Republican Senator Marco Rubio isn’t convinced that human beings are responsible for climate change. But don’t get him wrong. Marco Rubio firmly believes that climate change is happening. In fact, as he said in two separate interviews this past week, the climate “is always changing.”
Rubio, who represents the climate change-imperiled state of Florida in the U.S. Senate, has taken a lot of heat for denying the role that humans are playing in climate change, but at the same time, he has received partial credit for acknowledging that the climate is changing. Rubio’s semantic trickery is not an admission that he believes in climate change. It is simply a tool that allows him to play both sides. He can construe his statement to “prove” that he accepts the reality of climate change, or he can downplay its meaning and say that he was referring to something as simple as weather patterns.
In either scenario, Rubio comes out the winner. His denial of the role of human beings will be forgotten quickly, and all that will remain on the record is his statement that the climate is always changing.
Rubio’s assertion that human beings don’t play a role in climate change has already been thoroughly debunked. But what’s even more alarming is the fact that Rubio’s denial is putting his constituents at risk.
Reports show that Florida, the state Rubio represents in the Senate, is going to experience the impacts of climate change, possibly more so than any other state in the country. As the NRDC points out, everything from real estate, health, and tourism will be destroyed as climate change becomes worse: