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Marco Rubio Says Laws, People Don’t Affect Climate Change (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

In a recent interview with ABC News, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said definitively that he’s ready to run for president in 2016 and that he doesn’t buy into the “notion” that laws or human actions can contribute to climate change.

When host Jonathan Karl on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning asked if Rubio was ready to be president he answered without hesitation, ABC News reported.

“I do … but I think that’s true for multiple other people that would want to run … I mean, I’ll be 43 this month, but the other thing that perhaps people don’t realize, I’ve served now in public office for the better part of 14 years,” said Rubio. “Most importantly, I think a president has to have a clear vision of where the country needs to go and clear ideas about how to get it there and I think we’re very blessed in our party to have a number of people that fit that criteria.”

But Rubio remains highly skeptical of climate change, although Karl noted that much of Florida has been severely endangered by global warming.

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“I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions that we can take today that would have an impact on what’s happening in our climate,” Rubio said. “Our climate is always changing. They’ve chosen to take a handful of decades of research and say it is now evidence of a longer-term trend that is directly and almost solely attributable to man man-made activity.”

The key ingredient of making a stronger, larger hurricane that moves quickly north of the Gulf of Mexico without dissipating is warmer water. 

"Climate is always evolving and natural disasters have always existed," Rubio argued.

“Let me get this straight,” Karl said. “You do not think that human activity, the production of CO2, has caused warming to our planet?”

“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” Rubio replied. “I do not believe the laws they propose we pass will do anything about it, but destroy our economy.”

“The fact is that these events that we’re talking about are impacting us, because we built very expensive structures in Florida and other parts of the country near areas that are prone to hurricanes," he said. "We’ve had hurricanes in Florida forever and the question is, what do we do about the fact that we have built expensive structures, real estate and population centers, near those vulnerable areas?” Rubio asked. “I have no problem with taking mitigation activity.”

Sources: Mediaite, ABC News