May 12th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
2 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.

Rubio says he's ready to be commander-in-chief

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. Brian Fejer

    Uh, we are talking about Human Beings here. Take a good look around. We have not been the best stewards of this glorious creation we call home. The explosion of the human population since the industrial revolution has not been good for the earth.

    May 12, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Mr.Badger

    Nobody disputes that water pollution is real and man made. Yet even there is no science to understand, Republicans still want to pollute water. 20 Republican states attorney's have recently sued the EPA for trying to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

    May 12, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Pat

    Does anyone care that this whole "climate change" debate has been going on for about 200 years? So, just say'n that maybe the sky isnt falling.

    May 12, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. frank9875

    Why is there an effort to politicize climate change? Move over Stephen Hawking, Dr. Rubio says No need for pesky limits on greenhouse gases. Let's blast ourselves with emmissions so we can fry ourselves just like Venus. Obama doesn't need to be a climate scientist, that is why he initiated the report with REAL scientists. Dr. Rubio, your science guys are in the minority, and the denial gambit will hurt humanity. Congratuations.

    May 12, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. PhysicsPhD

    "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 . . ." But he doesn't want to believe it. Much like when he first suggested the earth is 6,000 years old. And he wants to be President.

    May 12, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. spudnik56

    Every time this putz opens his mouth, he proves he has the IQ of a tater tot...

    May 12, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Bob

    So he accepts that there's a "vast consensus" of scientists who say global climate change is caused by humans. He's saying he's smarter than the world-wide pool of climate scientists on this topic because he thinks that consensus is wrong. Sure, once you go there it's easy to say the President's policies won't do anything except hurt the economy. So what's his qualifications for denying that conclusion of many thousands of climate scientists? That's why President's rely on experts – on the economy, on energy policy, on the climate, etc, etc. This isn't an argument with the President, it's an argument with the experts on the topic.

    May 12, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  8. JohnDoe

    Please God let this be a joke. Deliver us from these nut jobs.

    May 12, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. rick3807

    "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,"
    Senator, first of all the only ones who refer to "every weather incident" as being related to human activity are the climate deniers. Next, there is far more evidence that the ongoing climate change is related to human activity than there is evidence that tax cuts for the rich will improve the economy. You can "believe" anything you would like to, just don't go around spouting your "beliefs" out as facts.

    May 12, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. CrashMan

    "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it." So thousands of scientists must be wrong because a politician says otherwise. Right.

    May 12, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. GOP, yep...

    " Yeah, I don't like believe what scientists say, because like, they're dumb and stuff "

    May 12, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Seth

    LOL 97% of scientists have determined humans are causing climate change. Rubio says no because "it would be bad for business." Laughable.

    May 12, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  13. Duane Allen

    The qualification bar for Republican politicians seems to be getting lower and lower... the stupider you are, the better you do.

    May 12, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. SC

    Rubio is an idiot. He is not qualifed to say anything about the weather. That's not his job. His jos is drawing salary and arguing without any work done. That's what politicians do.

    If you don't have ability to cook rice and beans properly, you have no right to dispute or criticize a guy making tacos for you unless you are an idiot like Rubio.

    May 12, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. frank9875

    Why is climate change being politicized? Denial delays reponse, increasing the damage level before we get a handle on it. That's IF we get a handle on it. So the great hopes of the GOP are happy to throw humanity under the bus to snag a few extra Tea Party votes, wow. We're all hosed. Thanks

    May 12, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  16. Joan Bradley

    It always amazes me how many "experts" there are when it comes to science - as though all you need is the ability to predict whether it will rain soon. One major flaw in the American way of thinking is that we instinctively have all the answers without having the knowledge on which to base them! Scientists? What do they know! They just sit around all day doing nothing but thinking and experimenting! That's about as foreign to most politicians and citizens as is forming intelligent thoughts BEFORE opening our mouths to be the first to be heard. We talk way too much for our own good. I don't know what's being taught in our schools these days, but it certainly isn't HOW to think!

    May 12, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. jam8canpops

    This nutcase needs to shut his mouth because all that comes out of it is fecal material.Damn,can anyone be so stupid,misinformed,and ignorant?Only a bought and paid for Republican!Rubio changes quicker than the weather and is not to be trusted under any circumstances.

    May 12, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. FoolKiller

    "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."

    Nothing said about the number of Republicans that think Democrats will destroy the world, starting with the economy...

    May 12, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  19. BaldFacedTruth

    Yet another politician who wants to kill the human species to enrich themselves right now. What a buffoon. Right in goose step with his party.
    Vote for this, kill your grandchildren and great grandchildren. Smart.

    May 12, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Just another way for democrats to contol our lives. And yet they say they are about freedoms. Only when it fits their agenda.

    May 12, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. 2Sliqq

    He has now officially and publicly proven himself an idiot.

    May 12, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  22. Robert constant

    When Rubio ran for the Senate he claimed that his father escaped from Castro's Cuba and came to America for freedom. That is not true. Rubio's father came to the United States when Batista was still in power BEFORE Castro. Rubio had to have known this.
    Rubio's statement on the causes of global warming seems comparable. There are over a thousand independent reports on the nature and causes of climate change. Three or four of those commissioned by the fossil fuel industries claim man has nothing to do with climate change. ALL of the rest blame climate change on man and spell out the specific causes. Rubio is not stupid. He knows this.
    HOWEVER. the biggest contributors to the Republican Party are the oil, gas and coal magnates who do not want their polluting fuels regulated or taxed. Rubio wants the support of these conservative contributors to land a spot on the 2016 GOP Presidential ticket. That is why he is taking an anti environmental stance and supporting the Billionaire polluters.

    May 12, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Frank Crockett Ewing

    Dumb and dumber....just stick your head in the sand and do as your special interest supporters tell you Rubio....

    May 12, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. toad734

    I don't get what their point is here...Are they saying we aren't spewing tons of extra CO2 and Methane into the atmosphere or are they saying that CO2 and Methane don't act as greenhouse gases??

    If the latter, I would like for them to answer why Venus, though twice as far away from the Sun, has a higher average temperature than Mercury...Gee, could it have anything to do with all the CO2 in it's atmosphere??

    It's a fairly simple concept and is only up for "debate" on Faux News.

    May 12, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic in Stone Age idiot is thinking like this. Where do you think car emissions go?

    May 12, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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