Florida’s junior senator, Republican Marco Rubio, came out Sunday against the overwhelming scientific evidence that human activity is behind global warming and climate change.
“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,” Rubio told ABC’s “This Week.” “Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity, I do not agree with that.”
Rubio’s man-made impact on climate change denial comes as scientists have released more studies establishing the link between the two as fact.
Recent studies from the United Nations and the National Climate Assessment both say climate change is happening and getting worse with each year the world refuses to deal with the issue.
In addition, a peer-reviewed study last year that looked at 13,950 climate papers found a 97 percent consensus that humans are causing global warming.
The recently released National Climate Assessment found that Rubio’s home city of Miami is at a high risk of suffering major catastrophic damage in the next few decades as ocean levels rise and climate change continues.
Rubio decided to go against the scientific consensus and community in his comments on Sunday. How the message plays to the electorate overall could help determine his future presidential aspirations.