Noah’s Flood is proof that climate change isn’t man-made, says GOP

GOP Congressman Joe Barton of Texas (surprise!) weighs in on how climate change is obviously not man-made – just look at all the trouble Noah went through when God made him build that ark:

“I would point out that people like me who support hydrocarbon development don’t deny that climate is changing,” he added. “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 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.”

Andrew Kaczynski at Buzzfeed has the video too.

Noah's Ark via Shutterstock

Noah’s Ark via Shutterstock

So maybe God is causing the ice caps to melt and the polar bears to drown?  I mean, I guess if you believe in divine creation, and destiny, God planned everything, so he’s responsible for everything.  Though that would tend to negate the whole Adam & Eve story, in which mankind has free will, which often gets it into trouble.  Like with climate change.

Sadly this is one more piece of the GOP war on science, or as we call it, “the legitimate rape of science.”

As Chris wrote the other day:

Creationism doesn’t pass the smell test of science so the Republican party will either destroy sciencedeny science, or simply redefine science by legislative fiat.

They don’t believe in science.  They don’t believe in education.  They don’t believe in facts.  And anything, and everything, that undercuts their lies – from the media to science – must be destroyed.

And they wonder why young people are leaving the GOP in droves.


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146 Responses to “Noah’s Flood is proof that climate change isn’t man-made, says GOP”

  1. “When the bible of the Climate Alarmist religion is written in 200 years,
    the denialists will likely be referred to as ‘a great swarm of

    DO you realize how inane this is? I guess not.

  2. klem says:

    I don’t really see what the problem is here.
    When the bible of the Climate Alarmist religion is written in 200 years, the denialists will likely be referred to as ‘a great swarm of locusts’, and stories will be written of how Saint Al Gore parted the ‘River of Denial’. Denial is that big river in Egypt.
    And centuries from now, young lefties like you will be mocking those religious stories just like you are doing here. And laughing at just how unscientific and preposterous they are.

  3. klem says:

    A touch?
    Climate alarmism has its own god (mother earth Gaia), its own organization (UN IPCC), own bible (IPCC AR4 Report), preachers (climate scientists, Gore, etc.), an invisible devil (CO2), sinful behavior (carbon emissions), sinners (humanity), fear of Gaia’s retribution (climate apocalypse).
    It’s more than just a touch.

  4. klem says:

    “So maybe God is causing the ice caps to melt and the polar bears to drown?”
    That’s as good an explanation as any. Unless you believe its all due to that mystical invisible trace gas CO2. That’s equally preposterous. Lol!

  5. zorbear says:

    I think that may be the vision of the current Church…

  6. mike31c says:

    You could not get any more dumb then this can you?

  7. Ninong says:

    Yes, I saw the one they did that dealt with the flag appearing to ripple. However, NASA did an exhaustive rebuttal of every single false claim in the Fox hoax program. And it cost a lot of money to do that.

    Fox is not alone in that category now. The History channel (aka Hysterical channel) and even the National Geographic channel are putting up absolute crap programs as a way of funding the good stuff. If you complain to Nat Geo, they tell you that those crap programs are popular with a certain segment of the public that they would not otherwise reach. No kidding!

  8. silas1898 says:

    Mythbusters did a great show years ago rebutting all the main points of the “hoaxers”.

    Everything really does happen for a reason. It’s called Physics.

  9. “Creationism doesn’t pass the smell test of science”

    In other words, their argument doesn’t hold water?

  10. karmanot says:

    Yep, on Mt Arat in Turkey, but many of those pieces were Falafel wrappers from an ancient fast food stand.

  11. karmanot says:

    I think your vision may be that of the future Catholic Church.

  12. karmanot says:

    I must admit that Noah’s Flood took out ancient beachfront condos, so Mr. god is after all an all inclusive wiper outter.

  13. karmanot says:

    I must admit that Noah’s Flood took out ancient beachfront condos, so Mr. god is after all an all inclusive wiper outter.

  14. karmanot says:


  15. karmanot says:

    eggselent question.

  16. karmanot says:

    When moving at a snail’s pace, all is lost!

  17. karmanot says:

    The Spaghetti Monster is sauced and won’t notice. :-)

  18. silas1898 says:

    The fake ones in the studio :) Another chapter in the Wingnut Gospel.

