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Rubio's climate change skepticism draws notice

Washington-based reporters were kept from Sen. Marco Rubio during his New Hampshire swing, except for ABC's Jonathan Karl, who got an interview with the Florida Republican and increasingly likely presidential candidate

Rubio, who turns 43 later this month, said he's not too young.

But what may linger is Rubio's continued skepticism of man's contribution to climate change. Asked to respond to a sweeping new report, Rubio said: “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. And I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy."

That stance, similar to past statement from Rubio, could please conservatives but is fodder for Democrats, who are eager to brand Rubio as anti-science, and a "climate science denier." Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the DNC, tweeted today: "Cannot believe that a senator from #Florida can be so backwards about climate science. #wakeup."

[Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 12:52pm]


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