May 12th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
6 months ago

Rubio says humans aren't behind climate change

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Marco Rubio says he doesn't believe humans are causing climate change and doesn't think any action can reverse course.

This as a new White House report indicated that Rubio's home state of Florida is one of the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," the first term senator said Sunday on ABC "This Week," after being asked by ABC News' Jon Karl whether humans were contributing to the heating up of the planet.

"I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy," added Rubio, who's seriously considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

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Rubio's latest comments are similar to what he said on CNN last week.

"I think severe weather has been a fact of life on earth since man started recording history. I understand that there's a vast consensus of scientists that are saying that human activity is what's contributing to changes in our climate. I think it's an enormous stretch to say that every weather incident that we read about or the majority of them are attributable to human activity," Rubio told CNN's Bill Weir Tuesday on "CNN Tonight."

Rubio's comments come as President Barack Obama's administration last week declared, unequivocally, that climate change is underway across the United States. The U.S. National climate Assessment Report, released last Tuesday, offered a dire assessment of the impact of climate change, and named Miami as the city most vulnerable to damage from rising sea levels. The report was criticized by many Republican lawmakers.

The U.S. isn't alone in raising serious concerns. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change came to the conclusion that humans are behind global warming.

In his CNN interview, Rubio knocked the administration's report and criticized the President's efforts on the issue of climate change. Obama has proposed new programs to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which most scientists say are the major cause of global warming.

"The President is, he's not a meteorologist. Here's what the President needs to be focused on. He's proposing a certain set of policies that he would have to admit if questioned will do nothing. If in fact these scientists are right and it's greenhouse gas emissions that are changing our climate, none of the things he's proposing would do anything to change that whatsoever, but it would have a devastating impact on our economy.

The most recent national polling on climate chanted indicated that a majority of Americans said humans were causing global warming. According to a Gallup poll conducted in early March, 57% of the public said human activities were behind global warming, with four in ten saying natural changes were causing the earth to heat up.

Fifty-four percent of those questioned in the survey said the effects of global warming were already happening. But less than four in ten said that global warming would pose a threat to their way of life.

The poll indicated a major partisan divide, with a majority of Democrats saying they worried a great deal about global warming, but more than six in ten Republicans saying they worried only a little bit or not at all about climate change.


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soundoff (731 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Lead paint , DDT , Asbestos and Cigarets are good for the Economy !

    It's about Jobs ?

    Rubio / Perry 2016
    We have the Medication .

    May 12, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. jorge washinsen

    Ever try sitting under a street light to cool off? Try sitting under a tree and see how that works.

    May 12, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  3. It's Pretty Simple

    It's not difficult to understand what's going on. CO2 is filling up the atmosphere and causing the earth to heat up. It's happened naturally many times before humans were here. No one debates that. The issue is whether the CO2 levels are rising because of humans or rising naturally. Simple chemistry can tell us the answer. CO2 is made up of Carbon and Oxygen. CO2 enters the atmosphere when things are burned. Carbon is found in three forms Carbon 12, Carbon 13 and Carbon 14. Carbon 13 comes from volcanoes. Levels of Carbon 13 in the atmosphere are not rising. That leaves Carbon 12 and Carbon 14. Carbon 12 and Carbon 14 are found in organic matter (living things). Carbon 12 breaks down after about 4,000 years but Carbon 14 does not break down. Levels of Carbon 14 in the atmosphere are rising at a high rate while levels of Carbon 12 are not. The only explanation for this is that something is burned that is thousands of years old (again, the way CO2 gets into the atmosphere is by burning something). So old that all of the Carbon 12 has completely broken down. Something like a fossil. The burning of fossil fuels is the only possible way that Carbon 14 levels in the atmosphere can rise so quickly without Carbon 12 levels rising at the same rate.

    May 12, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. ChrisM

    Does rubio really expect Americans to vote for a Science Denier. Well, I know some will. You know the tobacco companies used the same tactic to claim smoking was not dangerous to humans health . They Denied the Science. Just like rubio and the republcians are doing now with climate change.

    May 12, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Christian_Grey

    Wow...Drought, Heavy Rain Same old same old. They predicted Rain in K.C. for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. So they way I see it if they can't predict the weekend I aint buying the rest

    May 12, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. norm

    I think this quote from Mr. Rubio says it all: "The President is, he's not a meteorologist.". Well sir, neither are you!

    May 12, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Take Me To The River....

    Guess it dosn't really matter anyway....Republicans cry about deficits which we all know can be repaid (they are a finite concept/ issue) but don't care about the planet (once destroyed it is gone for a long time/ then regenerates) ... reps dont believe any of the scientists–yes, thats right, it's ALL a conspiracy to hurt BIG business.... these guys are just living for today–they don't care about your grandchilden's future–BUT somehow they convinced a bunch of nutballs to vote for them...

    Nature will take care of itself.... YES, there has always been climatic change ( billions of years)- and it has wiped the earth clean many times.... BUT we are causing the new negative affects that willl HARM humans far more quickly ( decades)...