  19. I see what you are saying and I get it. But in the end it’s all a ciruclar argument because no one can ever prove the existence of god. So even the differentiation between the two versions of free will cancel each other out because how can you bring any sort of real logic to something that is completely illogical. That said, I applaud the Christians who put a little more effort into the original intent and meaning of the teachings of Christ as they were put down on paper some decades after his death – which is simply love one another and try to find the best, most peaceful way on this path.

  20. klem says:

    I hear if you’re not on the big oil payroll, Cheney will shoot you in the face.

  21. klem says:

    “the reason the Bible gives for for the Flood was as punishment for the humans’ sinful ways.”

    This is exactly why the deniers believe that climate alarmism is based on religious faith. That alarmists believe that climate change is punishment for our sinful carbon ways. Surely you see the religious connection there, its obvious.

  22. Don’t exaggerate, Var.

    Everybody knows that they just found 22 pieces of it at one time.

  23. It’s not at all difficult to understand: ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge about a subject.

    On the other hand, stupidity is holding a contrary view of reality in the face of overwhelming evidence proving otherwise.

    In other words, stupidly is a choice.

    Stupid is as stupid does – Forrest Gump.

  24. Sure, if ya build a pile large enough and let it dry out before ya start climbing.

  25. Ain’t it possible the this miracle that God created was simply cloning ka-billions of Pegasui spewing infinite springs into aforementioned atmosphere with every clip-clop?

  26. I believe the shit hit the fan after we de-plantized Pluto; after all, why else would Mars have ice at its core other than God decided that maybe, with our religious intellect, we weren’t created exactly in His own image?

    And who’s fault is that?

    So much for science… eh?

  27. There ya go again… God punishes trailer trash with tornadoes, not necessarily hurricanes.

    And I’m sure that I can find a Bible quote to support this assertion.

  28. As the great Yogi once said: “Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you and it could be a salt shaker!”

  29. Was there ever a tribe of Eggs?

  30. Ever wonder why someone named them Sodom and Gomorrah?

    Damn, what a bad connotation they carry today!

  31. Are ya referring to the kids or the priests?

  32. “Some might say we still haven’t gotten there.”

    And for proof, I offer ya one Smokey Joe.

  33. Var Enyo says:

    No no no. Geology is a science and doesn’t count. Besides, they’ve found Noah’s ark at least 22 times and counting. : )

  34. Var Enyo says:

    It’s got to be Cheney….he’s the common link if you look back at old photos of those times. He must be the root cause.

  35. Var Enyo says:

    I’m surprised they haven’t been going back to the flat earth and the sun going around the earth. It was part of the religion for centuries after all and could get you in big trouble for disproving it.

  36. zorbear says:

    It’s a meatball!

  37. zorbear says:

    May the Pasta forgive you…

  38. zorbear says:

    That’ll make the GOP happy — naked, bald chicks that look like little boys!

  39. 2patricius2 says:

    Roman Catholics used to have what they called “spiritual bouquets.” People would do things like offering masses for someone, or going to communion for someone. They would put all these things on a card to let the person know what they were doing for them. One of the things they did was to say little religious sayings such as “Jesus, Mary and Joseph,” or “God have mercy.” They called the religious sayings “ejaculations.” You can imagine what one might think when a bunch of boys at a Catholic boys high school offered a spiritual bouquet to someone with 1500 ejaculations.

  40. Blogvader says:

    Reading is hard, Becca.

  41. karmanot says:

    Thanks Z, Methuselah should be so lucky.

  42. karmanot says:

    Wasn’t that Sadam and Gonorrhea?

  43. karmanot says:

    A methane high?

  44. Dave of the Jungle says:

    “Religion is awesome.”

  45. Zorba says:

    You are only as old as you feel, K. And I hope that you don’t feel all that old, my brother.

  46. BeccaM says:

    Logic and facts and stuff amuse me.

  47. karmanot says:

    It’s OK to drive, just don’t drink—-the Cool-aide.

  48. karmanot says:

    We are headed for a world of Eloi and Morlocks.

  49. karmanot says:

    Yep and an old one at that.

  50. karmanot says:


  51. karmanot says:

    and FREE!

  52. emjayay says:

    Don’t forget John Woo. From the UC Berkeley law school. Korean, not Chinese.

