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. Bubba

    Just when you think that Republicans cannot possibly say something more STUPID than what they previously said; a Republipuppet shocks us by proving that GOP stupidity knows no bounds.

    May 12, 2014 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. Pedro

    Sen Rubio you got it all wrong this time, humans activities have contributed negatively on climate change. Just have a look at the Amazon forest it teach us a lot. Climate change is real and it affects the lives of common people in their daily lives. Lets stop scroring political points and get real.

    May 13, 2014 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  3. JP

    Hi Mr.Rubio, Can you prove that humans aren't behind the climate change? do you know what cause the climate change ? do you know how to fix it ? this is not a political problems like Democrats or Republicans, this is a Science problem. Do you understand?

    May 13, 2014 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  4. 2_indy1600

    If either party truly believed in doing something about climate change, the first thing to do is relocate everyone living at elevations under 300 feet. Ready? Of course, not, that's actually a first step that would save lives. It makes too much sense, and you will never see the plans for something as reasonable as a first step, because the assessments do not agreee. Period.

    May 13, 2014 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  5. Jon

    I love the way conservatives love to paint Obama as the boogeyman. From their perspective, Obama took a week off from running the country and said, "I need to write a weather report". These kinds of red-herrings and disinformation are the reason that the republican party is dead to me. Who's Rubio kidding here? Obama isn't a Meteorologist any more than Rubio is a Climatologist. What pure stupidity to stand there and mock the work of all these scientists. What are the TeaPublicans going to say when they finally realize global warming is real and we caused it? I especially liked Rubio's Lame Duck response on how to handle air pollution. "Other countries aren't doing anything so neither should we" What a joke! What happened to America leading the way? Why do we have to wait until some other country comes to their senses and does the right thing?

    May 13, 2014 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  6. Minnie Mouse

    Study up on "Climate Change" and maybe then you will be able to give some ideas on how to solve the problems and realize humans are involved. We can't do nothing like you are thinking.

    May 13, 2014 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
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