Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) told a constituent last week that God can solve the problem of climate change if it even 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.”
Nearly every credible, peer-reviewed scientist agrees that man-made climate change is a major problem. According to NASA, climate-warming trends over the past century are “extremely likely due to human activities.”
Multiple news organizations on Wednesday reported that President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a move that would make the U.S. just one of three countries rejecting the historic pact. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he would make an official announcement “over the next few days.”
At an event in Harrisburg Pennsylvania earlier this year, Pennsylvanian Republican State Senator Scott Wagner blamed “heat coming off people’s warm bodies” for climate change.
Wagner and Walberg’s comments were reminiscent of Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) attempt to disprove climate change by bringing a snowball into the Capitol and onto the Senate floor to show his colleagues how cold it was outside.