Marco Rubio at Thursday’s GOP debate acknowledged that climate change existed, but said it was “because the climate has always been changing.”
Moderator Jake Tapper took his cue from Republican Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado — a Rubio endorser — who urged Tapper to ask Rubio to pledge to do something about climate change.
“I have long supported mitigation efforts,” Rubio said, noting, “South Florida was a bit of land that was largely a swamp.”
“But as far as a law that we can pass in Washington to change the weather, there’s no such thing,” Rubio said. “On the contrary, there is laws they want us to pass, there are laws they want to us pass that would be devastating for our economy.”
He criticized President Obama’s actions to address climate change.
“You know what impact it would have on the environment? Zero. Because China and India will still be polluting at historic levels,” Rubio said. “I want to be a safe and clean place but these laws they’re asking to pass will do nothing for the environment and will hurt and devastate our economy. ”
Tapper pressed him again, asking him if whether the Miami mayor was wrong about man contributing to climate change.
“I would say there’s no law we could pass that would have an impact on that,” Rubio said. He even argued that the mayor will start hearing from Floridians angry their electricity bills have gone up because of such laws.
“America is not a planet. It’s a country,” Rubio said.…
One stop was at the Manchester Town Hall meeting where a local man questioned Rubio about his climate change plans. “I am the proud father of three millennial Republican daughters and they have a major issue that is not often addressed by Republicans. Would you address climate change please?” he asked from the audience. The senator paused before answering the New Hampshire father. “OK, well the climate has always changed; I don’t mean that facetiously,” he responded. “There’s never been a time when the climate is identical; it’s always changing.”
Rubio said that when someone approaches him with legislation that attempts to tackle climate change he is very doubtful of its potential to help the environment.
“I say, ‘OK, if we pass this bill how many feet of sea rise will it prevent?’ Well, it won’t prevent any sea rise. ‘OK, well how many degrees of temperature will it avoid going up?’ Well, it won’t do that either,” he said.
Instead of prioritizing climate change legislation that he thinks hurts the economy and has no real impact on the environment, he said the better approach is to support innovators of American energy.
“We have to fully utilize all of our energy resources and that includes biofuels, renewables, all of that stuff, but we can’t destroy our economy,” Rubio said.…
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Sen. Marco Rubio on climate: ‘The question is what percentage of that — or what is due to human activity?’
GOP Florida Senator Marco Rubio:
“What I said was that humans are not responsible for climate change in the way that some of these people out there are trying to make us believe for the following reason: I believe the climate is changing because there has never been a moment when the climate is not changing,” he opined. “The question is what percentage of that — or what is due to human activity?”
According to Rubio, attempts to address climate change were pointless because scientists could not prove that any solution would be worth the damage it did to the economy.
“If we do the things they want us to do — cap and trade, you name it — how much will that change the pace of climate change versus how much will it cost our economy?” the candidate asked. “Scientists can’t tell us what impact it would have on reversing these changes. But I can tell you with certainty that it would have a devastating impact on our economy.”…