Despite all the evidence that shows his home state is ground zero for climate change disaster, Marco Rubio is steadfast in his disbelief, ignorance and/or denial of it.
The guy who said "I'm not a scientist, man" when asked how old he thought the earth was has no respect for those who actually are, either. He's still in denial, even though he would have many believe he's planning to run for President.
He's been all over the airwaves the past couple of days demonstrating he's still not ready for primetime, even after years of practice and pretending to run for higher office. In fact, all evidence shows that he may have actually regressed.
Some of the highlights of his Head In The Sand Denial Tour:
“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.
Then a "clarification" of sorts:
“Headlines notwithstanding, of course the climate is changing,” he said after a policy speech at the National Press Club. “The issue is not whether the climate is changing – as it always is changing – the issue is whether there are legislative proposals before us that could do anything about it.”
Followed up by this hardy dose of argle bargle today:
That’s not the question before me as a policymaker. If we ban all coal in the U.S., if we ban all carbon emissions in the United States, will it change the dramatic changes in climate and these dramatic weather impacts that we’re now reading about? And anyone who says that we will is not being truthful. The truth of the matter is the United States is a country. It is not a planet. And so there are things that we can do to become more efficient in our use of energies, there are things we can do to develop alternative sources of energy, there are things we can do to be better stewards of the energy resources that we have like natural oil and gas. But for people to go out and say if you passed this bill that I am proposing, this will somehow lead us to have less tornadoes and hurricanes. And that’s what I take issue with.
“Here’s what we need to do as policy makers — because that’s what the president is, he’s not a meteorologist,” Rubio said. “He’s proposing a certain set of policies that he would have to admit, if questioned, will do nothing if in fact these scientists are right and it’s greenhouse gas emissions that are changing our climate, none of the things he’s proposing would do anything to change that whatsoever, but it would have a devastating impact on our economy.”
In other words, do nothing. That's the Rubio plan. Nothing has changed.
We shouldn't be too surprised though, since Rubio's spent the better part of his time in office doing just that: Nothing. He's so busy jetting off on national and world tours making speeches and pretending to appear Presidential that he has one of the worst voting records in the Senate. Only three others have worse voting records than Rubio, but two of their records are due to serious illnesses. The other is John McCain, who missed votes while running for President. Rubio claims his 1.7 percent missed votes are due to family issues, but anyone who follows his whereabouts might wonder how he has time to fit his family in between speeches.
Speeches that demonstrate his deep denial on the realities of climate change. Climate change that could hurt the "family man's" children and grandchildren in the near future if he refuses to pay attention to the consequences of inaction.