Marco Rubio Claims ‘I’ve Actually Seen Reasonable Debate’ On Climate Change (VIDEO)

For all of the talk that the Republican Party needs to rebrand its image, it is clear that the message is not going out. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida appeared on Buzzfeed (video at bottom of article) on February 5th, and while for the most part he seemed reasonable, when it came to climate change, he fell into the old trap.

From the interview:

MARCO RUBIO: Anything that we would do on [climate change] would have a real impact on our economy, but probably, if it was only us doing it, a very negligible impact on the environment….
The U.S. is a country, not a planet. On the other hand if we unilaterally impose these things on the economy it will have a devastating impact. There has to be a cost benefit analysis to everyone of these principles people are pushing on. The benefit is difficult to justify when it’s only us doing it, no one else is doing it.
BEN SMITH: Do you see global warming as a threat to Florida?
RUBIO: The climate is always changing, that’s not the question. The question is if man-made activity is what’s contributing the most to it. I know people said there’s a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle.

Now, it is highly unlikely that Senator Rubio has seen reasonable debate on this. Frankly, much of climate science is incredibly complex, and the debate, as it is, comes down to how much of climate change is driven by man, not if climate change is driven by man. A very good piece explaining how this works, even explaining the difference between climate change proponents and skeptics, was produced by Peter Hadfield, and can be seen here:

At this point, we know that Senator Rubio is highly confused. For over a decade, the debate on human activity being a factor in climate change has been effectively over. The debate now is focused on how much of a factor it is. Scientific debate on this issue is not something you would see on Fox News. What instead is likely being referenced by Senator Rubio is the false debate manufactured by the fossil fuel industry. This corporate fueled false debate exists to allow pundits, like Rubio, to claim that there is confusion, or questioning, on climate change. This allows them to water down the steps needed to prevent the worst from happening, despite scientific consensus.
Ultimately, a debate on if mankind is behind 50 percent of climate change and 70 percent of climate change is preposterous to use as a reason to stick ones head in the sand and pretend that climate change is happening without any influence by mankind. However, there is something to be said about climate alarmists as well. Many of them deal with hype, not scientific knowledge, in order to push their viewpoint. There are green firms seeking to exploit this hype as well, and could do as much damage to the debate as well.

The facts in this case go far beyond just climate change. A more immediate issue is that these regulations for climate protection also reduce the release of other pollutants. Pollutants from one nation can travel to other nations, not recognizing borders. For Rubio to sit there and claim that the US should do nothing, and implying that we would be the only nation cleaning up its act, is preposterous. Rubio in his ignorance is neglecting to pay attention to the facts that the United States is not only the worlds largest consumer, but also the worlds largest polluter. If the United States cleaned up its pollution, and then used the leverage as the worlds largest consumer by blocking the importation of goods from nations with poor pollution control, it could indeed clean up the world.

You can witness his appearance for yourself here:

Nathaniel Downes is the son of a former state representative of New Hampshire, now living in Seattle Washington.

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