Washington Post Editors Call Out Marco Rubio’s Crazy Right Wing Rhetoric on Climate Change
I agree with the Washington Post editorial board on this - no serious national stage campaign can hope to take this stance and succeed. Marco Rubio’s managers have to know this so my assumption is that Rubio’s campaign is all puffery to raise money through “Palinesque” posturing. He’s going to tease all the way through the first part of the primaries so he can rake in the dough from the rubes to become not the king, but a kingmaker.
SEN. MARCO Rubio (Fla.), whom many presume to be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said two things Sunday about climate change. Only one could fit into a presidential campaign worth taking seriously.
“Our climate is always changing,” he said on ABC News’s “This Week.” “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” he went on to say, “and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy.” In previous interviews, at least Mr. Rubio acknowledged that “a significant scientific consensus” attributes measured global warming to human activity before he lodged various criticisms.
It is one thing to invite a debate about the best policy to address rising global temperatures, a problem no country can tackle on its own. It is another to dismiss the evidence that “these scientists” have compiled — “a handful of decades of research,” Mr. Rubio derisively called it — to show that humans are driving much of that warming.