Sen. Marco Rubio, Fla., whom many presume to be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said two things Sunday about climate change. Only one could fit into a presidential campaign worth taking seriously.
"Our climate is always changing," he said on ABC News's "This Week." "I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," he went on to say, "and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy." In previous interviews, at least Mr. Rubio acknowledged that "a significant scientific consensus" attributes measured global warming to human activity before he lodged various criticisms.
It is one thing to invite a debate about the best policy to address rising global temperatures, a problem no country can tackle on its own. It is another to dismiss the evidence that "these scientists" have compiled "a handful of decades of research," Mr. Rubio derisively called it to show that humans are driving much of that warming.