(Look, I hate that I am posting a photo of this doughy, pudgy, balding Republican on my beloved environmental blog. But he IS a newsmaker. So I suitably gave it appropriate touches.)
A parched and thirsty Marco Rubio — a favorite of the elderly, white, anti-science tea party — delivered the (first) Republican response to President Obama last night. But he added to the indignity of gulping down water during his speech (Hal Sparks remarked today that it looked like he was sneaking it from somebody else’s glass), with another one — appearing on that simply nauseating Fox show, “Fox and Friends.”
In his appearance, Rubio dropped this climate change BS:
The government can’t change the weather. I said that in the speech. We can pass a bunch of laws that will destroy our economy, but it isn’t going to change the weather. Because, for example, there are other countries that are polluting in the atmosphere much greater than we are at this point, China, India, all these countries that are still growing. They’re not going to stop doing what they’re doing. America is a country, it’s not a planet. So we can pass a bunch of laws or executive orders that will do nothing to change the climate or the weather but will devastate our economy.
First, Rubio’s near-sighted, anti-climate change action antics (and that of his crazy tea-bagger variety of Republicans, like Ted Cruz, James Inhofe, etc.) go against the actual will of a vast majority of the American people. From Huffington Post:
Sixty-five percent of Americans support “the President taking significant steps to address climate change now,” including 89 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents and 38 percent of Republicans.
The survey finds that most Americans see climate change as a tangible threat, as 61 percent said climate change is already affecting them or will affect them sometime in their life. An overwhelming 93 percent say there is a moral obligation to leave an Earth not polluted or damaged to future generations, with 67 percent strongly agreeing. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/obama-climate-change-poll_n_2677747.html)
Second. Rubio’s just got it plain wrong. For instance, Rubio’s no climate scientists but of those that are:
A study, published in 2010 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, surveyed 1,372 climate researchers and found that 97 to 98 percent of them agree that climate change is anthropogenic.
And from Think Progress:
“Rubio is wrong that “there are other countries that are polluting in the atmosphere much greater than we are at this point.” There is only one — China — and it is still a long way away from reaching America’s level of cumulative carbon pollution, and it is the total pollution emitted to date that drives climate change. That’s why it is so important America lead the way on climate action.
Rubio’s anti-science rhetoric is no surprise since he has also expressed skepticism towards the nearly universal consensus among scientists that humans have played a detrimental role in climate change.
While Rubio is right that America is not a planet, he is wrong to suggest that cap and trade — which has in the past enjoyed bipartisan support — would hinder economic growth. In fact, just last week a consortium of 9 northeastern states and the privately owned energy companies that power them announced they would be expanding a regional cap and trade system that has been in place since 2008, citing the positive economic and environmental benefits reaped over the last five years.
Rubio himself sought to turn Florida into “the Silicon Valley” of the green energy industry, lauding the state’s push for a version of cap and trade legislation as a potential moneymaker for Floridian businesses during a 2008 floor speech. There is also ample evidence to suggest that investments in renewable energy would help create millions of jobs and quicken the economic recovery, not hamper it as Rubio claims.”
All this serves as yet more evidence that future climate changed-victimized generations will say — while cursing the names of selfish, greedy, corporate sell-out Republicans like Rubio, Inhofe, Cruz and others who refused to do ANYTHING to fight climate change:
“What the hell were they thinking?”
- GOP ‘Savior’ Marco Rubio Mocks Climate Change (thinkprogress.org)
- South Florida Citizens Demand Rubio Support Climate Action (sierraclub.typepad.com)
- Marco Rubio Shrugs Off Climate Change In State Of The Union Response (buzzfeed.com)