May 13, 2014
Former tea party golden boy Marco Rubio has embraced the climate change agenda… if tepidly.
“Headlines notwithstanding, of course the climate is changing,” said the Florida Republican and president wannabe following a policy speech at the National Press Club. “The issue is not whether the climate is changing – as it always is changing – the issue is whether there are legislative proposals before us that could do anything about it.”
Rubio had previously tested the political wind by telling ABC News he did “not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.”
This assertion was missing today at the National Press Club. Instead, he relied on trade policy and leaned on the Great Bugaboo, China.
“What I have said, and what I disagree with, is that if we pass cap-and-trade for example, that will stop this from happening, when in fact half of the emissions on the planet are coming from developing countries and half of that is coming from one country – China – that isn’t going to follow whatever laws we pass,” he said.