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. Tommy G

    So if the USA spent $100 TRILLION dollars next year to reduce our pollution to ZERO, it would have NO AFFECT on climate change, even if it was occurring, which people BELIEVE but cannot prove!!! The USA needs to demand the world's worse polluters come up to our standards before we spend one cent on this rubbish.

    May 12, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. catori Shadi

    Here's where Rubio starts going wrong – ""The President is, he's not a meteorologist.".

    This isn't METEOROLOGY. It's CLIMATOLOGY. This is where the naysayers obfuscate. Global climate change is a climatological theory, not a meteorological theory.

    May 12, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. Dude

    I know he's protecting big industry but to make a fool of yourself when its obvious that public opinion has now officially permanently swayed the other way is downright asinine

    May 12, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Brad

    Of course young Marko is a learned man of science. What a feeb. Also, this little fellow is bought and paid for. The talk of him as a viable candidate for POTUS is dang scary - I wouldn't vote for him for dog catcher.

    May 12, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Angie M

    Key word here : "believe". Science is not a religion. We study physical phenomena and look for the most likely cause. Human activities have changed the composition of the atmosphere. That is a fact. It is not the only contributor to climate change but is the one we can modify to increase our future generations chances of survival.

    May 12, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. Troy

    Yeah ... and the earth is only 6,000 years old, flat and the sun revolves around it too.

    May 12, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. anonymous

    If everyone who believed global Warming is cause by humans, and thus can be solved by humans, gave up fossil fuels, we would have an instant 50% drop in CO2 emissions. The world will be saved, and those of us who are skeptical of the "plans" to save the world can continue to have reasonable use of fossil fuels. The only problem with this plan is the liberals won't have anything to feel guilty about.

    can we just get rid of all the lefties and liberals instead???

    May 12, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Bhalzinya

    "There's nothing we can do about it" doesn't sound very presidential.

    May 12, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. SteveS

    The party of....stupid....strikes again!!!

    May 12, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. bobo

    Science is never totally proven on Climate...... See example.....

    Science; Worrying About a New Ice Age

    February 23, 1969,
    , Section the week in review, Page E10, Column , words


    For the past few hundred thousand years the climate of the earth has oscillated enough to produce a succession of frigid ice ages and warm interglacial periods. It has generally been assumed that these climate changes were gradual, but new theories that they occur with devastating suddenness are now being tested.

    May 12, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. integrity66


    I didn't say he should kill himself, just stay in the car long enough to understand that automobiles DO have an effect on the environment !

    And when you multiple Rubio's car by the number of automobiles on Planet Earth he might be able to understand one of the man-made causes of climate change instead of "pretending" humans have "no effect".

    May 12, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. Jamming With Edward

    Another "I believe every word of the Bible, but hundreds of scientists? Eh, what do they know?
    Besides, the end times a comin' so let's party while we can. Hurricanes are GOOD for business,
    create jobs, yep."

    May 12, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. revbro

    These same pollutants would still be destroy our earth without man.... yes this is a really intelligent argument. People would still get lung cancer even without cigarettes... so smoking is definitely not a major cause of lung cancer. This is the logic of those who will do anything to oppose science. Trust in the Lord and he will take care of all the pollution and only cancers.. no need for his creation to help him out with anything.

    May 12, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. Thomas

    I can't wait to see Marco Rubio giving a speech wearing an oxygen mask .

    Would somebody please buy him a one way ticket to Beijing for this years smog festival .

    Rubio / Perry 2016
    Clean coal is Now ?

    May 12, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. H Naslund

    Climate change is real and it is largely man made. Politicos who say otherwise are either stupid or dishonest. The real debate we should be having is what will it cost to do something about it and what will it cost if we do nothing about it. That is a real debate!

    May 12, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Jules

    If he believes the right wing naysayers instead of an overwhelming number of scientists, he should not be president. What's he going to do if he gets the nomination – say, well maybe we do contribute to climate change?

    May 12, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. columbus

    " 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."

    I always find this argument laughable, especially from conservatives. It doesn't matter whether you believe global warming is natural or man made, it's happening and we can either adapt to it and survive or ignore it and die. Taking a proactive approach opens whole new ways of doing things and therefore whole new opportunities for businesses and wealth building.

    May 12, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. MrMufasa

    Why do so many conservatives without any relevant scientific training consider themselves to be experts on climate change, and how could they possibly be so certain of their position without any credentials, particularly when their view goes against the established consensus of the community of scientists who actually have the expertise to really understand climate change and human influences on it? Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are the best examples. A high school diploma is the extent of their knowledge. And you believe them over a mass of experts who actually know what they are doing. The explanation is simple: People who tell you what you want to hear have an advantage that is not easily overcome, even in the face of compelling evidence and reasoned argument. Can't fix stupid.

    May 12, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. tree

    "The President is, he's not a meteorologist..." Uhh, Rubio...First of you are not a meterologist. Secondly, this is climate science we are talking about, not meterology. Two differenct sciences. They do have some similarities, but they are also very different. I don't want to get my climate sciencne from a meterologist, I want it from a climatologist.


    May 12, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Dyslexic doG

    FOX News has successfully convinced half of the country to disregard all the data and believe whatever they tell them. What a slow growing cancer that network is for this country.

    May 12, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Ken L

    He's an idiot. Why give him any publicity? That just lends credence to his foolishness. Like Bachmann and Palin, he should just be ignored.

    May 12, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. hotpoker

    Stop being the STUPID PARTY!. You're hopeless though.

    May 12, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Justin

    Well I know who I am NOT voting for in the 2016 election! This guy is a moron!

    May 12, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Jim

    Basic chemistry – car engines, and every other reasonably efficient hyrdrocarbon fueled device, output primarily carbon dioixide and water. Carbon monoxide is the result of incomplete burning and it is horribly inefficient. Modern cars have this engineered out. Only the crappiest 30 year old cars put out any substanatial carbon monoxide.

    May 12, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Macc

    We need to say "Save the Humans!" It's a pro life issue.
    Like George Carlan said "the Earth will shrug us off like a bad cold".

    May 12, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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