Sen. Marco Rubio blasted the U.S. and China climate agreement as "ridiculous" and said it would hurt jobs.
"I believe strongly in conserving natural resources and protecting our environment for our kids and grandkids," Rubio said in a statement. "President Obama's ridiculous Climate Agreement, however, is more about appeasing extreme activists and preserving his liberal legacy. It won't change the weather, but it will hurt our economy and take away the jobs of hundreds of thousands of hardworking Americans, including many in Florida, who will also see their energy bills go up.
"But in addition to crushing the American Dream with excessive and overly burdensome regulations, this agreement will pave the way to American taxpayers sending billions of dollars to countries like India and China, with no way of ensuring they hold up their end of the bargain. Just like President Obama's terrible deal with Iran is letting that country cheat its way to a nuclear weapon, this climate agreement is all for show and so full of loopholes it is practically meaningless."
Rubio, 45, doubts man's contribution to the problem and the abundant science driving international action.
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," he said in a TV interview in 2014. "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 a presidential primary debate earlier this year, CNN's Jake Tapper brought up concern from Miami Republican Mayor Tomas Regalado. Rubio said flooding in Miami is a result of it being built on a swamp and "there are higher sea levels, or whatever is happening."
"Sure, the climate is changing, and one of the reasons why the climate is changing is the climate has always been changing," Rubio said, his answer generating applause. "There's never been a time when the climate has not changed. I think the fundamental question for a policymaker is, is the climate changing because of something we are doing, and if so, is there a law you can pass to fix it?"