Marco Rubio (R-I'm-Not-A-Scientist-Man) told voters in Iowa today that he will not support any policies that deal with climate change, repeating his golden oldie that "the climate is always changing" and saying that doing anything about it would cut profits for his oil and gas company donors "destroy the American economy" and wouldn't help the environment.
He also reiterated that he thinks he knows better than the leaders of 195 countries that committed to measures to lower greenhouse gas emissions and lower the effect of climate change, and went on to recite various talking points from the 1,001 Ways To Learn To Love Pollution While Treading Water section of his script courtesy of the oil and gas industry.
What Rubio neglected to mention was that, while he was ignoring reality in Iowa, 15 mayors from back home, including the mayor of his own hometown of Miami, who is a Republican, were taking action to demand Rubio and his fellow climate denier Jeb! Bush start facing reality before it's too late. They sent letters to both urging them to “acknowledge the reality and urgency of climate change and to address the upcoming crisis it presents our communities” and to meet with them within the next month to discuss climate change.
“Ignoring climate science and doubling down on fossil fuels will only make the climate crisis more rapid and expensive,” the mayors write in their letter to Bush. “With the presidential election fast approaching, it is critical that your positions on these issues are well informed by the experience of our communities.”
Many of the mayors are Democrats, but as the Miami Herald points out, one of them — Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado — is a Republican and a Rubio supporter. He told the Herald that he and the rest of the mayors want to ensure that climate change is talked about more in the presidential race, and that the best way of doing that is to target candidates “closer to home” — i.e. those from Florida.
“Anyone who thinks that the topic of climate change is a partisan issue is not focused on the reality which we as public officials and citizens are dealing with. This is a crisis that grows day by day,” Regalado said in a statement.
That's really saying something, given that Regalado says he's a supporter of Rubio, who is as about as reality challenged as they come. But then, when your city now regularly floods merely because it's raining, it tends to wake one up.
Just not Marco Rubio.
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