  53. emjayay says:

    Like that black pediactric surgeon guy.

  54. emjayay says:

    They are both that science stuff, not God stuff.

  55. Zorba says:

    K. is a “sir.” ;-)

  56. emjayay says:

    Please, enough with the logic and facts and all that stuff. Blind faith is so much easier.

  57. emjayay says:

    Of course there was a Flood. How do you think erratics (big rocks that don’t match the area rock) got to the top of mountains? Oh wait, we call them glacial erratics now. But we didn’t in 1800.

  58. pappyvet says:

    Their willingness to deny what’s true is especially outrageous when it attempts through propaganda to spread like a disease over scientific topics like evolution or climate change. But the same thing happens with economics, with American history, and with any other factual matter where there’s a threat to the ideological control of the ignorant at stake.

  59. I’m not sure I should drive after reading this…

  60. NCMan says:

    All the trouble Noah went through when God made him build that ark? Seriously????

    Well then, how about all the trouble Dorothy Gale went through when that twister hit Kansas and dragged her, her dog and her house over the rainbow. Surely this must say something about global warming if the “story” of Noah does.

  61. karmanot says:

    That’s the Catholic interpretation. There is no legitimate nihilism—its a false and sophist device to delegitimize the complexity of truth: Nothing is everything—-a fact that theoretical physics continuously proves with the ‘divine’ language of mathematics. an example: dark matter.

  62. BeccaM says:

    Unless those children make fun of a bald man’s lack of hair. Then they get mauled and eaten.

  63. BeccaM says:

    And to contradict those ancient pig-ignorant nomadic goat herders is blasphemy worthy of being tortured to death.

  64. BeccaM says:

    True enough, but in referring to ‘culture’ I meant the Cro-Magnon — dating as far back as roughly 40k years ago, but apparently there are indications of tool use as early as 75k years ago, and pretty solid evidence humans were fishing and using ochre paint back as far as 160k years ago. There was at least one undisputed find showing that we humans were burying our dead with ritual practices 100k years ago — and a disputed case where it was thought our Homo Heidelbergensis ancestral cousins were doing this as far back as 300k years (and who were also making flint tools).

  65. I suppose lots of orgasms would have been necessary as well, come (heh) to think of it.

  66. karmanot says:

    I’ll testify to that. I met a few of them at bike rallies back in the day.

  67. Why thank you, sir. Or ma’am.

  68. Duh. Just as logic is a hoax so that a God of unsurpassing love is capable of nuking two cities and ordering multiple genocides.

  69. karmanot says:

    Indeed, the most perfect explanation of the supremacy of evil, comes from no other from Calvin, who postulated that all evil is predestined from God and those of the chosen may do as they wish and enter the kingdom of heaven.

  70. karmanot says:


  71. karmanot says:

    Just imagine that loving god turning a perfectly empathetic woman into a salt lick for all eternity.

  72. karmanot says:

    Who knew, —–Noah McCain!

  73. karmanot says:

    well done!

  74. Dave of the Jungle says:

    The consensus of the global scientific community is a hoax while the creation myth of some bronze age goat herders is the truth. Obvious.

  75. karmanot says:

    WOW!!!!! You Go! couldn’t have said it better.

  76. I read that first sentence as “huge variety of orgasms, often found only in very specific niches.”

    Nearly fell out of my chair laughing.

  77. Also: not enough water on, in, or above the earth to accommodate said flood. No need for all that geology, just check basic hydrology.

  78. karmanot says:

    Yo, Nixon and Reagan.

  79. You can get high on camel dung??!?

    **Scurries off to investigate the prices of camels in the interests of spiking next year’s RNC punch.**

  80. karmanot says:

    Real simple answer: There ain’t no god.

  81. Or, if you’re a nihilist, Nothing is God.

  82. You forgot the part where the God of Love immolated two large cities in a “pillar of fire.”

  83. We know the Romans to be wrong about dinosaurs. However, there might have actually been “giant” people. Giantism still expresses itself from time-to-time in various humans. As with any “different” group though, if there had been a larger number of them in the past, they would likely have been hunted down and slaughtered.

    Many Romans would naturally have heard of them through oral myth, and figured (like any other literalists) that the evidence had to fit the story, rather than the other way around.