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. Rizzo

    We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the ' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are in danger Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your bags, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.”
    ― George Carlin

    May 12, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. wonfish

    I'd like to know his expert, scientific view on Higgs-Boson particles. Or relativistic electrodynamics.

    Everyone is an expert!

    May 12, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. It Makes Sense

    "57% of the public said human activities were behind global warming" - How did 57% of the public get this information? From years of liberal media shoveling it down our throats. The sheep in this great nation are going to be the demise of this great nation...

    May 12, 2014 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Francisco Escobedo

    Bertrand Russell : "Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken."

    May 12, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. spike1234

    “Bad science gone berserk,” is how Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman characterized a just released White House report on global warming.

    The 800 plus page report is just one more act of violence against science perpetrated under the guise of saving the planet from some imagined future ills, with the full intent of scaring the American people into supporting emergency action.

    No warming for almost 18 years now. They are getting desperate to pick your wallet

    May 12, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. spike1234

    Unstoppable solar cycles – look it up.

    May 12, 2014 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. balls mcghee

    The best part about science is that it is true whether you believe it or not.

    May 12, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Cleo O'Donnell

    If you believe this guy, you have no scientific knowledge beyond the 6th grade.

    May 12, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. spoo

    It is not about if you or other people believe or not, it is about do you understand or not?, if you do not, then your opinion is irrelevant and you should let those who really do understand express their opinions and knowledge so public policies can be based in facts.

    May 12, 2014 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. paouser70

    As if anyone thinks this guy has anything more than a 2 digit IQ..... better to be thought a fool and open your mounth... too late for marco.

    May 12, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. JohnRJohnson

    Marco Rubio will say ANYTHING to appeal to the right-wing base of the GOP. He'll say utterly ignorant things like this. The guy is unfit for public office.

    May 12, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Gerald

    IGNORANT!!! He's talking about the weather...scientists are talking about CLIMATE. And if he's not ignorant, he's greedy and wants to fight for the companies that would bankroll his campaigns. He needs to get his @55 back to Cuba!

    May 12, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Mitch

    Let's see...if Rubio is correct and the massive increase in CO2 he acknowledges isn't a result of our activities, then that means that there's another source of CO2 somewhere on the planet that must literally DWARF the amounts we've been pumping into the atmosphere for better than 100 years, and from billions of sources daily these days, in order for our amounts to not be contributing to the problem. Yet no such source exists, unless it's harder to find than a Malaysian jet, anyway. I get politics, but stupid is just plain stupid. And he, and many like him, are f'in stooooooopid.

    May 12, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. paouser70

    It Makes Sense.. "57% of the public said human activities were behind global warming" – How did 57% of the public get this information? From years of liberal media shoveling it down our throats. The sheep in this great nation are going to be the demise of this great nation...
    Not as long as we keep the right/wrong wing out of power... you tea-bagger sheep need to remember that.

    May 12, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Brian, NJ

    97% of scientists is more than a "vast consensus". I suppose he also doesn't think cigarettes cause lung cancer?

    May 12, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Matt

    Climate change denial makes as much sense as denying evolution. Marco Rubio should stick to politics and he doesn't even do that well. It's a sorry state of affairs when at least some of 5the Anerican people will listen to this drivel.

    May 12, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. Terri

    Here's the thing: to say that scientific consensus is wrong just "because I believe it" is flat-out crazy. Seriously, that's the logic of the insane.

    I won't vote for anybody who says anything that nutty. And I don't know anybody else who will, either.

    May 12, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. GTS58

    Poor Rubio is now being crucified by the far-left progressive global warming zealots who are totally intolerant of any opinion contrary to their own beliefs. The environmental extremist will not tolerate even the slightest opposite opinion – theie opinion is the only one that matters as they like to say "the debate is over." Well, the debate is not over! Idiots like Al Gore, Prince Charles and Bill Nye DO NOT have the final word – they are not God. Congratulations to Rubio for speaking his mind!

    May 12, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Matt

    Has it occured to anyone that Rubio is being paid to make this statement by his large corporate backers that stand to lose money from alternative energy and greener policies?

    May 12, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Tucson Attorney

    I wonder what he will say when the water is up to his knees in Orlando.

    May 12, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Shimanilami

    Rubio's comments regarding the cause (or not) of climate change are inelegant and unhelpful, to say the least, but his comments about what we can do about it are right on. Reducing CO2 emissions in the US will do little, given the growth of countries such as China, Brazil, and India, other than hurt our economy. If we really want to do something about climate change, we need to take much bolder steps (e.g. pollute the ionosphere) .... steps that nobody in politics is willing to propose.

    May 12, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Bill from GA

    There's really nothing to fear in Climate Change.

    After a few hundred years, maybe a thousand, the human race will be reduced to a sustainable level, assuming enough survive the rapidly changing climate's effects on our food and water supplies. Much of the coastal areas of the planet will be underwater, the Southwest of our country, as well as much of Africa and Australia, will dry up, many species will disappear, but the planet will survive.

    Of course, humans will spend trillions of dollars fighting the changes, when it becomes obvious to even the most backward among us. Too bad we can't afford to start now on lessening the damage.

    May 12, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. qqqqqjim

    Marco Rubio is spot on. I believe everything he says..............A Fellow Member of the Flat Earth Society

    May 12, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. CryBabies

    spoo.....kinda like Al Gore really understands??

    May 12, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. Kathy Fleming

    Can you imagine this ignorant bumpkin in the White House? Wonder if he can read?

    May 12, 2014 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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