Anti-science quotable: Marco Rubio on climate change #climate

Last night during the GOP debate, Marco Rubio provided some unsettling comments about his stance on climate change.  Huffington Post is right on point with their summary:

Jake Tapper, moderator of Thursday night’s CNN Republican debate, asked Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) about climate change’s impact on southern Florida, citing the concerns raised by Miami’s Republican Mayor Tomás Regalado.

Tapper asked whether Rubio would “acknowledge the reality of the scientific consensus of climate change and pledge to do something about it” as president.


“Sure the climate is changing, and one of the reasons is because the climate has always been changing,” he said. “There has never been a time when the climate was not changing.”

South Florida’s problem, he said, is that it was built on a swamp, and because “there are higher sea levels, or whatever is happening.”

“I have long supported mitigation efforts, but as far as a law that we can pass in Washington to change the weather, there’s no such thing,” he said.

“On the contrary, there are laws they want to us pass that would be devastating for our economy,” he insisted, citing the Obama administration’s regulations on power plant emissions.

The laws would do “zero” for the environment, Rubio said, because “China and India will still be polluting at historic levels.”

“There’s no law we could pass that would have an impact on that,” he said. “America is not a planet. It’s a country.”

To recap, in response to a legitimate concern about climate impacts in the state he represents, made by a Republican mayor who has endorsed him, Rubio said both that carbon emissions aren’t changing the climate, but also that even if there were a problem, nothing could be done to affect it anyway.

Several minutes later, Rubio unironically related a story about his grandfather, who was born in 1899 “before there were airplanes in the sky” but was alive to see a man walk on the moon.

“You know what he said when he saw that?” said Rubio. “He said, ‘Americans can do anything.’ Americans can do anything. There is no problem we cannot solve if we embrace all of the principles that made us great.”

No problem, that is, except climate change.


New Republican/Tea Party appointments are scary prospects for science, climate change, and space!

Climate change and science denier Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have been made chairs of committees that oversee NASA and NOAA – both organizations are heavily involved in doing science and making climate change observations. This should be interesting… and by interesting, I mean horrifying. Both senators have made lots of statements directly questioning or denying the science of climate change and more (see their scary statements here and here and here, or just google them).

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been made the chair for the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, which oversees NASA.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will chair the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, which oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA is responsible for analyzing atmospheric and oceanic conditions.

#Science Quotable: GOP politicians are not scientists…. Duh

Asked about the age of the Earth, Marco Rubio said, “I’m not a scientist.” Asked about the climate crisis, Rick Scott said, “I’m not a scientist.”

And asked whether he believes in evolution, Bobby Jindal said, “I’m not an evolutionary biologist.”

The question isn’t whether politicians are scientists; the question is whether politicians believe scientists.

Political summary from Rachel Maddow and Steve Benen

Politifact fact checks climate change


The fact checking site, Politifact, has gathered and fact-checked recent claims about climate-change. Website here. Again, we see that politicians (cough cough, Marco Rubio), use the tiniest bit of controversy in science to totally devalue the overwhelming evidence and opinion of the majority of scientists that specialize in the field.


“An overwhelming majority of scientists agree that humans, by burning fossil fuels, contribute directly to global warming. A May 2013 report analyzing all scientific papers that address the causes of climate change showed 97.1 percent of the studies that took a position on global warming said that there’s been a negative human impact on the atmosphere.”