NASA’s work extends well beyond space exploration – they’re world leaders in studying climate change.
Rubio, who has professed “I’m not a scientist, man,” is also a climate science denier.
Earlier this year, Rubio told ABC’s Jonathan Karl “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.” He then told CNN that it was an “enormous stretch” to say weather incidents could be attributable to human activity. He also told the Miami Herald that the reason behind climate change was an “opinion” from scientists.
Today’s Rubio’s big day to have the experts teach him about climate change and the real-world impact it could have on Florida.
Here are a few facts about climate change for Rubio to review:
- The Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral area are threatened by storm surges that regularly breach dunes near the launch pads.
- NASA has concluded that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activity. In May, the White House released the Third National Climate Assessment, which included many contributions and studies from NASA scientists.
- Florida’s sea levels are rising, and people and property are at risk of harm. The work that scientists at agencies like NASA do every day is critical to Floridians’ safety.
After co-sponsoring an amendment to reduce funding for NASA, voting against the NASA Reauthorization Bill Of 2013, and voting against the bipartisan bill that funded NASA during FY 2012, it is clear that Rubio’s denial is outright dangerous.
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