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. JBMcm

    Obama is not a meteorologist you don't say but the people he takes advice from are and a lot more educated on the subject than Rubio.Keep on pandering to big business like any other Republican.

    May 12, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. CatSh

    Well. If global warming is all due to natural climate changes, I guess Florida will have to foot the whole bill when Miami starts to flood at high tide.

    May 12, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  3. Mike

    "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."

    This is why the GOP is a mess. Instead of letting facts dictate their beliefs/positions, they go the opposite way. They stick with their beliefs/position, and if the facts go against them, claim it's a vast scientist conspiracy. That they are all purposely lying to make money. Yeah, because we know climate science is where the money is at. Those guys in the OIL BUSINESS are barely getting by...

    May 12, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Okie Engineer

    Everyone that thinks they are smarter than scientists about global warming and evolution need to be consistent. The next time a doctor tells them they need surgery just tell the doctor you know better and don't need any surgery.

    May 12, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. James

    Rubio has only one agenda and that is to give away citizenship of this country to millions of illegal aliens who have no respect for the laws of this country, its history or culture. Look at Los Angeles which is ground zero for illegal immigration, you have no effort to assimilate, you have no respect for laws as you see them start up businesses on the sidewalks selling tacos and fruits without licenses, they drive without licenses. Why would you reward people like this who have no respect for the laws? It would be the end of America if Rubio was elected.

    May 12, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Gbever

    So...Humans caused all of the previous "Ice ages" and warming periods? do we forget that Egypt was once a tropical paradice, Did car emissions change that too.

    May 12, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Steve

    A poll is "what most people believe", that does not have any bearing on climate change. You have scientist who are still debating the issue. Just because more of them believe it doesn't make it scientific fact. The real argument is the amount of data.We only have about 150 to 200 years of data and most of the first 50 were just data collection. An analysis with that short a span is just speculation at best or analysis based on political pressure.

    May 12, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. sww

    The United States already has some of the strictest environment laws in the world. As soon as the rest of the world, including India and China, match what the US is doing (and can prove that they are complying), then I would consider doing more. As it is, the US isn't the problem, India and China are. Why ruin the US economy just so India and China can continue unabated polluting? people already complain we send too many jobs overseas, just wait until MORE regulations are passed, then we will see even more income disparity in the US. Business owners will just outsource their jobs overseas, and everyone else will be on food stamps and welfare.

    May 12, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. rs

    This is just another signpost on the road called "Republican Delusion".

    May 12, 2014 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Larry38363

    It's so sad that these "religious" people just cling to their outdated beliefs to the detriment of everyone else. Even if there weren't climate change controlling our activities to make this world a better place would certainly be appreciated. But no, the Republican Party does NOT care about anyone but their partisan, mythological point of view. They stick their heads in the sand and scream loudly "the sky isn't falling, the sky isn't falling"!

    May 12, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. 99mystic99

    So the president isn't a meteorologist, what is Rubio? Certainly not a scientist. His book of mythology and false histories is as misguided as he is. Perhaps we can get all the science deniers to move to the coasts so as water level rise they all go under.

    May 12, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. What?

    I would like to know who paid for his opinion?

    May 12, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Mithrandir

    Wonderful, another tool with his head in the sand.

    May 12, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Democrat Party to outlaw farts

    Democrats will be introducing new regulations to declare all sources of methane to be illegal. All people and animals with the potential of methane production will be required to wear methane recovery devices inserted in their backside. In the cas eof Democrats and liberals, their head already occupies that spot so tax credits will be provided for the RECtification of this pre-existing condition.

    May 12, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  15. kennyl10

    we may be a factor a small factor ... lets be real ... gore said there should be no northern arctic ice in like 2012 and there was. there was like 40% more ice in 2013 vs 2012 .. it comes in waves .. all reading for this year are withing historical range. global warming nuts need to make sure their foil hats are on straight

    May 12, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Chuck

    Rubio is a neanderthal! If he runs and wins our next presidential election, I'm turning in my citizenship and moving to Denmark.

    May 12, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Person

    Ah yes, climate change is nonsense. So is evolution. [insert ironic smile here] This is NOT what should be leading our country.

    May 12, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. kennyl10

    hes correct ... sorry global warming people ... its all about who you care to listen to. and al gore is not the guy

    May 12, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. nathan

    I find it humorous that one minute the cons are claiming climate change is a hoax and the next they act like they knew it was real the whole time but claim man is not behind it. Its like everything else they have an opinion on, they are always on the wrong side of history about EVERY issue, from race to sex to the economy, but yet even when they truth slaps them in the face they are unwilling to admit it.

    May 12, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. EastCoast Mike

    I guess he's not the genius that some people think he is.....

    May 12, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. DCG

    Why anyone would listen to a word this man says, especially about issues which he denies even exist, is beyond me...

    May 12, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. just asking

    when are all of the lefties and liberals going to give their usage of fossil fuels? let's start there. let's pass legislation requiring all liberals and democrats to show us all the way by denying them the use of these fossil fuels they seem to hate so use all the way to the future lefties. let us know how things go next winter. rememebr, no burning wood in that cave either!

    May 12, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Phillip

    Look no matter what the POTUS says or agrees with the repubs are going to go the opposite way. We have seen this time and time again. So if I were the POTUS I would just say opposite of what I truely beleive that way he will get the repubs to atleast go along with him and the rest of the country.

    May 12, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. JC

    It has been said "ignorance is bliss" so this clown must be ecstatic.

    May 12, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. cedar rapids

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

    oh for crying out loud. Neither are you but its not meterologists that research climate change science and both of you have access to experts on the topic. What a stupid claim.

    May 12, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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