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. Cr@ckerjack

    Wow. What a rube. Absolute, unequivocal denial of science & basic rationality. Only in a Republican world does reality not matter.

    May 12, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. CSD

    When you pander to ignorance-loving, psuedo-religious block heads, of course you're not going to let the research of scientists on a global scale affect your "beliefs". The scientists aren't funding your lifestyle, the block heads are. Hey. they're still standing around waiting for the graves to open and the christo-zombie apocalypse, what's a little high water?

    May 12, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. tet1953

    One day, maybe far in the future and maybe not, climate change deniers will be as reviled as holocaust deniers.

    May 12, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Dean

    Because of what Obama said, I'm going to build an ark. (I live in Florida)

    May 12, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Wallace Ryan

    I can't believe in this day and age that a political "leader" of a state in jeopardy from global warming would be ignorant enough to inject his unsupported and incorrect "opinion" that humans don't cause climate change.

    Here's a news flash for you, Marco. It ain't the dogs and cats. I'm constantly surprised at the lack of intelligence in many of the political representatives in the US government these days. But you get what the corporations pay for, I guess.

    May 12, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. 1776usa2016

    What an IDIOT !!

    Humans are causing a MASSIVE ACCELERATION in the rate of Global Climate Change and the evidence is all around us.

    Much faster climate change than has been recorded at any time in the archaeological record.

    Pouring TRILLIONS OF TONS of CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere does not come with some effect.


    May 12, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. SDY225

    Ignorant, and proud of it.

    The "Know-Nothing" party strikes again. It's been more than 150 years since they formally dissolved, but unschooled hillbillies will never go out of style in American politics.

    May 12, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Wichita

    No one is saying that "every weather incident" is man-made. Rubio set up a straw argument simply to knock it down.

    May 12, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. BigSir

    Those ignorant of what science is, believe what they want to believe. A very dangerous type.

    May 12, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  10. CTed

    "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,"

    Huh? Please explain. He's proposing curbs to these emissions, and if the scientists are right that these emissions are causing warming, it will change nothing. This entire paragraph needs some additional explanation.

    May 12, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. dean morse

    Whew! I feel so much better knowing that the rest of modern science is wrong about the future of Earths climate, storms and drought. Thank you Senator Rubio for setting the record straight. I am certain voters will now elect you President.

    May 12, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. arale norimaki

    rubio= stupid is as stupid does Rubio is nothing more then a 'Jeb!' sock puppet, and literally cut from the cloth of never to die south Florida 'Batista' cult, not unlike his predecessor Mel, although I believe Rubio is tied much more closer to the old 'ruling families.Rubio is a product of entitlement through the mechanisms of the most corrupt political system I have seen (at the surface) during my lifetime in Florida. Yes, I agree, he does not really know what he is talking about...and the real reason is, is because he is not his own man, and really does not have a vision for the 'people' of Florida, except in a second hand way. The fact that Rubio could even make a statement about working Americans 'living off of others monies' is testament to whom he really works for...and it ain't the average Joe.

    May 12, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  13. Why believe him

    Why give this fool face time. He isn't a scientist and he has no background in this kind of stuff.
    All he says is that he doesn't believe in it. Beliefs are not reality.

    May 12, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Galileo

    That nice, but Science is NOT a "belief system", or a Democracy and YOUR grossly uniformed opinion does not matter. Polls do not matter. DATA MATTERS. All the Data indicates you are causing Climate Change; it is NOT historically normal, and it will get worse and worse and worse. I pray all the stoopids die first, but that usually doesn't happen that way.

    May 12, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. storm chaser 101

    So let's see.Marco rubio doesn't believe in man made climate change but does believe he is ready to be President.This guy is delusional.

    May 12, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. The REAL Truth...

    LOL – here we go again.. the politico's who don't believe in science spouting off again.. At least Rubio admitted that the GOP agrees that climate change is happening, but of course, it's not our fault. And of course, anything the POTUS proposes, they are against. It's page 1 of their playbook – Regardless of the source of any idea, legislation or budget (even our own) proposed, if Obama supports it, we will instantly take opposing sides. He cannot be seen to win anything. LOL

    May 12, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Y69

    Obama is not a scientist. Neither is Rubio. One can't make science-dependent decisions on the basis of "I believe/don't believe." One hires qualified people to gather and analyze information to make determinations. And then one listens to them. Answers are not rejected because you don't agree, based on your "belief."

    I am not a scientist either, but when the overwhelming majority of the world's scientists have reached a scientific conclusion, you cannot reject it based on an unqualified "belief."

    May 12, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. Russ

    Yep, Rubio.....Just stick your head in the sand along with your other niave Republican buddies. Read your bible and forget science. You'll do just fine. may drown before you pull your head out of the sand. Maybe Noah will return and build you an ark or something. As Forest Gump said, "Stupid is as Stupid does."

    May 12, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  19. Mike

    What a tool!

    May 12, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. TSB8C

    Let's see here – sea levels have not risen, temps have not climbed, NASA and NOAA both state no measurable increases in surface temps over last decade, even UN IPCC says change has "stalled", no major hurricanes in North America in a decade, slower than average tornado season. I agree. The only climate changes are the ones that take place four times each year. Spending trillions and jacking up energy costs won't change anything.

    May 12, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Jackson

    Well of course he doesn't believe in climate change. He also believes the earth is only a few thousand years old too.

    May 12, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Grumpster

    This is why this knuckle-dragger will never win a presidential race.

    May 12, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. Madison

    Cue the circus music....and emerging from the clown car......its mark Rubio!!!!

    May 12, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Ricky

    The good news is that almost every American thinks this guys is nuts, and he won't make it to the ticket. The only reason he wants to run for president is because he's going to lose his seat in Florida.

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

    "The President is, he's not a meteorologist." No kidding, and neither are you, Rubio. That's why our elected leaders need to listen to, weigh the facts and merits of, and make decisions based on data and analysis, not knee-jerk "opionion-based" positions. Rubio's all for the status quo: "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." In other words, he's not in favor of any solution that could affect his corporate donations.

    May 12, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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