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July 24, 2014

Rubio: ‘These Scientists’ Are Wrong About Climate Change

In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, Sen. Marco Rubio “expressed deep skepticism about whether man-made activity has played a role in the Earth’s changing climate … [and] he doesn’t believe there is action that could be taken right now that would have an impact on what’s occurring with our climate.”

Rubio: “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it … and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.”

Rubio: “I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow, there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate.  Our climate is always changing.  And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and — and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity…”

  • mrbeenie

    Sen. Rubio is worried that he might have to save up those water bottles in case climate change is real.

    • Progressive Republican

      How about, “When he finds out climate change is real.”?

  • Red Phillips

    So sayeth the dude from the lowest elevation state of all 50. A sea level rise of thirty feet and half of Florida is Manatee country.

    • citizenw

      “Let it go, Let it go…! ” LOL

  • Juan Abee

    First the so called scientists say there used to be an ice sheet a mile thick over the central USA. Then they jump to the conclusion that man is causing all the ice on the earth to melt. What ever happened to common sense?

    • Jesse4

      I don’t know what happened to common sense.
      It seems just about anyone should be able to figure out that just because earth warmed for one reason a long time ago, it could still warm for another reason later.
      But, there are people who somehow still get confused by that.

    • DKDC

      Next thing you know they’ll be saying the earth is 4.5 billion years old and that it revolves around the sun, or some other kind of nonsense.

    • stevenharnack

      Common sense? Wouldn’t common sense dictate that you listen to and take the advice of people who have made it their life’s work to study the earth’s climate changes over the whole history of the earth rather than a politician who knows zip about the subject? Someone who bases his whole opinion on how he “feels” about the subject? You and common sense don’t even have a casual relationship.

  • moderatesunite

    The essential mistake here is that we have “only a few decades of research”
    That’s why scientist went to such lengths to study underwater soil samples, ice core samples, tree rings, and date rocks from around the world.
    Taken together we get a pretty good understanding of what has occurred in the past, and a even a fairly detailed picture of the past few hundred thousand years

    • Chris

      I’m going to go ahead and say that anybody who can’t identify a long term trend with fifty years of research probably shouldn’t be a scientist, anybody who thinks that fifty years of research isn’t enough to identify long term trends shouldn’t be making policy decisions, and anybody who doesn’t know the difference between fifty years of research and fifty years of data shouldn’t have an opinion.

  • Progressive Republican

    Sounds to me like another petulant brat whining that “Somebody (well nearly everybody) else is smarter than me and capable of coming to logical fact-based conclusions that I don’t like”.

    Poor baby. Maybe when half of Florida is underwater he might change his mind.

    Nah. He’ll just chalk it up to being another Marxist plot or something equally ludicrous. Ha has had a lot of practice at it after all.

    • DKDC

      Or maybe Obama is using drones armed with lasers to melt the ice cap to distract from Benghazi.

      • Juan Abee

        Ive got an idea. Let’s all assume that when ice melts it all flows into the ocean and that none of it is carried in the atmosphere, none of it is absorbed by the land, none of it falls back as snow on the poles, and all of it goes to raise the ocean level. There, and because ice never melted before we burned coal or drove cars it is only logical that we tax these until they stop and go back to riding horses and reading by oil lamps.

        • stevenharnack

          Water “absorbed by the land” makes mud. As for the rest of it, go look at any river. All of that water is constantly heading back to the ocean. Most children are aware of this.

          • Juan Abee

            You see what you want to see that is convienent for you and ignore everything else. You want humans to be to blame for climate change because then you can blame others for a natural occurance. There is a giant crack running down the center of the Atlantic ocean from north to south. It is deep under the Water except where it comes aground in Iceland. Huge amounts of gas is escaping into the water and the atmosphere and guess what it is? CO2. Manmade? Nope! Oops. Very inconvient for you because you can’t blame that on anyone else. Not to mention the fact that the volcanic action is warming the ocean. Oops another inconvient fact. And I could go on and on but why waste the time. You already have your mind made up. Anything bad that happens is someone else’s fault. That way we can blame them. Hell maybe we can get them to pay! Let’s charge a carbon tax. That’s a good one. In fact it was the USA that broke away from England. There its our fault. And the more we break away the wider the crack and the more CO2 escapes. So it really is our fault. I would like you to pay first.

      • Progressive Republican

        You’re clearly more clever than Rubio. he would never have come up with that.

        Nice.

  • http://smoothatonalsound.wordpress.com Jake

    “a handful of decades of research”

    I like what he did there. He said “a handful” to make it seem like it’s a tiny amount, but then followed it by “decades of research.” So really, he’s trying to make it sound like “these scientists” (when in fact he means over 90% of all scientists) just have a small amount of research, when in fact “a handful of decades” is 30-40 years.

    He quite effectively turned 30-40 years of research by almost all climate scientists, which sounds quite convincing and definitive, into “a handful of decades of research” by “these scientists,” which makes it sound like amateur hour by a bunch of hacks. Bravo, Sen. Rubio, really. Bravo.

    “I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there” sounds much more equivocal than “I don’t agree with the notion that MOST are putting out there,” which is much more true.

  • dragonfly

    Climate change is Made on the Mat. There are just so too many of us.

  • CEMQ

    Rubio stated – “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it …

    He also did not believe that using the political refugee story to describe his early life would not be discovered.

    His parents, born in Cuba, emigrated to our Nation before Castro took power in Cuba. They actually returned twice to live in Cuba when Castro was in power. Meaning that the “refugee background success story” so loved by the Cuban exile community, (which he lied about to be elected), is not his.

    He is therefore “just another immigrant” and not a “heroic refugee from communism”. He is just a “poser”. Just another fraud who will do and say anything to get what he wants.

  • Al_the_Plumber

    Rubio should take a more realistic position. It is extremely likely that much climate change is man-made. However, there also is a lot of climate change BS, e.g., regarding the number & intensity of hurricanes. Huge numbers of freak events are possible, and some are just about bound to occur even though their individual probabilities are very small. When a few occur, lots of climate change advocates make knee-jerk, idiotic, unsubstantiated, etc. statements about them.

    Al, The Plumber of the Depths of Lunacy
    Twitter: @Al_the_Plumber

  • tom

    There was Hurricane Sandy. Which both Cuomo and Obama told everyone was directly caused by global warming. The last major NE hurricane was 1938. Then there were the other 20 or so hurricanes to hit NE in the 20th Century and another 20 or so in the 19th Century.

    So why would anybody want to doubt Obama besides racism? Or doubt Cuomo unless they are a homophobe as well as Denier, probably denying not only climate change but probably also the holocaust too. Sick people these RWers are. Why do they have to make it so hard to get some good old progressive change moving along nicely. Why disagree with my leaders?

  • Chris

    “…what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and — and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend…”

    I’m going to go ahead and say that anybody who can’t identify a long term trend with fifty years of research probably shouldn’t be a scientist, anybody who thinks that fifty years of research isn’t enough to identify long term trends shouldn’t be making policy decisions, and anybody who doesn’t know the difference between fifty years of research and fifty years of data shouldn’t have an opinion.

  • t172048

    Blame the sun, as it gets more active it gets hotter on Earth, and as it gets less active the Earth cools. As the continents move and volcanos become more active the climates change. Please don’t blame me for driving a truck instead of a glorified golf cart, the sun and geologic forces are much bigger than us.

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