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. sly

    There were no schools in Mexico where Rubio grew up, so he had no formal education prior to sneaking into America.

    Rather than illustrate what a moron this man is, please try to help him learn how to read. Don't criticize – help the ignorant.

    May 12, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. edlf2014

    It is not only the 'we' who are causing climate change, it is implied that the U.S. is causing climate change. It is about time we start considering global climate change rather than just climate change which infers we should do our best to control climate change in the U.S. and this should solve global climate change. It might help to look at a globe to remind us how insignificant the U.S. is relative to the rest of the world.

    May 12, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. Yakobi

    Oh, I also have to point out that there have been far fewer hurricanes to make landfall in the U.S. than in previous centuries. The only reason Katrina and Sandy (a storm, not hurricane) got attention was because of WHERE they hit. BTW, after Katrina, these same fear-mongering left-wing "scientists" claimed there would be lots more cat-5 hurricanes to make landfall because of this so-called global warming. Know how many hurricanes there were the year after Katrina? ZERO!

    Don't believe the hype. Always be skeptical of doom predictors. Investigate the facts for yourself. Follow the money.

    May 12, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Alex

    Everyone saying "I'm waiting for the next ice age" or "this winter was the coldest in Chicago" as proof of global warming being a sham... you have got to be kidding me! Have you paid attention at all to the severe drought in Texas the past 3 years? I'm used to living with mongoloids here in America who think God is taking care of the earth – but didn't you stop and realize God also gave you the intelligence to take care of the earth? Apparently not everyone received this intelligence! Jesus H! What a bunch of stupid people in this country!

    May 12, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    If he gets the nomination, and runs.... I will be voting for him. The scientists who are saying that we are causing global weather changes are looking for those research dollars. I would like to point out that they can't predict the weather for tomorrow with 100% accuracy...... so how do you think they know what's going to happen globally?

    May 12, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |

    You don't even know his platform.

    May 12, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. bcgordy1

    AND................................the earth is flat, the check's in the mail, etc. etc. etc.

    May 12, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Polar Bear

    Of course, in the "tolerant" minds of liberals, there is no room for any opinion other than theirs. So, what is Rubio to them? Pick one: -denier, -hater, -phobe, -ist, etc. Those are the only debate tools at the disposal of liberals, the "progressive, tolerant" people. (Only if you agree with them, of course.)

    May 12, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. clank347

    There is no indication that if we go forward with plans to severly reduce greenhouse gasses that it will have a negative effect on the economy. On the contrary, there is a lot of evidence that sweeping changes in enviromental practices foster innovation and lower energy costs.

    May 12, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Alex

    If he gets the nomination, and runs.... I will be voting for him. The scientists who are saying that we are causing global weather changes are looking for those research dollars. I would like to point out that they can't predict the weather for tomorrow with 100% accuracy...... so how do you think they know what's going to happen globally?

    May 12, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |

    You don't even know his platform.
    HAHAHA. Southern Hottie – it doesn't matter. These retards will vote for anyone who said "God Bless America!" That's enough of a platform for the majority of our fellow Americans. We are so screwed....

    May 12, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. fr33d0mhawk

    @ Roger- I am not a liberal nut, I don't believe Bush orchestrated 9-11 meaning I am not a liberal nut/ Truther, and I totally understand your economic argument. As long as the other economic powers refuse to do anything about CO2 pollution, we can't afford to address CO2 pollution with any seriousness, therefore, we can't do it unilaterally, and if we were the only ones, CO2 pollution would continue to go up. Now as to your sniveling, I voted for Obama because I had a choice between Obama and McCain/Palin the complete idiot and Obama and Etcha Sketch Romney who basically admitted that he hates the bottom 47%, almost half of Americans, who paid less of a portion of his income in taxes than I did and I only earn mid 5 figures, Romney the coward who refused to tell the McVeigh worshipping rabble that Obama was born in Hawaii, deal with it. The problem is almost the entire Republican field are a bunch of imbecilic liars and rabble-rousers who perpetuate seditious lies to incite hatred in order to win elections. Its too bad that we don't have a Republican party that cares about all Americans, that admits truths, no matter how inconvenient, and that doesn't promote seditious lies in order to foment right wing terrorism and extremism. The party of Bill Buckley is gone, and an American version of the Taliban has taken its place.