    OUR battle is not with NATURE it is with OURSELVES .. learn to read and learn to think.... and contribute to saving the planet....

    May 12, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. Mark

    Add Rubio's picture to the Gary Larson cartoon Ship of Fools/Car of Idiots. What does he think is causing it? Dogs and cats? Of course it's humans. Who else is building cars, refining oil into how many products, burning coal, natural gas, etc. I might be a registered republican but any one who thinks global warming is not a direct result of human activities on planet earth should not be in a decision making position about the future course of our nation. He might be better off on a neighborhood watch committee, but then I would be concerned about the people in the neighborhood.

    May 12, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  9. ritmocojo

    Rubwho et al in his misguided party will tell you that all they want is for their children is a debt-free government. But what good is a debt-free government going to do if the world is not even fit to live in? But then this same party believes the world is flat, and if Obama says the sky is blue they'll say it is some other color than blue. Go figure.

    May 12, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Bob in Ohio

    I hope those who are ridiculing the climate change theories are letting their families know what they think. When their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are suffering the effects of neglecting to do anything to try to slow the process down, they can say "hey, my grandfather/ grandmother said not to worry – at least corporations are doing just fine!"

    May 12, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Elliott

    I live in Miami, Florida and I must say it's quite embarrassing to have such an idiot representing our great state. How can people even think this idiot is a contender for President of the United States. There's no doubt that Miami and much of Florida will one day be underwater, as well as most or all other port cities around the world if we keep destroying the planet with pollution and excessive emissions. President Obama is simply listening to the advice of the consensus of the best scientific experts in the world. A 10 year old could follow this advice. A moronic Republican Senator from Florida wants us to believe it's all fabrication.

    May 12, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. tc

    Republicans should just wear jackets filled with gaudy, colorful advertisements just like NASCAR cars & drivers.

    May 12, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. Degrin

    I am so glad that we have Marco Rubio here to enlighten us through his extensive experience on this subject.

    May 12, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "... learn to read and learn to think.... and contribute to saving the planet...."

    And don't become one of the 4 in ten (of the 53%) who think that, well, yes, we humans probably ARE contributing to global warming, but could care less how that will affect them personally. Until the next super hurricane, super tornado, super landslide, super tsunami, super blizzard, or super sink hole, strikes within distance of them.

    "The most recent national polling on climate chanted indicated that a majority of Americans said humans were causing global warming. According to a Gallup poll conducted in early March, 57% of the public said human activities were behind global warming, with four in ten saying natural changes were causing the earth to heat up."

    May 12, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. The Fact of the Matter

    Finally, a voice of reason.

    May 12, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  16. joy

    Funny how it stopped being global warming, and became climate change

    May 12, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Alias

    Do any of you realize that the current models linking CO2 to temperature fail to explain the last Ice Age?
    I do not support a radical plan to fix a problem that we cannot explain.

    May 12, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. LeRoy_Was_Here

    Science marches on, and Marco Rubio marches backward.

    Let's keep this guy out of the White House. Jon Huntsman said the Republicans need to stop being anti-science. Bobby Jindal said they need to stop being the stupid party.

    Marco Rubio, and most of the rest of the Republicans, weren't listening.

    May 12, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  19. Dave in Arizona

    Of course Republicans will cling to the belief that we aren't contributing to climate change. If they admit to it they'll admit their party platform for decades has contributed to it. Always resisting regulation. Always opposing environmentalists. Not only will they have decades of people saying "We told you so!" but they'll have to take responsibility for the damage their actions and inactions have allowed to happen.

    And they can't even own up to the fact that they hold Obama to different standards than Bush and his other predecessors. The party of "personal responsibility" has no concept of what taking responsibility means.

    May 12, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Rosslaw

    The former Tobacco Institute "scientists" kept their white coats so now they can be right-wing "climate:" scientists. Rubio is as gutless as right-wing politicians come. He's already been handed his head by his inbred base for suggeisting that illegal aliens could ever, under any circumstances, earn US citizenship. next-compulsory education in public schools that the sun revolves around the earth.

    May 12, 2014 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  21. strangways

    and Rubio got his climatology or Natural Science or Meteorology degree WHERE? Typical Republican blowhard, spouting off about things he has no concept of, but wants to tow the party line.

    May 12, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  22. Qi

    Everyone knows only God can control the weather and he does not like gays.....TEA MERICA

    May 12, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  23. Fuji

    Many of the Republicans who criticizes the report don't understand science. They understand money. If something's going to cost them big $$$, logic no longer makes sense.

    May 12, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  24. Sandra

    Republicans are all about "ME! HERE! NOW!" and completely disregard others and the future. You can apply that to all issues. Try it.

    May 12, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Rick

    You are all missing the point. The point is whether man made or not, climate changes happen. No one disputes that. The point is that the policies this president and the Democrats want to put in place does NOTHING, except hurt jobs, causes more regulation, increases costs, etc.
    NOTHING to prevent climate change. That's because no one understands the root cause of climate changes.

    May 12, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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