Bachmann brings Jesus into drilling debate

GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann invoked Jesus Christ when talking about global warming and the fight over drilling. One News Now reported this:

House Republicans say Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing politics at the expense of the American economy — and taxpayers are suffering as a result.

House Republicans say they will continue their floor revolt over gas prices during the congressional recess until Nancy Pelosi allows an up-or-down vote on offshore oil drilling. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) says she plans to return to Washington to join in the protest.

“[Pelosi] is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that,” says Bachmann. (NOTE -emphasis is mine)

“But she is committed to not allowing any drilling,” the Republican lawmaker continues. “She, [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid, and also the Democrat [sic] presidential presumptive nominee Barack Obama are all committed to no new energy, whether it comes from natural gas, oil, or coal, or nuclear power.”

In statement issued yesterday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) declared “Republicans are clearly frustrated that the American public is not buying their Johnny-one-note energy policies of the past.” He also called on Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) to apologize for saying Speaker Pelosi would “get rolled” on Election Day if she continues to “block the will of the American people.”

Bachmann is a fierce advocate for increased oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. She’s running for reelection against DFLer Elwyn Tinklenberg.

UPDATE:

Bachmann’s campaign says she’ll be on CNN on Wednesday:

Bachmann TV

Our Congresswoman, Michele Bachmann:

Calling for Real Energy Solutions

CNN

Tomorrow- Wednesday, August 13th

11:10 am CDT

  • Mark Parity

    Dear Lord, Save us from some of your followers…

    Jesus came to save our souls. But we also have been commissioned to be good stewards of the earth, not to destroy it.

    The main point to remember is that any drilling will not make a difference for the next TEN years in the price of oil products and will do nothing until then.

    Conservation will start making a difference NOW. New forms of energy will take time but the goal will be a positive change on our environmental impact.

    Mark P

  • Stephanie

    WWJD = Where Would Jesus Drill?

  • Karl

    What’s really unfortunate is that a sitting member of Congress essentially said we don’t don’t have to worry about saving the planet because Jesus already saved it 2000 years ago, and yet the only attention this comment got was from blogs. Not one story in a mainstream media outlet (but kudos to Polinaut for picking it up). Compare that to how many mainstream media outlets covered Bachmann’s gaffe about the “Minneapolis RNC.” Isn’t this just a little bit more important?