    May 12, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. doug

    the problem with a good joke, like Mr. Rubio, is that they often get elected.

    May 12, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Bden

    Who says its just CO2? Literally every home with air conditioning or a fridge has a 70% chance of containing the chlorine that is eating holes in the ozone layer. you know, that big ring of O3 that protects us from radiation from the sun.

    anyone who says humans ARENT affecting the earth are getting money put in their pockets by people who benefit from how things are now.

    May 12, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. UHG

    Poof the ignorant stay ignorant.

    May 12, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. UHG

    GOP will never admit anything that may cost them money to fix.

    May 12, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. kenmargo

    Even if you believe climate change is "natural", does that mean we have the right to make it worse? We should be doing everything in our power to slow cliamte change even if we can't reverse it. What good is having a job if you're not heathy enough to do it! What about or children's and grand children's future. Remember the olympics in china? People walking around looking like michael jackson back in the day with doctor masks on. Is that what you want our future to be like?

    May 12, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. Mr. Mojo

    Marco Rubio is an idiot whose conclusions fly in the face of every credible researcher involved in earth sciences. The reason the problem isn't getting solved is because there are too many Marco Rubios in the world. I'd like to see things from their perspective but I'm not flexible enough to get my head up my butt.

    May 12, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Alex

    @Yakobi "Follow the money"

    Ugh, I did. It ends @ the energy corporations.

    May 12, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. my10cents

    Ok Sen. Rubio, for argument's sake let's assume that climate change isn't happening. When you remove that item from the discussion it then becomes a decision to make the hard ecological changes to make the "world" healthier. We still need to make the best\hard choices that will leave us with enough clean drinkable water, clean breathable air, less reliance on products that require us to scar or ruin the environment where we get them. None of these choices are directly related to preventing climate change but can help just in case it is happening. Of course this will prevent your cronies from getting the biggest profit from their "dirty" little industries but that is exactly (no surprises here) the reason you stood up there as their shill to rebuke the recent findings.

    May 12, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Butter Lard

    Rubio on Planetary Movement Around Sun

    "It's not us".

    May 12, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Dinesh

    Right., Yakobi has shown his ignorance of science.

    Just because a clock pendulum moves up and down periodically does not mean that it wasn't me that caused it to move faster when I smacked it. This is the dumbest argument I've heard so far cloaked in a pretense of knowing science. I suggest you go read some technical papers on Climate Change, learn some math and come back to debate with something to say..

    May 12, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. dpeters11

    He's right that not every severe storm, etc is related to global warming. Sometimes a storm is just a storm. But it's the overall trend.

    My main concern though is if he feels that pollution has no effect, would he reverse all current regulation? After all, if he's right and pollution doesn't affect the climate, businesses would save a lot of money if they didn't have to be concerned about what they put into the air or water.

    May 12, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. squidbro

    There are a lot of really ignorant and wishful people commenting on this.
    The status quo reality is that climate change will severely alter
    human experience and survival. For example, the east Antarctic ice sheet
    is going to melt and the entire state of Florida which Rubio
    alleges to represent will become a submerged but productive fishery area.
    You fools can wish for all you want but the science is correct.

    May 12, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. buddy

    guys calm down, a politician says humans arent responsible, we should take his word for it, politicians are like scientists but better

    May 12, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. noly972

    Sen Rubio said, "The President is, he's not a meteorologist." Neither are you, Sen Rubio, neither are you. But, since the President is willing to listen to meteorologists & other scientists and you aren't, he carries more credibility than you. His opinion is more informed. It's sad that you don't understand that.

    May 12, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Thomas

    How in the world can a guy like Marco Rubio become a United States Senator ?

    He was to old for GW Bush's " No Child Left Behind ".

    Rubio / Perry 2016
    Robots need not clean air nor water .

    May 12, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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