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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Sen. Marco Rubio says he doesn’t believe humans are causing climate change and doesn’t think any action can reverse course.

“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 from Florida 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.

“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.

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 heavily 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.

“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.


  • Bill

    Why does CBS 6 play into this foolishness? It doesn’t matter how many ill-informed citizens agree with this this professional politician or not as you have asked on social media. Unless you are a science academic, your opinion on facts are irrelevant and a waste of time.

    A truly newsworthy headline would read: Rubio Chooses Not to Believe 97% of Scientists on Science

    You’re welcome.

    • tjallen

      Excellent comment Bill. In addition, it doesn’t matter that Obama is not a meteorologist; he’s also not a financier, not an economist, not an architect, not a military analyst, etc. He has experts and advisers to help him in every field. He listens to the expert advice, unlike Rubio, who admits he isn’t listening to the climate experts.

      • buzz

        Dear idiot. If you ever read one article have you seen the words prediction? cumputer predictions? The earth and the u s have actualy been experiencing less in the way of severe storms, Hurricanes , tornadoes. This is over the past 20 years you stupid clowns and the stats prove it! the fact that carbon cant be proven to affect the atmosphere for another 200 years is alos saying the fact that you clowns have no valid arguement and you have lost your point. The obama adm has destoyed 3 million jobs in the coal industry by shuttering 350 coal fired power plants. 200 more in 2 years with 2.5 million more jobs to go. Higer power rates. you stupid clowns want more money out of your pockets? have at it! Energy shortages? yes! bring it on!You libturds are just brain washed dung swallowing koolaid dinking fools of the obama adm . you will believe andthing that clown throws out from his loins and will swallow anything he shoots down your throats! your pathetic

    • Clayton Bigsby

      Humans started global warming 10,000 years ago. It ended the ice age and it’s been getting warmer ever since.

      • manalishi

        During the 70’s & 80″s scientists proclaimed we were heading for another ice age too. Furthermore, Which one of bathhouse Barry Soertoro’s advisers have professional credentials at all. I have yet to see a double digit IQ that voted for him.

  • buzz

    Time to tick of the libturds, te nut jobs who think climate change is real. Since you nut jobs, you psychos had your global warming crappola debunked several years ago your now clinging to carbon which is also bogus and has and never will be proven to be a problem . Its a goverment scamto tax us and devised by the u n for wealth redistribution. Over 3 million jobs have been lost in the coal industry so far thanks to obama, High paying coal jobs. Railroad related ect. The list goes on. Our power rates keep going up thanks to the epa and with another 200 plus to be shut down more rates going up and power shortages to ensue in the next 2 years thanks to no power plants being built to replace them since they are to expensive to run and nat gas is to high right now. Now to realy tick you all off go to clmate depot web site. Its a blog that john coleman has. He founded the weather channel and has debunked every one of you clowns theories on climate change from day one. as a matter of fact we have had less storms . less hurricanes. And as of right now you dumb fools this is the coldest year ince we have been keeping records so take that and shove it!

  • Johnnie G

    It is not just warming, it is extreme weather patterns…like what we just experienced in Virginia.
    It is a shame that a person wants to get votes so badly they will ignore or downplay what has been proven.
    Must be desperate.

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