Although Whitehouse did not name names, some of his Senate colleagues could be counted as targets of his speech, including Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), who recently said on the floor that he didn't know what humans have done to Mother Nature.
Climate science deniers are more vocal in the House, where Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) recently called evolution a lie from the pit of hell, and where the Science Committee is weighing ways to exert political controlon the National Science foundation. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) has quoted scripture to deny that climate change will destroy the earth.
Whitehouse suggested that such anti-science attitudes are anything but humble or religious.
"We are here to do God's work. He's not here to do ours," Whitehouse said. "How arrogant -- how very far from humility -- would be the self-satisfied, smug assurance that God, a tidy-up-after-us God will come and clean up our mess?"
"Hope for a nannyGod, who will with a miracle grant us amnesty from our folly -- that's not aligned with either history or the text of the Bible," Whitehouse said.
The senator, who is Episcopalian, also quoted extensively from the Bible and cited an oft-told joking parable of a man left his salvation in God's hands, only to perish because he spurned human help.
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