Senator Marco Rubio, who is publicly entertaining the idea of running for president and has been on some kind of climate denial tour lately, made some headlines over the weekend, when he said, “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.”
Yet despite his strongly held beliefs, Rubio was unable to name a single source when asked to explain his climate change position. At a National Press Club event on Tuesday, an audience member asked Rubio “what information, reports, studies or otherwise are you relying on to inform and reach your conclusion that human activity is not to blame for climate change?”
Uh oh. Unable to cite a source, Rubio side-stepped the question and spit something out about the US being unable to make a difference in climate change anyway.
Then, in an interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday afternoon, the Florida senator decided to use abortion to defend his climate change comments – because why not seem even crazier? Rubio argued that his left-leaning critics are hypocrites when they cite science and label him a climate-change denier because of their view on abortion rights and their refusal to embrace the science of human life beginning at conception.
“Let me give you a bit of settled science that they’ll never admit to. The science is settled, it’s not even a consensus, it is a unanimity, that human life begins at conception,” Rubio said. “So I hope the next time someone wags their finger about science, they’ll ask one of these leaders on the left: ‘Do you agree with the consensus of science that human life begins at conception?’”
Rubio also accused President Barack Obama and his administration of using catastrophic events to push climate regulations.
“You’ll have a tornado somewhere or a drought and you’ll have the president or his supporters show up and say: ‘This is happening because of climate change,’” Rubio said. “As if to imply that if we eviscerate our economy by imposing cap-and-trade, these things will stop happening. That’s ridiculous.”
According to Marco Rubio, President Obama is “not a meteorologist”, but he apparently is.