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December 18, 2014

Reactions to Rubio’s Comments on Global Warming: ‘The Fail Here is Huge’

Juliet Lapidos: “There’s something almost cute about [Rubio’s comments] — a hedge he can bring out in a general election if he’s accused of willful stupidity. I’m not a climate-change denier, he might say, I just don’t think scientists are giving us an accurate picture.”

“Does Mr. Rubio think scientists are lying? Or that they don’t know what they’re talking about? Either way, what leads him to believe that the ‘portrait’ of climate change offered by scientists is inaccurate?”

“He believes that climate scientists have made a schoolboy error, and that he—Marco ‘not a scientist, man’ Rubio — knows better.”

Alec MacGillis: “It would be one thing if Rubio was trying to downplay man-made climate change if he was the senator from a state that is greatly dependent on drawing fossil fuels out of the earth and pumping carbon dioxide into the atmospheresay, Oklahoma or West Virginia or North Dakota. But Rubio represents Florida, and is in fact from Miami. Whichhow to say this nicely?is in the process of drowning.”

Jonathan Chait: “It is possible that Rubio is referring to a notion, popular among climate-science skeptics, that global temperatures have risen and fallen over hundreds of thousands of years. But that can’t be the basis for his confident dismissal of climate science, since, as noted before, Rubio thinks it’s entirely possible the Earth is only six thousand years old.”

John Abraham of the Guardian: “The fail here is huge.”

“I have said this before but it is worth repeating. How we handle climate change should not be a political issue.”

“When we look back on this issue, at the legacies that are being created right now, conservatives will regret making climate obstructionism a litmus test for their politicians.”

  • centerroad

    Rubio has shown a distinct inability to look ahead, he’ll be lucky to survive a senate rerun, and this along with his immigration blindness will be the end of him.

  • Gerry Mander

    He had a credit card problem with the republican party–A foreclosure problem on some property in Talahasee–problem with when his mother & father came from Cuba–helped negotiate a immegration bill in the senate then voted against his own bill–this guy can’t be trusted ,who would want to vote for him for anything !!!

  • Galileo

    Rubio is the poster boy for the Republican presidential candidate problem — the dog whistle is now audible. To be noiminated one must pass muster with the fanatical right, and to do so one must say things the general electorate recognizes as either stupid or craven.

  • Jesse4

    Well, he’s just a conservative after all.
    You can’t expect too much from him on this sort of topic.

  • mike murray

    Easter Island Syndrome. Humans will never learn!

  • GloriousCause

    Climate change in and of itself is not the real issue. It is whether we can do anything about it. As for Rubio, he did himself in by working with Schumer on amnesty.

  • TravisJSays

    Jonathan Chait: “It is possible that Rubio is referring to a notion, popular among
    climate-science skeptics, that global temperatures have risen and fallen
    over hundreds of thousands of years. ”

    It’s possible that Chait is an idiot who is unaware that it’s a basic fact of planet earth that its climate has been naturally variable for its entire lifetime, most recently in the past million years oscillating in and out of ice ages. Or he may want to cast reality as a specialized notion only climate-science skeptics are aware.

    “Does Mr. Rubio think scientists are lying?
    Or that they don’t know what they’re talking about? Either way, what
    leads him to believe that the ‘portrait’ of climate change offered by
    scientists is inaccurate?”

    “He believes that climate scientists have
    made a schoolboy error, and that he—Marco ‘not a scientist, man’ Rubio —
    knows better.”

    Alec MacGillis: “… is in fact from Miami. Which—how to say this nicely?—is in the process of drowning.”
    How to say this nicely? Alec MacGillis has an estranged relation with facts and reality. With sea level rise measured in millimeters, Miami isnt even close to ‘drowning’ any time this century.

    The climate change agenda fail here is huge. They can’t get other countries to do anything, nobody but the usual environmental suspects gives a hoot, and
    they cant even get the media-‘savvy’ Republicans to kowtow to the inane shibboleths of the media ClimateMongers.

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