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. bobdouglass

    If Marco Rubio wasn't a politician, no one would ask his opinion about a matter of science. Why are models of the effects of carbon dioxide a political matter exactly?

    May 12, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. rollonubears

    what he means to say is "I endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States."

    May 12, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. John

    Finally – Someone with common sense out of DC. Wait for the intolerant left to attack...its what they do.

    May 12, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Andy

    He is just pandering to a demographic that sees intelligence as an elitist flaw. Climate change should be addressed, not swept under the rug of partisan politics. Also hooray for cnn getting rid of disquis.

    May 12, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. snowdogg

    "Sen. Marco Rubio says he doesn't believe humans are causing climate change and doesn't think any action can reverse course."

    Mr. Rubio is entitled to his opinion... however incorrect it may be.

    May 12, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. jason

    No, Marco, the President is not a meteorologist, but he's sharing evidence from actual scientists. You're just being a disagreeable partisan hack.

    May 12, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Herbal Tea

    And what meteorologic scientific degree did Mr Rubio achieve? Why are scientific facts so discredited by the folks that have zero to little knowledge of the subject. As far as the economy, the investment and job creation in new and renewable energy sources would more than compensate the loss of old dirty and polluting energy technology. It is a win/win.

    May 12, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. gs

    Hahaha When are they going to stop being the anti science party? One feels like thy might be more comfortable in the dark ages where science is shunned and religion rules everything.

    May 12, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. N Marvin

    Another GOP "star" with his head in the sand, apparently unable, or unwilling, to grasp what the science is saying. This is not the leadership we need; it is an abdication. The Right loves to talk about how Democrats are spending their children's future, leaving them with a mountain of debt. Well, how what about the irresponsibility of polluting the air that we breathe and toying with the Earth's climate. The consequences of that are far more likely to be a problem for the generations to come than any debt we leave behind. I also find it ironic that people like Rubio feel they are qualified to argue science when it suits them. Tell me! Just exactly what is his background in science? When science fits with their plans they are all aboard; when science does not fit their ideals, they say the science is faulty. Give me a break! This debate is over in the reputable scientific community. It is even over in much of the business community. Sadly, it IS probably too late to avoid changes, however, mitigation is still possible. People like Rubio and the other Tea Party darlings do the country a great disservice with their sputing off on subjects they know little or nothing about.. Rubio is not fit for national office. Florida can keep him.

    May 12, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  10. bmckay

    Perhaps Senator Rubio could enlighten us with his scientific credentials? Considering 9 out of 10 accredited scientists agree that climate change is real, and is attributed to human activity.

    May 12, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. John

    ""I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy."
    And what effect will it have on our economy if the folks preaching global warming are right?

    May 12, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  12. paustinwardsteel

    Thank goodness! I for one can sleep much easier at night knowing that the global warming theory is just one big hoax, and that human beings are not responsible for the destruction that has been caused to Mother Earth. Senator Rubio seems to believe that it's all just hogwash, so now we can rest assure that none of us are in any real danger, because it's nothing we've done wrong. Politicians are never incorrect, and they always report the truth, right? Now we can put this whole global warming thing behind us and move on. HA! What a joker! I wasn't aware that he was a scientist and meteorologist too. CLOWN!

    May 12, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. rl

    Of course not.

    May 12, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Dave

    Why do we ask a politician about maters of science.. would you ask a brick mason for advise on buying diamonds ...we all know a politician will say any thing if he or she thinks it will inprove there chance of being re elected..if your interested in climate change ask the world body of climatologists.....and please refrain from asking asking a politician questions about things they know little or nothing about....

    May 12, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. jdoe

    "The President is, he's not a meteorologist."

    That statement alone shows that Rubio has no clue.

    May 12, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Daremonai

    Any time someone talks about 'this will destroy the economy', all I hear is 'I have particular lobbyists, and it will hurt THEIR profits'. Most of the proposed laws shift the economy around, create opportunities for new winners and do not hand things to existing industries.

    "destroy the economy" is just a hyperbolic term for protectionism of specific industries.

    May 12, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. mike electrician

    Bye Bye El Rubio.

    May 12, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  18. dnarich

    ..."he doesn't believe humans are causing climate change"

    ...sounds like religion (not science) to me.

    To which I have to ask, what exactly is your evidence Mr. Rubio that is more convincing that the evidence gathered by the scientific community that you so clearly doubt? Could you provide us with evidence, that the changes we do observe and accept as a changing climate, are NOT caused by humans? You, Mr. Rubio are doubting and insisting on additional evidence from the scientific community, but I see so little evidence coming from you, I hope you'll pardon me from wondering why your *beliefs* are so strong...

    May 12, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  19. TrancingBear

    Global warming isn't happening, evolution is a myth, the world is flat, the moon is made of cheese, ... and of course a politician with the IQ of a snail knows more about science than thousands of those with PhD's in science.

    May 12, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  20. George W.

    Embarrassing. This Rubio needs to wake up and stop the "partisan attack" approach to offering solutions. Americans are tired of it, on both fronts

    May 12, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Eric Richardson

    If Rubio can't be serious on this, then I can't be serious about giving him my vote.

    May 12, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "Obama has proposed new programs to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, which most scientists say are the major cause of global warming."

    Followed by

    "He's proposing a certain set of policies that he would have to admit if questioned will do nothing."

    Inventing your own alternate reality in which to live, might be comforting, GOPers/Teatrolls, but it will only result in us all paying a higher price just so you could live out your partisan delusions.

    May 12, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  23. smith1

    Once again the republican party shows it's ignorance. Unbelievable that anyone would vote for them.

    May 12, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  24. Queen Amadela

    Great – another GOP losing an election. Does he really believe this or just pandering to the ignorant?

    May 12, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. allenwoll

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    I am expected to favor the opinion of a POLITICIAN (and a GoPer one at that) over that of dedicated scientists ? ?
    .
    He is a great GoPer candidate for the Presidency - Obviously insane and so will be easily defeated ! !
    .

    May 12, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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