May 12th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
3 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. Am

    Rubio has demonstrated he is truly useless and clueless.

    May 12, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Roman

    Republicans believe that any strategy that affects the free flow of business is an attack on the free market and anti-American. What a bunch of s-!

    I ran away from the right when the Republican party chose to ignore the science behind known dangers from tobacco use and continued to attack those who attempted to enact tighter restrictions. The suppression of science in defense of business at all costs is the modus operandi of this party and it is indicative of the fact that they work for the business interests that keep them in office. Vote them out!

    May 12, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. notajerk

    Rubio says: " 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,"

    BUT NO SCIENTIST HAS SAID THAT. YOU said that, Rubio. And YOU are NOT a scientist, obviously. Rubio, and those that take his position, have no idea of the distinction between climate and weather. Just because it's cold today doesn't mean we're in an ice age.

    May 12, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  4. Trendar

    I wonder how many other scientific facts my senator refuses to "believe" in. Is the Earth round Senator Rubio? Does it revolve around the sun? Most scientists agree that these are facts, as well as human activities contributing to climate change. What if I refuse to "believe" that you exist? Does that mean you will go away?

    May 12, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. hingie68

    Not that I like Rubio but there is no such thing as human created global warming. I don't believe any scientists on the subject regardless of what political background they come from. Nothing but a bunch of continued lies.

    May 12, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. Richard

    "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,"

    Translation: "I know better than all the scientists who are in agreement on this issue, despite my lack of education and experience."

    May 12, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. MNClownfactory

    I cannot believe these guy's such denial just to protect big oil and coal companies, Republican's subsidize oil and coal but they make green energy companies pay more in taxes. The Tea Bagging Republicans only care about big business, they dont care about people. It shows by how often they go on the attact after, Gays, women's repreoductive rights, connecting a minum wage to COL changes and so on. They do not care for the people.

    May 12, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Steve Giles

    The same type folks were telling Clair Patterson that Ethyl added to gas wasn't causing the build up of lead in the environment too. It would be a good idea to see from where Marco's money comes.

    May 12, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. georgex9

    What is the matter with these Republicans who don't believe in biological evolution and that human contributions to atmospheric pollution increase the warming of the Earth. Why are they anti-science? Or they really ignorant or just playing politics?

    May 12, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. JoeSunCity

    How sad the party of Lincoln and Jefferson is now the party of Duck Dynasty and Ted Nugent. The GOP is the real life dumb and dumber.

    May 12, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. MrAnonymous

    Good grief. I've lost count of how many people keep saying that either human activity has no part in this, or that it isn't a major contributor. Both assertions are flat out wrong. There is no question that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. For 800,000 years or so before the Industrial Revolution, we saw CO2 levels range between ~180ppm and ~290ppm. What we saw were fluctuations between those two levels every 50,000-60,000 years, taking about 10,000-15,000 years to go from one level to the other, where it would remain for the next 40-50K years. This represents Earth's natural cycle. Then, in the mid to late 1800's, CO2 levels began to rise past that 290ppm mark. We hit 300ppm in the early part of the 20th century. We hit 350ppm in 1988. We just hit 400 ppm. What this shows is that CO2 levels are not only rising but accelerating. In about 200 years, CO2 levels have risen MORE and considerably FASTER than they ever did in the 800,000 years prior. The result? Warming. A lot of it, and anyone that doesn't think so is deluding himself. Since 1998, Earth's climate has accumulated the equivalent of over 2 BILLION atomic bombs worth of heat energy. How is human activity not responsible?

    May 12, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. darth cheney

    One really sad thing about this is that global warming and climate change may well represent the greatest opportunity for business in the 21st century. Ironic, but not surprising, that the 'party of business' just doesn't get that.

    May 12, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Gino

    Why do so many politicians act as if stupidity were a virtue?

    May 12, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. mdaneker

    Every time a Denier says "I believe" he/she says it all. You don't "believe" in facts, you accept them, you double check them, you research them, but they are facts. It's been decades of FACTS making a stronger and stronger case. This fool has no clue and no place running a government.

    May 12, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. slipperySlope

    Government paid for "scientific reports" don't qualify as science. They qualify as Researcher X,Y, and Z reporting what will get them more funds.

    May 12, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. Mad_Russian

    Non-scientist making scientific statements yet again. Why are we surprised by someone who has clear backing from energy companies making these types of statements? It's not just Rubio but politicians on both ends of the spectrum. This is what happens when unchecked donations are allowed to take place. Nothing matters until the catastrophes hit, which most likely won't occur until long after the current generation have taken their journeys. It's the future that we need to concern ourselves with while we're here. The end idea that we need to make as much money as possible is the root of the evil. Pathetic politicians are the result of a pathetic population of citizens. We as Americans, are pretty darn pathetic.

    May 12, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. fluffy

    So "the President is not a meteorologist" but Rubio is? My god how stupid this guy is. 98% of the WORLD'S climatologists agree that humans are advancing climate change but Rubio's bl;atantly partisan, uninformed, short-sighted opinion is more valid? Holy Cheese. You just can't get any dumber than this.

    May 12, 2014 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. georgex9

    If Republicans are interested in keeping taxes low (especially for the rich and fossil fuel industries) with little regulations how do the convince the poor tea party people to accept them?

    May 12, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Thatguy371

    Sad that someone with a national stage like this person would spread a bunch of crapola like this.

    May 12, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. WOW

    I would say I was surprised by Rubio's comments. His benefactors don't like there paid off politicians not following the script of blame and junk science. He doesn't want to face the facts. Wonder what he and other Republican/Tea party people will be saying when they hones are flooded out but the changeling sea levels.

    May 12, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Roman

    Republicans believe that any strategy that affects the free flow of business is an attack on the free market and anti-American. What a bunch of s-!

    I ran away from the right when the Republican party chose to ignore the science behind known dangers from tobacco use and continued to attack those who attempted to enact tighter restrictions. The suppression of science in defense of business at all costs is the modus operandi of this party and it is indicative of the fact that they work for the business interests that keep them in office. Vote them out!
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    Greed. Every strange, illogical, hypocritical, or contradictory position or opinion that you might see from conservatives can always be attributed to plain, simple greed. It seems that personal freedom has been conflated to capitalist freedom. A society with completely unrestricted capitalism is not a democracy, it's an oligarchy.

    May 12, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. Joe

    He said that with a straight face?

    May 12, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. pjoe

    How does making everyone a socialist help global warming?

    May 12, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  24. John Richard

    Hey, why don't we ask him about astro physics, brain surgery, nuclear fusion or any thing else he really doesn't know anything about. I don't really care what he BELIEVES is causing climate change because he is not formally educated on the subject and therefore completely ignorant of the science underlying this issue. I will give him this. With the emerging world economies pumping C02 into the atmosphere at such an alarming rate, it may not matter in the long run what the USA does or does not do.

    May 12, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. jon wyatt

    Wow, what a dufus !

    May 12, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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