UNITED STATES - MARCH 15: Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., attends a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Rayburn Building on the Flint, Mich., water crisis, March 15, 2016. The hearing featured testimony from Susan Hedman, former EPA Region 5 Administrator, Darnell Earley, former Emergency Manager for Flint, Mich., Dayne Walling, former mayor of Flint, and Marc Edwards, Environmental and Water Engineering professor at Virginia Tech. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Mahita Gajanan
June 01, 2017 11:28 AM
 A Republican congressman told his constituents that he believes God will “take care of” climate change if it proves to be a “real problem.”

Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg said during a town hall in Coldwater, Mich., on Friday that while he believes climate change is real, it is not something for humans to solve.

“I believe there’s climate change. I believe there’s been climate change since the beginning of time,” Walberg said. “Do I think man has some impact? Yeah, of course. Can man change the entire universe? No.”

He continued: “Why do I believe that? 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.”

As constituents grumbled, Walberg said: “I don’t expect you to agree with me on that.”

Most scientists in recent years have said that global warming is driven by human influence.

Chelsea Clinton weighed in on Twitter as well.

It was reported on Wednesday that President Donald Trump plans to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, the landmark 2015 deal in which nearly 200 countries promised to address climate change.

Under the deal, President Obama committed the U.S. to a 26-28% reduction in annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

 

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