May 12th, 2014
09:02 AM ET
9 years 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.

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"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. patNY

    This guy is an idiot and its idiots like him that will kill this planet. It is a fact that human activity has increased CO2 levels never before seen in human existence. This guy is a tool for the Koch brothers and that's why he's a denier.

    May 12, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. nintex

    No, Rubio, the President isn't a meteorologist, but he's smart enough to listen to those who know what they're talking about, unlike you guys who think you know more than scientists who actually study this stuff. If President Obama came out against global warming, republicans would be yelling and screaming that the President isn't doing anything about the threat of global warming. Folks, we can't let these ignorant politicians ruin life as we know it on earth just because they don't like a black president.

    May 12, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. 2_indy1600

    Content marketing would have you believe that the youngest and least educated among us are the only ones with a voice in moral judgement as well as scientific analysis. I for one am sick of it. Social media caters to the young, uneducated, urban city types, who have chosen to be Godphobes. Call it homophobe? I think not. Call it man-made climate change? I think not. God is in control here, and if you have a problem with God, leave me out of it.

    May 12, 2014 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Warren

    And this is the man, some would have as President of The United States?? Scary isn't it...

    May 12, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |

    The world has been going through climate change sense the last ice age its naturally getting warmer for now until we get a big asteroid or a super volcano we better be careful what we wish for . If you just want to worry about something the worse thing they can do is kill us ?

    May 12, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    There they go again, taking positions on issues completely unaware of the stark hypocrisies that their positions present. In this case, it is global warming, science, and religion. Many Christian conservatives, like Rubio, believe that the Earth is approximately 6000 years old. Many of them do not believe in many modern scientific theories because they contradict what is in The Bible. Amazingly, however, Marco Rubio attributes global warming to the natural cycles of the Earth, which according to science, say that ice ages occur about every 100,000 years or so.

    May 12, 2014 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Minnie Mouse

    What planet are you living on?? Humans drive to work, consume foods, buys products, heats homes, works in production product producing and or smog polluting factories ect... which all contribute to what's going in our air, land and water. We all contribute in one way or another, including you "Rubio".

    May 12, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Dan in Chitown

    "The President is, he's not a meteorologist."
    Correct, he is not. However, he is LISTENING to meteorologists that say that humans are partially responsible for climate change. I thought that is what leaders are supposed to do, take in the facts from experts and make policy to help solve problems. At least Rubio is now admitting that the climate is changing. That is a huge first step. Now he has to admit that the concensus is that human's have not helped the situation and that we need to take action.

    May 12, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    --do you have a car? If so, it ex it's some co2 when you start, where do you think it is going? To your Tommy to hide just like you hide your money in Swiss accounts, Cayman Island accounts. It goes into air, pollutes. This guy is so ignorant, pathetic, how these guys are elected by uneducated idiots. I think we need Education from congressman to layman.

    May 12, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    At some point even the most dim-witted of candidates ought to understand that pandering to the lowest common denominator will get them the coveted nickname "stupid is as stupid does" but little else.

    Stupid Is As Stupid Does
    GOPerville USA

    Rah. Rah.

    May 12, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Lily

    Rubio only believes in sipping water. No more than that. Still he thinks he can run a country? Not only a country, the greatest nation on Earth!!! He better give up everything already. If this is the way he has prepared himself for 2016, he better count himself out before a single vote is casted.

    May 12, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Andrew

    But he admits there is climate change.
    He is going to be shunned from the GOP now...

    May 12, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Rubio is still a fool who think that normal people will elect him. By the way, do you brain dead wingnuts know that more Americans die daily because republican governors refused to take the Medicaid expansion, than died in your fundraiser, Benghazzi?

    May 12, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    Well your fellow criminal republican Rep. Grimm thinks otherwise. Here's what YOU need to be focused on: JOBS!!!

    May 12, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. Lizzie

    You got to be kidding

    May 12, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Dead Bear

    God knows I trust Marco Rubio and House Republicans over Bill Nye the Science Guy on this issue. After all, these are men of integrity and not pawns of some nameless oil and gas industry magnates.

    May 12, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  17. 2_indy1600

    Content marketing from around the world PRECLUDES and EXCLUDES you if you believe in God's earth, or His climate change. at least on CNN.

    May 12, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Boy genius Rubio now knows more than scientists and economists. Just a few short years ago, he did not know that campaign money was not for personal use.

    May 12, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Michael MN

    Let me guess – Only GOD can do that – all we have to do is pray more

    May 12, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Keep talking Rubio. The nation needs to see what an idiot the tea baggers were able to get elected in Florida.

    May 12, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And may he be one of the first to be washed out to sea. Dude, you're not a scientist. I think I'll listen to science. As a matter of fact, Michigan had the harshest winter in almost 100 years. I may not not be a scientist but I think all of this crazy weather needs to be analyzed.

    May 12, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. S. B. Stein

    Rubio is just spouting what the businesses want him to. I would like those that deny humans have any control over the environment to this thought. If there is a poison in a drink, will it kill you? It will eventually if you have enough of it. That is what is going wtih CO2 and other greenhouse gases because they are changing the world slowly at first. Now, the effects can be seen.

    May 12, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. g

    its those ants I tell you

    May 12, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Malory Archer

    I didn't realize the anchor baby had a degree in climate sciences. America certainly HAS been good to him!

    May 12, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. garymac

    This man lacks a spine and guts...He is a disgrace...Can't even support his own people...

    May 12, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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