Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) revisited the subject of global warming, assuring the media that he does believe that climate is changing. But, he says, he doubts there is anything we can do about it.
During a May 11 visit to ABC’s This Week, Sen. Rubio noted that he didn’t feel that humans were causing global warming.
“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” Rubio said.
Rubio went further, stating, “I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.”
During the next two days, Rubio was beset by liberal critics over the interview. On Tuesday, he addressed the subject again.
On May 13, at a National Press Club luncheon, Rubio revisited the issue. He asserted that he never really doubted that humans have caused climate change. But he added that he was skeptical that there was anything that the U.S. could do legislatively to address the problem.
“Headlines notwithstanding, of course the climate is changing, the climate is always changing,” Rubio said. “The issue is not whether the climate is changing. … The issue is whether there are legislative proposals before us that can do anything about it.”
Rubio also revealed that he is against cap and trade legislation and said that the U.S. cannot solve the world’s climate issue by itself.
“The truth of the matter is the United States is a country, it is not a planet,” Rubio said, pointing out that no matter what the U.S. does, it won’t change what countries such as China and India do.
Rubio is walking a careful line here. On one hand, he is agreeing that global warming is man-made, despite the fact that many center-right voters don’t concur. This does, however, appeal to center-left voters. Yet Rubio says he doesn’t favor legislation to address it because any lone action by the U.S. would be pointless and self-destructive, a position with which many center-left voters do not agree. This, though, appeals to center-right voters.
Sen. Rubio’s main topic of discussion at the National Press Club was entitlement reform, especially Social Security reform.
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