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Marco Rubio explains his climate-change skepticism


Marco Rubio denies being a climate-change denier. But the Florida Senator isn’t a believer, either.

Call him a skeptic. For now.

“I think all science deserves skepticism,” Rubio said in an interview about what he does and doesn’t believe about global warming and what to do about it.

And right now, Rubio doesn’t want to take too much action.

In the wake of a new White House report on climate change that paints a bleak picture for his home county, his state, the nation and the planet, Rubio harbors doubts about some of the findings. He’s especially opposed to suggested fixes designed to lessen the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in the United States.

Rubio says he thinks the laws won’t work — but will hurt the economy in a “devastating” way.

Rubio’s comments about the report, first made Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” exposed him to criticism from scientists, editorial writers and Democrats, who say the potential Republican candidate for president is thinking more about a future GOP primary instead of the health of the planet or Miami. Some branded Rubio a climate-change denier.

“Denial is a loaded term. That’s a term used to smear people, for example, who deny the holocaust existed or denied other things of that nature,” Rubio said.

“I’ve never denied that there is a climate change,” Rubio said. “The question is: Is man-made activity causing the changes in the climate?”

Rubio, however, won’t answer that with a yes or no.

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America is not the problem. Criticism from scientists, editorial writers and Democrats need to be focused on places like China and other third world countries that invite polution so they can offer cheap labor and cheap products... and in a world economy, no matter what is done in Florida, or even the US, will have little impact on the overall, while putting us at a greater disadvantage.

Until the action is on a global scale, and pressure is moved from the partisan field to the geographic field, this war will be lost.

Seth Platt

Rubio talks about American Exceptionalism, but does not believe America is up to taking on the task of reducing impacts to the climate through proven market economic models such as cap and trade. The monetization and mitigation of environmental resources has already been in place for decades in the United States and are used successfully to mitigate environmental resource loss, ie; wetlands, streams, endangered species.
Those who suggest that America should not try and tackle our own impacts since other Countries will not also engage in mitigation and prevention shirk our Responsibility, and place our Country's security and future in peril.
If American industries would be at such a disadvantage to other global companies I suggest that you reduce the burden of American companies to provide healthcare to its workers which is provided by the Governments of many of our competitors thereby making America more competitive. I mean if the REAL conversation here is about Global Competition, which it is not. It is about Survival of our species and our planet. Many of the Major Corporations in America have already adopted Sustainability plans, The Republican Party is the holdout on protecting our environment, and our future.

Can't take anymore

If Marco and his so-called "free market" pals had any brains at all they would realize that there is a huge potential new industry in remediation, clean up and carbon sequestration that can address this growing environmental disaster. As usual, due to their intransigence the USA will get in the game way too late with far too little to compete in this lucrative future. The world will eventually adopt a carbon tax and we will probably have to pay China to clean up our mess because we never developed the technology to do it.

Carlos Aguirre

Some of the findings of the climate research being done in the country can be questioned.

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