May 12th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
5 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. Michael

    97% of all climatologists and scientists in related fields agree that we are affecting the climate. When that many educated, experienced people in the same field agree on something, unless you have an equal amount of related eduction and experience, it is time for you to shut up and listen. Those of you who have chosen not to listen to those in the know, what are your credentials???

    May 12, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. IK

    "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.

    These scientists, these dang scientists and thar crazy science. This guy is a bumpkin.

    May 12, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Barbara

    Fiddling while Rome burns. Typical.

    May 12, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Dennis

    At least he knows gw is a fraud... I won't vote for him for wanting to legalize millions of lawbreakers who come to this country to exploit it

    May 12, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. FLUX

    Marco should know, after all he is a politician and a lawyer. Surely he is not just saying this to
    win votes to keep his job, he just truly loves and cares about all Americans (except the 47% who
    are lazy and stupid).

    May 12, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. B. Lake

    "How dare humans believe that they can affect earth's climate, only God can do that"__Rick Santorum. Oh yeah, he's right there with the rest of those republikan geniuses.

    May 12, 2014 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. John

    Senator Rubio asks very kindly that you not try to dig his head out of the sand.

    May 12, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. So

    Here's some facts:
    1. CO2 is a greenhouse gas.
    2. The Earth is getting warmer.
    3. Humans produce CO2 gas.

    Why would we listen to Rubio. He's not a scientist. So Rubio, how about we try remove the "doubt" that humans are creating global warming and try to eliminate the "human" creating of CO2 as much as possible? Then if the Earth continues to get warmer we can say, "At least we gave it a shot."

    May 12, 2014 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. Richard Right

    Rubio is bold to say the truth. Compared to that glowing hot orb that shows up in the morning and disappears some where at night man has a small effect on temperature outside his home or workplace. On an international level China, India, Russia, are far and away the greater problems and they really don't intend to change. Of course Rubio lacks contact with all the anti-American socialists here and abroad whom our President has spoken to. It must be wonderful for the President to know that the U.S. is responsible for all things wrong and must pay to fix everything.

    May 12, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Joe

    It is impossible to make a man believe something when his paycheck depends upon him not believe it.

    May 12, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Dan

    He's correct on the economic impact as least. Obama's economic policy is moronic to put more regulations on U.S. businesses and to push the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement with countries that already have far fewer restrictions.

    May 12, 2014 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Vic of New York

    I have to give it to Marco Rubio, he has a lot for good precedence. I hear it was Marco Rubio "the Great" who had Galleleo excommunicated from the Catholic Church for publishing his findings that the Earth and Planets orbited the Sun, and not the other way around! Then there was Marco Rubio "the Board", who laughed at Columbus and said he would wait for Columbus to sail off the "edge" of the World for darinng to think it was actually round! Wasn't it Marco Rubio "The Bird" who said that if God intended man to fly He would have gven him wings? Oh yes, then there's Marco Rubio "The Pope" who has confirmed for us that God really did make the wolrd and all creation in just seven days!

    Like I said. Marco Rubio has a lot of illustrious ancestory in his certainty about Global Climate change.

    May 12, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. Doug

    Rubio is an idiot!!!!

    May 12, 2014 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. sbreex

    yes rubio – its not us humans and our fracking, 100s of millions of carbon emitting cars and trucks and trains, or our coal mines and factories. Rubio thinks its the dolphins that are the culprit. This is exactly why – no matter what the GOP ever says about financial responsibility (which is a major ruse) – i will never, ever vote for any GOP politician for the rest of my life. If you value your future, your childrens future, and believe in statistical analysis and scientific fact – you will never vote for this insidious party either. the GOP is the party of stubborn dinosaurs who's time has past long ago – i hope to see them ride off into the sunset and take the bush family, karl rove, newt gingrich, and mark rubio with them

    May 12, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,"
    -----------------------------
    So, what's causing "these dramatic changes to our climate" that we're seeing, Senator? I think he's suggesting that they are due to natural causes. But, he doesn't come out and say what he thinks the cause might be.

    The facts do not lie. True, ice ages come and go. In between ice ages, we have warming periods that come and go. IN other words, we alternate between warmed up and chilled down, and this occurs every 100,000 years or so. That means we should see gradual temperature changes when measured over centuries, and arctic ice core samples prove that to be the case.

    Our last ice age ended about 100,000 years ago, which should mean that a new one should be approaching. It's not. Instead we are seeing warming trends, not the expected cooling trends. We are also seeing warming trends over the span of several decades, which ice cores show that in the past that changes of this magnitude took thousands of years to transpire.

    The planet should be in a cooling phase, yet many measurements suggest that we are in a warming phase. What is different this time compared to the ice ages of the past? Mankind. Ice cores can also contain samples of the atmosphere from hundreds of thousands of years ago. What's changed? Mainly carbon dioxide levels, and other combustion gases. They're rising.

    May 12, 2014 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. sly

    Rubio is from the poor part of Mexico where there was no public education. That's before he snuck into America.

    May 12, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. sbreex

    this is why rubio will never be ready for the presidency. The GOP cannot continue to ignore clear and present facts so it fits the talking points that dont upset grandmas and soccer moms from iowa. We need leadership based on scientific facts and statistical analysis – not this tripe. Rubio is no different then rick santorum...

    May 12, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Kimo

    Typical Rebublican. Don't let science get in the way of your beliefs especially where it concerns oil company profits. Why listen to a group of people who spent four years in college four or more years in graduate school and several more years as post docs learning the methods necessary to analyze the climate data when you can just pull a belief out of your rear end. Rubio is obviously someone who will say anything to energize his base and whose brain cannot be trusted to make objective decisions. In other words, he's just another political hack and a stooge of the oil industry.

    May 12, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. Chuck

    He is 100% correct, the whole Global Warming, Carbon Tax was a HOAX from day one to
    Steal money from taxpayers, and destroy America's Energy
    .
    EPA, Greenpeace, ELF, have their own interests not Americas

    May 12, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. genes

    If I read the comments already posted, I'm sure I'd see this point has been made.. Rubio has to get approval from the lowest rung of society before being eligible for the general election i.e. he has to appeal to the Tea Party (the American Taliban).

    May 12, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. John

    What an idiot! To believe that climate change is not real is just plain stupid. Where the hell has he been?! Rubio will not get my vote in 2016. We can't afford to have a President who doesn't believe in climate change. To admonish Pres Obama for trying to do the right thing is utterly stupid and political suicide. The American people are concerned about climate change and to speak against the American people in favor of big industry clearly tells you where his pockets are. I wonder how many Floridians will vote for him again?

    May 12, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Ray

    Clearly Rubio is clearly scientifically illiterate.

    May 12, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Duke

    Rubio still searching for a pathway to the Presidency. It probably isn't entirely anyone or anythings fault but it is interesting that the rise in co2 commensurate with the industrial revolution just happed at the same time. And further Marcio when your state is five feet under water are you going to still be searching for a pathway because it will then be to late.

    May 12, 2014 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Equitable

    Who does he think is doing it, the Martians. He should invest all his money in oceanfront property in Florida.

    May 12, 2014 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. GreyMan

    I love how our representatives in Washington can be lawyers and doctors one day and with an election become experts in a field they've never studied.

    HILLARY 2016!

    May 12, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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