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. bobo

    Too bad the scientists were caught FALSIFYING their Reports!

    May 12, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. BrickellPrincess

    The smog over Miami this morning was man made! The fumes coming out of the smoke stacks at FPL's electric plant are man made. Rubio is an embarrassment to call Cubans!

    May 12, 2014 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. Someone Else

    This is some of the dumbest stuff I've heard him say.

    Of course the President isn't a meteorologist. He doesn't have to be to sign laws or create regulations. Rubio also obviously isn't a meteorologist. If he were, he would know that meteorologists don't study climate change. Climatologists do. Meteorologists study the weather, which, yes, is effected by the climate, but isn't the same as studying climate.

    Rubio also isn't an economist. And yet, he feels he can comment on what will effect the economy. Why is that? Because he has economists that tell him things. Just like the President has climatologists that tell him things.

    I also like that Rubio admits that the consensus of scientists feel that humans are contributing to climate change and yet he feels he is smarter than them? First, no reputable scientist would say that every storm is caused by climate change. Sandy wasn't caused by climate change. However, when looking at the climate (the long term record of weather), we see that, while storms are less frequent, we are getting 50 and 100-year storms much more frequently. That is a result of climate change.

    And the laws are not there to turn around climate change. Our lifestyles would have to go back to the stone age to do that. But, laws and regulations can help minimize humans impact on the climate. That's the point. Not to reverse the changes that have been made. The ship has sailed. Let's not make the mistake the skipper of the HMS Bounty made and sail it head-in to a superstorm. Let's try to change course and take a better route to the end that minimizes our risk.

    May 12, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. danomite

    Rubio believes whatever his tea party campaign contributors tell him to believe.

    May 12, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Rick

    Another genius from the Republican party....

    May 12, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Joe Smith

    Man-made "climate change" is analogous to the flat-earth theory. You have to do legitimate geologic research and critical thinking. Climates have changed throughout time, sometimes dramatically. Environmentalists are notorious for being wrong. They protested nuclear power was in the 70s, so we listened to them and stopped building. 30 years later, they were saying "oops, we got it wrong, nuclear good." Now, after Japan's tsunami they have flopped YET again, to "nuclear bad." Five years ago they said "Ethanol good source for fuel since it's not a fossil" So we listened to them again and the food supply chain caused more havoc than the energy issue by using corn in a less than optimal economic way. In the 70s they were worried about the ice age returning. Fortunately for us, the climate changed before they could get everyone doing things to combat global cooling. Now, they are the ones we are supposed to listen to? Come on – fool you once, shame on them; fool you twice, shame on you.

    May 12, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Jason

    FACTS tend to have a liberal bias

    May 12, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Bill the Cat

    "People have imagined that if we stopped emitting carbon dioxide that the climate would go back to normal in 100 years or 200 years. What we're showing here is that's not right. It's essentially an irreversible change that will last for more than a thousand years,"

    – Susan Solomon
    – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    May 12, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Leslie

    Rubio is as scarey as our Fla gov is their one true god..mother nature means nothing but inconvenient truth they will nver accept.

    May 12, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. it's here at last

    Finally, a senator and politician with advanced degrees in climatology, physics, biology, chemistry and anthropology setting us all straight on climate change! Thank you Dr. Rubio! I feel much better now knowing that such a highly acclaimed scientist as yourself is a policy maker and is not reliant on others to provide you with facts.

    May 12, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  11. Awasis

    Most people who don't believe in climate change, do believe that some guy died and rose from the dead 2000 years ago and will be coming back shortly. Tells you something about their ability to evaluate evidence.

    May 12, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Jerome Horowitz

    I don't need science. You must be working for a fossil fuel company and must deny your own common sense to think we crank all this garbage into the atmosphere and water and think it doesn't affect life on this planet.

    May 12, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  13. Chuck

    He is kidding right. I guess science is a liberal / democrat thing. According to the republicans and religious right, alot of things just magically happen. Poof, and history is written, understood, and accepted as fact. I really can't understand how anyone can think like this unless your IQ is way below the 98th percentile. How sad for all of us and our grandchildren and great grandchildren. Maybe they can call on the Giant Poofmaster to fix everything.

    May 12, 2014 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. ugh

    Wow. The president is not a meteorologist. True... but... he's listening to the "vast consensus of scientists that are saying that human activity is what's contributing to changes in our climate."

    May 12, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. akis vassilleiou

    so let me get this right.
    this kind sir says that if you have breathing problems due to defected lungs it does not matter if you smoke because you're going to have breathing problems anyway.
    precious 😀

    May 12, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Big Al

    There needs to be an official record kept on who has been most responsible for the delay of action to mitigate climate change, in the US. Certainly the Koch brothers and Richard Muller should be at the top of that list followed by various GOP policy makers. Down the road, these people will all be claiming that they either never denied climate change or were fooled into denial by "bad science" (Richard Muller, etc.). We can't let that happen.

    May 12, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. rene

    Think we can all agree that this guy is not a genius; unless of course you live in the bizarre world of the GOP, FOX News and the Tea Party. Which is not saying a lot!!!

    May 12, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. stevetall

    Well, who would know better about destroying our economy than one of the Republican dingbats who helped cause it? Republicans like Rubio don't understand science, and are happy to ignore reality if it will translate into money in their account. That takes a kind of intelligence that some people are happy to substitute with short-sighted greed. We could generate millions of jobs as we switch our economy off of fossil fuels and into the next generation of energy production-solar, wind, renewables. There's plenty of money in non-pollution, too. Rubio and all the science deniers don't have a clue.

    May 12, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. rbwphd

    Ahhh... The GOP and their finest minds of the 19th century.

    May 12, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  20. Lizzie

    It's easy to blog, you have no control over GLOBAL climate change until ALL nations abide by reducing their own smog and filth they spew into the atmosphere then and only then will it change, until then Al Gore makes billions with carbon credits he sells to big corporations. How about joining the global initiative to stop destroying the amazon jungle.

    May 12, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  21. James

    Who is more plausible, the non-scientist who says "Who am I to dispute what the scientists have determined?" or the non-scientist who says "The scientists are ALL WRONG!" ? Gee, let me think about that...

    May 12, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  22. JIMM

    The President is, he's not a meteorologist.

    That's all you need....Rubio has shown that he has no clue what he is talking about.

    May 12, 2014 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  23. Mike

    Solar activity is a major contributor to climate change. Skin cancer is up 800% in women and 400% in men in the past 3 decades. There is cause and effect if you really look for it. Rubio is correct in that nothing the president signs will have any impact on solar flares and the subsequent warming caused by it. It is cyclical and always has been. For now wear sunscreen and hope the DC idiots don't destroy the economy in their bid to gain more power and money from the masses.

    May 12, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "FACTS tend to have a liberal bias"

    Which is why the GOP/Teatrolls and their MSM symbiote spend so much time desperately pretending facts don't exist.

    May 12, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Burbank

    I can't believe anyone can be that knuckle-scraping stupid. Just another sociopathinc, self serving nut-job that will say anything to get into office. Do you people in Florida really want someone like that representing you? ...Really?

    May 12, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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