May 12th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
7 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.


Filed under: climate change • Global Warming • Marco Rubio • Poll • President Obama • Uncategorized
soundoff (731 Responses)
  1. kingliberal

    What do think he's going to say? He actually thinks he has a shot at the presidency and he doesn't dare alienate the TBillies.

    May 12, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Marco Rubio / Rick Perry 2016

    God gave us Earth for profit and Pleasure .

    Watch as we make jobs , we are job creators .

    May 12, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Martha C

    Best just to ignore the evil scientists. What do they know, they're just SCIENTISTS. Ugh. What an idiot. Seriously, conservatives need better spokesmen than guys like him. Will the GOP ever surprise me with some one who is fiscally conservative AND has some brains?! Guess I'll just have to keep waiting.

    May 12, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. IALib

    Glad world renowned climatologist Marco Rubio cleared this up for us...

    May 12, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Rob

    Mr. Rubio, " I understand that there's a vast consensus of scientists..." ...good, but what makes you not believe the? You must have a good reason if you are serious about running for president. I suspect your reason is solely political since you do not even know what to call climate change scientists or maybe the difference between those who study weather and climate change. You definitely lost some of my respect here.

    May 12, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. WB

    I wonder what university and field of climatology Doktor Rubio got his Phd from? Which climate model did he run? Was it the same Tea Party Babble Model that was run to determine that man once rode dinosaurs?

    May 12, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. ScottM

    "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." That's a straw man argument and he knows it.. No one said every weather incident is attributable to human activity. Can we all agree to elect politicians that believe in established scientific facts?

    May 12, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Mike

    All of you idiots that say "IT HAS TO BE MANMADE" have nothing to back that up. So don't act like you know anything for sure. You do realize how big the world is right? You do realize the sun affects the earth and climate change? We haven't been on this planet long enough to even understand the planet. Volcanoes will cause more polution than humans can. Remember the "ice age"? Cavemen caused that? How about keeping to an argument and backing it up. The earth is heating up or cooling? Fossil fuels polutting the atmosphere would actually "cool" the earth. Not make it hotter. "Global warming" is a bunch of politicians digging in your pockets. Check their stock portfolios and see how they push certain agendas...if you think any of what they say is "in the best interest of humankind" then you are a complete idiot! Think for yourself!!!!

    May 12, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. RF

    So now Rubios a scientist?

    May 12, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  10. bobby frank

    Do we really have to debate this idea? Can't we just try to improve the way we do things now. Why wait til there is a serious decline in our habitat. Ten years ago I would not have thought about recycling but I have been doing it for several years now and it is not such a big deal. Wish I would have started 40 years ago. Small changes in our behaviors can move mountains and I think it is time. These politicians are worried about protecting these plants that pollute our air everyday and they are going to continue to do so forever unless we stop them. Let's make some small changes everywhere we can and stop putting it off. I think most people given the task of making changes to the way we live if it helps our planet will do so at the drop of a hat. Let's do this!

    May 12, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. goss4jc1

    I agree with Rubio. I believe the Sun is responsible for most if not all of the climate changes and many in the scientific community have shown data to prove it. The scientists who subscribe to the global warming frenzy are closed minded to any studies that are contrary. We do know that other planets have been warmer as well. The polar ice caps on Mars, for example, have all but disappeared over the past 40 years. Before we were using engines of any kind, there we warming and cooling trends.

    May 12, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. gsmith

    Rubio is one smart person who would make a great President. By the way Global Warming is a trillion dollar hoax invented by the money hungry Democrats. Vote 100% Republicans in 2014 and 2016 and be a Great American.

    May 12, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  13. TLORop

    Rubio will believe anything you pay him to believe.

    May 12, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  14. carpenters2013

    It's always funny to me when people don't "believe" in science and facts. Most people would rather believe in something imaginary than sometihng real, because sometimes the real thing isn't as nice and neat as they would like. That doesn't change the reality though. People prefer to live in ignorance. The fact that we have high level officials like this proves it. People will only realize when it is far too late. I think its funny. The human race probably needs a large portion of itself wiped out anyway, what with us having so many babies and living so long these days. A good cleansing by mother nature may be just what the planet needs.

