Posted Friday morning, June 2, 2017
The way he takes care of tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, famine, forest fires, and droughts?
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) told a constituent last week that God can solve the problem of climate change if the global phenomenon truly exists.
The 66-year-old Republican, who is a climate change skeptic, made the remark at a town hall in Coldwater, Michigan, on Friday.
“I believe there’s climate change,” Walberg said, according to a video of the exchange obtained by HuffPost. “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?” he went on. “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.”
There are plenty of Americans living in the 21st Century who still think the world runs on magic and is ruled by a meddlesome but beneficent wizard---the new Congressman from Montana, for one---but Walberg’s theological maunderings here sound like the standard-issue “God's in his heaven and all’s right with the world” pieties invoked from time immemorial by the comfortable and complacent to justify their comfort and complacency. It’s all as God intended and we shouldn’t mess with his plans, his plans being that things continue as they are with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. God will provide, but in the meantime there’s no reason oil and gas companies shouldn’t keep pumping the earth dry, no reason factories shouldn’t save themselves the trouble of scrubbing their smokestacks, no reason auto companies---like the ones based in Michigan. Fancy that.---should have to waste time and money designing and engineering even more efficient hybrids and electric cars and no reason those of us with the money should hold off on buying gas-guzzling Hummers and oversized pick-ups, if that’s what we want.
The attitude behind this thinking is that this is the best of all possible worlds, no matter how it inconveniences those of us without money and power sometimes, and whatever is, is right---“an aphorism,” Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities, “that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.”