Is Rubio the GOP’s First Climate Denial Casualty?

May 15, 2014

Above, Chris Hayes examines whether Senator Marco Rubio may have already marked himself as irredeemably divorced from reality and fatally wounded his chances in the opening of his presidential campaign.  The politics of climate are changing rapidly, and may present impossible contradictions for Republicans who seek to please the Tea Party base, and yet still present themselves as rational beings.

Moreover, heading into an El Nino year, likely extreme events, and possible new global heat records – will this election be affected by climate change?

Tampa Bay Times:

With nothing credible to bolster his position, Rubio rejects the latest assessment by dozens of scientists working over five years — and the stacks of earlier reports and studies that pointed toward the same conclusion. This is not the sophisticated, critical thinking voters expect from the nation’s leader. The senator trails evolving public opinion among voters who have more respect for established science and what they see with their own eyes than the senator does.

Rubio doesn’t just discount the scientists’ conclusion that humans are causing climate changes that are triggering rising temperatures, higher sea levels and decreasing snow and ice cover in the Arctic. He also doesn’t want government to do anything about it.

“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 on our climate,” Rubio said on ABC. “I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.”

What will destroy the economy, and create more instability around the world as undeveloped nations experience severe droughts and food shortages, is if government fails to act on climate change. Rubio should drive around his home county, where some Miami-Dade communities are experiencing regular street flooding caused by higher tides. He should talk to local officials in South Florida and Tampa Bay, who are concerned about climate change and how it will affect coastal development, tourism along eroding beaches and flooding in low-lying neighborhoods. He should call the Defense Department, which is studying how national security is threatened by unrest elsewhere that can be traced to the impact of climate change.

Rubio apologists parse his climate change comments. They note he qualifies his doubts about humans causing climate change by adding “the way these scientists portray it.” When pressed, the senator’s office falls back on this easy deflection: “He’s not a meteorologist.” But make no mistake. Rubio is signaling to the climate change deniers and the tea party crowd that helped elect him to the Senate in 2010 that he is on their side.




25 Responses to “Is Rubio the GOP’s First Climate Denial Casualty?”

  1. […] Above, Chris Hayes examines whether Senator Marco Rubio may have already marked himself as irredeemably divorced from reality and fatally wounded his chances in the opening of his presidential camp…  […]

  2. rayduray Says:

    Here’s the blog’s take on the Rubio 2016 horserace:

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    While European conservatives are taking human induced climate change for real, the GOP is going bananas… or as Bill Maher put it: “Over the last 30 odd years, Democrats have moved to the right and the right has moved into the mental hospital.”

  4. More evidence that our alleged “candidates” (s)Elected to become “leaders” are simply managed men and women doing what they’re told.

    Which means “replace it” (ALL).

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