Marco Rubio Defies the Climate Change Scamsters (But He Could Do Better)

It was refreshing to hear Marco Rubio directly deny the climate change scam legislation that is being pushed hard by the Obama Administration.


“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,” the Florida Republican said in an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl that aired Sunday on “This Week.”

Rubio said the climate is always changing and added that he disagrees with scientists whom he says have chosen to “take a handful of decades of research” to argue a longer-term trend that it is caused by manmade activity.

“I don’t know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable. Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed,” the senator said.

Instead, Rubio said it’s legislation targeting climate change that is harmful.

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

Marco Rubio is right, except I question what “dramatic changes” he is talking about. The fact is that “global warming” has stopped even as the carbon dioxide keeps increasing. As the Miami Herald blog points out, Rubio “didn’t give a straightforward answer to the yes-or-no question.”

The blog survey’s Rubio’s history on climate change, including this:

In 2009, the height of Obama’s popularity, Rubio said he believed cap and trade was “inevitable” and that “Florida should position itself for what I believe is inevitable.. do everything it can to be an early complier so it that can access early compliance funds and so that it can help influence what that cap and trade looks like at the federal level. So I’m in favor of giving the Department of Environmental Protection a mandate that they go out and design a cap and trade or a carbon tax program and bring it back to Legislature for ratification sometime in the next two years.”

A year later, U.S. Senate candidate Rubio (who beat Crist in the U.S. Senate race) would not have even countenanced such a plan.

I hope Rubio’s recent refusal to go along with any cap-and-trade program is a consistent commitment while he is Senator and when (if?) he runs for President. In fact, Tea Party Conservatives should realize that they have substantially changed the Republican Party on the issue of climate change. As one liberal columnist reminds us:

In the not-too-distant past, the Republican Party’s platform actually listed global warming as a national problem and cited “human activity” among its causes. But that was 2008, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was the nominee; even Sarah Palin, his running mate, agreed. “It’s real,” she said then. “We need to do something about it.”

But that was before the tea party insurgency of 2010, and before Democratic proposals for cap-and-trade legislation made climate change a forbidden zone for most Republican politicians — including McCain, who abandoned his earlier positions and fell in line. Last year, when Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) proposed an amendment to ban any new federal regulation of greenhouse gases, only one Republican voted against it: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Liberals flatter themselves that the GOP is losing the youth vote since the youth believe in global warming. But they don’t get it. The youth, for all their problems, do eventually wake up to the lies they are fed. The Republican Party can only gain in the future by not joining the Democrats in the scam.