Is Marco Rubio the Worst Climate Denier in Congress?

Marco Rubio hasn't been a friend to the environment.

We know this.

You know this.

But is he the worst climate denier in Congress?

That might be up for debate, but we're going out on a limb and say, pretty much yes.

Mainly because he's the senator from Florida, and all indications are that Florida is sinking into the ocean.

And also, because he's very much likely going to be the GOP favorite for the White House in 2016.

See also: Marco Rubio Is Ignoring Threats to South Florida's Environment

The nonprofit environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund is on a "Dirty Deniers" campaign in which it targets a different member of Congress who has denied climate change and ignored scientific studies showing us all that the planet is in very big trouble unless we start cleaning stuff up immediately.

In the past couple of years, Rubio has inexplicably walked around the question on the age of the Earth and has flat-out refused to acknowledge that climate change is man-made -- even in the face of science telling him otherwise.

"Rubio is denier and hedger of his bets," NRDC Action Fund Director Heather Taylor-Miesle tells New Times. "His denials are especially outrageous because of the cities of the state where he's from are being directly impacted by climate change."

Indeed. Back in June, a National Climate Assessment study found that South Florida is, in fact, "exceptionally vulnerable to sea level rise."

"Rubio not only has access to the best science available to members of Congress but he chooses to ignore it," Taylor-Miesle says. "He sees the numbers and knows what they say, but he's choosing money and politics over science."

Rubio made the NRDC Action Fund's Dirty Deniers list for good reason. But it hasn't always been this way.

There was a time when Rubes was a champion of the environment, going so far as calling for Florida to lead the way in environmental changes and jobs and envisioning the state as "the Silicon Valley" of the environment.

This Marco Rubio apparently doesn't exist anymore. Jump ahead into the future, and this video's image of Rubio will slowly start to disappear like Marty McFly and his siblings in the photograph from Back to the Future.

Somewhere along the way, Rubio got caught up in the Tea Party dragnets and also began to realize that his beliefs on the environment did not match the beliefs of those who give him big money to stay in office.

And that's pretty much the bottom line. Money over science and, you know, not allowing Florida to sink.

Since 2009, Rubio has received $281,716 from the oil and gas industry. In 2010, Koch Industries stepped up and gave Rubio a big-ass check for $32,200, which was more money than any other Senate candidate got.

This, in turn, got Rubio voting in favor of Koch, which is regarded as one of the biggest polluters in the country.

Since receiving the Koch's check, Rubio has made even more friends.

Club For Growth became his biggest campaign contributors, and Rubio was invited as an exclusive guest to speak at the Kochs' Secret Billionaire Summit.

And then, of course, came Rubio flat-out refusing to side with science and facts.

After the White House released the findings from the National Climate Assessment, Rubio stepped up to the plate to lash out against science and reason.

Rubio questioned the reasons for running with just what scientists say, and that all that dirty CO2 that's coming from nuclear plants and wrecking the environment really isn't all man's fault.

"I think it's an enormous threat to say that every weather incident that we now read about is -- or the majority of them are -- attributable to human activity," Rubio told CNN in an interview following the National Climate Assessment findings.

Time and again, Rubio has voted against the environment, slowly making Florida disappear into the ocean with every vote while making 2007 Marco Rubio disappear into the ether.

Rubio has admitted that scientists are right about climate change but has vehemently questioned man's roll in it. Rubio has also tried to turn all this climate change talk back onto the Obama administration, wondering of spending money on trying to keep places like Florida from going all Lost Continent of Atlantis is fiscally responsible.

Rubio is very much the face of the GOP at the moment and, unless Jeb Bush jumps into the fray, he's going to be the frontrunner as the party's nominee.

Then it's up to reason.

"He cannot win the White House while rejecting science," Taylor-Miesle says.

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This is comedy piece, right? Florida is sinking into the ocean?


You are the climate denier, not Rubio.

You believe propaganda fed to you like a sheep.

Feel the temps drop today.

"Historic Global Temperature Drop Predicted"

Thursday, November 20, 2014 Press Release 4-2014

3:00 PM

"The Space and Science Research Corporation (SSRC) announces today an important set of climate change predictions dealing with the coming cold climate epoch that will dominate global temperatures for the next thirty years.

According to analysis of the most reliable solar activity trends and climate models based on the Relational Cycle Theory (RC Theory), the SSRC concludes the following:

1. The Earth is about to begin a steep drop in global temperatures off its present global temperature plateau. This plateau has been caused by the absence of growth in global temperatures for 18 years, the start of global cooling in the atmosphere and the oceans, and the end of a short period of moderate solar heating from an unusually active secondary peak in solar cycle #24.

2. Average global atmospheric and oceanic temperatures will drop significantly beginning between 2015 and 2016 and will continue with only temporary reversals until they stabilize during a long cold temperature base lasting most of the 2030's and 2040's. The bottom of the next global cold climate caused by a "solar hibernation" (a pronounced reduction in warming energy coming from the Sun) is expected to be reached by the year 2031.

3. The predicted temperature decline will continue for the next fifteen years and will likely be the steepest ever recorded in human history, discounting past short-duration volcanic events.

4. Global average temperatures during the 2030's will reach a level of at least 1.5° C lower than the peak temperature year of the past 100 years established in 1998. The temperatures during the 2030's will correspond roughly to that observed from 1793 to 1830, shortly after the founding of the United States of America. This average lower global temperature of 1.5° C on average, translates to declines in temperatures that will be devastating for crop growing regions in the mid latitudes of the planet."

Curt Cole
Curt Cole

He's not a scientist ... nor does he believe a scientist. Rubio el Stupido


Read my post above. You are misinformed, insulting others is unproductive.

Mark Burnam
Mark Burnam

And is your rag a "climate change bs" propaganda pusher?

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

It would almost seem like he hates Florida or doesn't realize he lives in Florida.


It almost seems like he knows more than y-o-u.

Gullible one.

Read my post above.

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