    May 12, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. AlbaMN

    It is so hard to take the GOP seriously when they continue to ignore facts or make up their own. It is what it is, we can debate to some extent the measures than can or should be taken, but not the fact of climate change itself.

    May 12, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. integrity66

    JIm.....

    Interesting. Since you ?believe" modern cars output ZERO carbon monoxide – why don't you park your car in the garage, close the door and leave the car running -stay in there an hour or so – and see if your "belief" is true !

    May 12, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Red

    Rubio just said that the notion of racism in the GOP is "absurd." Thus, it is safe to say he is not in touch with reality.

    May 12, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. kingliberal

    Hey Florida. Stand your ground won't work against a rising sea level.

    May 12, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. "Breath and Release"

    By show of hands, how many of you believe that Florida will be the first state to go running to the Federal Government for help when Miami starts to flood.

    May 12, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. buc weet

    probably caused by the gubbamint as well as the dinosaurs in da gubbamint

    May 12, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. AlGoreLies

    wow! the ratio of those for vs. those against the myth of Global Warming (Climate Change) is way out of proportion in this story.
    Truth is, nobody really knows why the weather, a caotic phenomena, behaves the way it does. But, a very big But, americans are the only animals left in this planet that are easily to scare and who still have left over discretionary money for the government to tax.
    Obama has a monumental hard on for this farce as it will way outweigh the economic burden that his obamacare is already imposing on americans. A carbon tax will tax just about anything that one sees and touches, reason being over 99 percent of most everyday products are made from crude oil derivatives.
    But obama is not telling that to americans, nooooooo....If americans only knew the amounts of money that is about to fall out of their pockets and the virtual cuffing of american manufacturers because of "CO2 emissions", americans would march up to the white house and throw obama and family into the atlantic.

    May 12, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. AlGoreLies

    wow! the ratio of those for vs. those against the myth of Global Warming (Climate Change) is way out of proportion in this story.
    Truth is, nobody really knows why the weather, a caotic phenomena, behaves the way it does. But, a very big But, is that americans are the only animals left in this planet that are easily to scare and who still have left over discretionary money for the government to tax.
    Obama has a monumental hard on for this farce as it will way outweigh the economic burden that his obamacare is already imposing on americans. A carbon tax will tax just about anything that one sees and touches, reason being over 99 percent of most everyday products are made from crude oil derivatives.
    But obama is not telling that to americans, nooooooo....If americans only knew the amounts of money that is about to fall out of their pockets and the virtual cuffing of american manufacturers because of "CO2 emissions", americans would march up to the white house and throw obama and family into the atlantic.

    May 12, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. Lisa

    @Tommy G

    So if the USA spent $100 TRILLION dollars next year to reduce our pollution to ZERO, it would have NO AFFECT on climate change, even if it was occurring, which people BELIEVE but cannot prove!!! The USA needs to demand the world's worse polluters come up to our standards before we spend one cent on this rubbish.

    May 12, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |

    Hey Tommy.. WE ARE THE WORLD'S SECOND WORST POLLUTER. Only China is bigger. So how about we step up and do our part ... we emit almost 20% of the carbon. China is about 24%.

    May 12, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Goby Dillis

    At least we won't have to worry about him ever being president. He just odd manned out. Nice job and Oh and btw, Human activity has had an effect on our climate and will continue to do so as long as we burn fossil fuel and breed. Derp...So it about if they want to spend 800 billion dollars to build a passive desalinization channel from the pacific to the Deathvalley and let gravity do the rest. Then irrigate for carbon sinks. Wash rinse repeat. NM, It was GG on first sight

    May 12, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Doc

    Give me a noted climatologist's views on the American political scene and they'll have about as value as Rubio's opinions of climate science...maybe more.

    May 12, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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