PI Original Adam Doster Friday March 27th, 2009, 6:12pm

Shimkus: Capping C02 Emissions Will "Take Away Plant Food"

We've repeatedly documented Rep. John Shimkus' ridiculous positions on climate change. During a House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing earlier this week, the downstate Republican was in rare form. Speaking to British global warming denier Lord Christopher ...

We've repeatedly documented Rep. John Shimkus' ridiculous positions on climate change. During a House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing earlier this week, the downstate Republican was in rare form. Speaking to British global warming denier Lord Christopher Monckton, Shimkus made a novel argument that because plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, limiting our man-made carbon dioxide emissions would actually kill the world's plants. Watch the exchange here:

SHIMKUS: It's plant food ... So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere? ... So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying.

The National Wildlife Fund quickly dispatched with this looney theory:

Do Shimkus and Monckton think plants only came along after humans learned how to start burning fossil fuels? In reality, it's quite the opposite -- since we started getting really good at burning carbon-based fossil fuels, forests have started getting really good at catching fire.

And to back up all this nonsense about global warming pollution being great for plants, they cite the Cambrian period? A time when there were no land plants?

But what about Shimkus' random declaration at the end of the above clip that "the earth will not be destroyed by a flood"?  To understand that one you've got to go back to his opening statement, during which he read various Bible verses, before concluding: "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."  Watch:

Shimkus might just edge out Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) for the "most embarassing congressional hearing performance of the week" award.

(H/T Grist)

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