While a warmer planet may not be harmful, deficit spending and Obamacare are, according to Rep. Steve King.
King, the Republicn who represents Iowa's 4th Congressional District, spoke Tuesday in Fort Dodge at the kickoff for the "Bruce Braley Big Government Tour," sponsored byAmericans for Prosperity.
The tour is designed to put pressure against Democratic Congressman Braley's "harmful government spending policies," according to the group. Braley is running for the U.S. Senate seat which will be vacated by Sen. Tom Harkin in 2014.
Mark Lucas, Iowa director of AFP, drew contrasts between King - who considered and ultimately rejected a run for the Senate seat in question - and Braley, who represents Iowa's 1st Congressional District.
Lucas, who addressed the crowd at Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, praised King as an advocate for opposing the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.
"Cutting off funding for Obamacare might be the last tool left in our toolbox, so let's use it," King said.
King also addressed his recent vote for a bill that would prevent the IRS from implementing the ACA - a bill with little chance of passing the Senate.
"We just have to keep putting that up," he said. "You have to - here's the right thing, here's the right thing. You put that up over and over again, and then at least the public can see there's one body that's moving this country in the right direction."
On the environment, King said efforts to fight global warming are both economically harmful and unnecessary.
"It is not proven, it's not science. It's more of a religion than a science," he said.
He said that even if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes the earth to warm, environmentalists only look at the bad from that, not the good.
"Everything that might result from a warmer planet is always bad in (environmentalists') analysis," he said. "There will be more photosynthesis going on if the Earth gets warmer. ... And if sea levels go up 4 or 6 inches, I don't know if we'd know that."
He said sea level is not a precise measurement.
"We don't know where sea level is even, let alone be able to say that it's going to come up an inch globally because some polar ice caps might melt because there's CO2 suspended in the atmosphere," he said.
King said building the Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Canada should have been a clear-cut decision.
"We need that oil," he said. "If we don't buy that oil ... their only market is to the United States, with a pipeline, or ship it overseas to somebody's refineries, like the Chinese."
King questioned whether the national debt may have grown larger than is legally allowed.
"Remember when the president said he thought he might be able to just go through the debt ceiling without having to go to Congress and ask Congress to raise the debt ceiling? I think maybe he might have done that" said King. "We just aren't watching him closely enough.
"We might find out in a month or two that he's already been borrowing more than he has the legal authority to do. ... It's a question to ask. I haven't confirmed it."