Consol when he launched his unsuccessful presidential bid.

Rep. Joe Barton

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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.

Barton has received a total of $1,759,205 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry.

Senator James Inhofe

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Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that ‘as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.’  My point is, God’s still up there.  The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.

Inhofe has received a total of $1,559,246 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry, including $90,950 from Koch Industries.

Rep. John Shimkus


The second verse comes from Matthew 24. . . 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. . . Two other issues, Mr. Chairman. Today we have about 388 parts per million in the atmosphere. I think in the age of the dinosaurs where we had most flora and fauna we were probably at 4,000 parts per million. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon. And the cost of a cap and trade on the poor is now being discovered.

At the time he made these comments, Shimkus was receiving contributions from Koch Industries, nuclear-giant Exelon, and coal-using National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

The next time one of these guys wants to pull out the Bible, I suggest they look at 1 Timothy 6:10:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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I'm an organic-eating, energy-saving naturalist who composts and tree hugs in her spare time. I have a background in environmental law, lobbying, and field work. I believe in God; however, I do not call myself a Christian or a Jew or a member of any religion. I am merely someone who finds a spiritual connection to all humans and the environment. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .