During a Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was confronted by host Jake Tapper after the Florida Senator continued to deny climate change after Hurricane Michael severely damaged to his home state.
At one point, Rubio grew animated when Tapper asked how he will explain his climate-change waffling to his kids years from now.
“We can’t specifically say that Hurricane Michael was so strong and devastating because of climate change, but there is scientific consensus that warmer waters are making storms such as Michael more devastating,” Tapper stated. “What do you say to constituents who ask why are you not one of the leaders in Congress on this issue? “
“I would say that’s not true — we are,” Rubio shot back. “Sea level rise and changes in the climate, those are measurable. I don’t think there’s a debate about whether that’s happening because you can measure that. The secondary aspect is how much of that is due to human activity and from a policymaker, the question is, what policies can we change to deal with that human activity? That really is where the debate has been.”
“Do you believe it is man-made?” Tapper pressed.
“Humanity and its behavior, scientists say, is contributing to that,” Rubio attempted. “I can’t tell you to what percentage is contributing and many scientists would debate the percentage is contributable to man versus normal fluctuations, but there’s a rise in sea level, temperatures are warmer in the waters than they were 50, 80, 100 years ago. That’s measurable. I don’t think there’s an honest debate about this.”
“In 20 years will you be able to say to your children and my children, ‘These are the three, four things I pushed for in Congress to help mitigate this factor?’” the CNN host asked.
“Well, certainly mitigating sea level rise,” an animated Rubio replied. “No matter what we do with laws — if tomorrow we stopped all, say we went to all solar panels and did all that stuff, which is not realistic, this trend would still continue.”
Watch the interview below via CNN: