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God Tells Minnesota Rep. Mike Beard We're Not Running Out of Coal

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Earlier this month, Mike Beard, a Republican state representative from Minnesota who has spent eight years on the Minnesota House Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, introduced legislation to lift the state's moratorium on coal-fired power plants.

Dr. John Abraham, a professor of thermal sciences at the University of St. Thomas, tells Don Shelby of, "This is an opportunity for a dialogue. Maybe there is a way to bridge the partisan chasm and allow a free-market champion to propose solutions. I'm glad to hear Representative Beard cares about humanity. That's a helpful place to start."

But Beard doesn't really see much need for dialogue or man-made solutions. In fact, he's not particularly concerned about anything, as the man upstairs apparently has it all taken care of.

"God is not capricious. He's given us a creation that is dynamically stable. We are not going to run out of anything," Beard says.

He maintains that all the predictions of peak oil, like the most recent analysis from the International Energy Agency that says petroleum production peaked in 2006 and is now in decline, are nothing to worry about.

"God gave us our minds, creativity and ingenuity, and that is our most valuable natural resource," he says.

However, Chuck Dayton, a retired environmental lawyer and the co-chair of a new coalition of faith groups in Minnesota called Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, is also a Christian--and he ain't buying what Mike Beard's selling.

He explains that the United Methodist Church said, “We, as stewards, have failed to live into our responsibility to care for creation,” the U.S. Catholic Bishops said that the Church’s “response to global climate change should be a sign of our respect for God’s creation,”  and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said, “We see the despoiling of the environment as nothing less than the degradation of God’s gracious gift of creation.”

“It’s just plain wrong-headed to think that divine intervention will fix everything,” Dayton says. “One could say, ‘Well, life persisted and got better [after the six mass extinctions in the Earth's history], ’cause here we are, the pinnacle of creation, so that was all a part of God’s plan.’”
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