Yesterday, Marco Rubio laid out his position on climate change clearly saying,“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes.”
Rubio is choosing to ignore 97% of scientists who disagree with him, just to cater to the tea party base, instead of his constituents. The Third National Climate Assessment, compiled by over 300 experts, reported that climate changes have the potential to make Florida one of the most threatened areas of the country.
Rubio has lost touch with the priorities of Florida just to pursue tea party base support and chase his 2016 GOP Presidential nominee aspirations.
Even Republican Joe Scarborough has dinged him over it.
Here is just some of the coverage of Rubio’s comments so far:
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “I don’t associate myself with Marco’s point”
“I don’t associate myself with Marco’s point, but there are variations of that. You can believe there is climate change, as I do. And you can believe that human activity has played a significant role, as I do.”
“With his comments, Mr. Rubio became the first of three prominent Florida Republicans, including another potential presidential candidate, former Gov. Jeb Bush, to comment publicly on climate change following the release of the report, which named Miami as one of the cities most vulnerable to severe damage as a result of rising sea levels.”
“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.”
“Marco Rubio isn’t buying it. Even though the White House said last week that climate change is a reality, and the Pentagon has acknowledged it is working on preparing for the effects of a warmer planet, the Republican senator from Florida says he isn’t really worried.”
“Rubio’s denial that human activity is to blame for climate change could stand him in good stead with the conservatives who dominate some Republican nomination contests, although it puts him at odds with the views of most Americans.”
Huffington Post: Marco Rubio: I Don’t Believe Humans Are Causing Climate Change
“As the leader of the Florida House in 2008, Rubio helped pass a law directing the state Department of Environmental Protection to develop a carbon emissions capping system. He has since distanced himself from that vote, arguing that he never supported cap and trade, only the idea that the state should look into such a system. And when the system ultimately did not pass, he cheered its failure. . . . But those who worked on that bill in Florida have called him an opportunist and a flip-flopper on the topic.”