On "This Week," Marco Rubio was interviewed by ABC's Jonathan Karl about climate change:
I don't agree with the notion that some are putting out there — including scientists — that somehow, there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what's happening in our climate. Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research, and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that's directly and almost solely attributable to man made activity.
I don't know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable. Climate is always evolving. Natural disaster have always existed.
But let me get this straight. You do not believe human activity — C02 — has caused warming to our planet?
I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientist are portraying it. And I do not believe the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except, it will destroy our economy.
And with that, here are today's Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:
It is a coincidence that the day after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), an apparent GOP presidential hopeful, stated his belief that man was not causing climate change, scientists announced that global warming was causing irreparable harm to massive Antarctic glaciers, which will eventually cause a major sea-level rise. ("Irreversible collapse of Antarctic glaciers has begun, studies say," May 12)
Evidently, Rubio is courting corporate donors and therefore must deny that man contributes to climate change. These corporate leaders need politicians like Rubio to stop the implementation of policies that would reduce carbon emissions and therefore hurt their bottom lines.
Yes, the increasing use of solar and other alternative fuels could reduce certain corporations' profits, but corporate interest should not trump the planet.
Those climate scientists are at it again. They're trying to scare us all into believing that climate change is really happening and that humans are causing it.
It's a good thing that Rubio is onto their schemes. I'm looking forward to him exposing the mastermind of this hoax that has been perpetrated by those thousands of scientists in dozens of countries these past several decades, and to having him identify the (undoubtedly sinister) motive behind the hoax.
If he can accomplish this, it definitely qualifies him to be the next U.S. president.
Former Republican Senator Bob Dole thinks Rafael "Ted" "Green Eggs and Ham" Cruz is "an extreme right wing guy" and "way out there." That's an understatement, but okay, we can let it slide just this once. Dole is 90, by the way, so he has a vast number of comparisons to draw from. Why, in HIS day...
And he's right. Recently, Elizabeth Warren quipped that Ted Cruz would have repealed the Declaration of Independence. And even more recently, Cruz said he'd use the confirmation of President Obama's new HHS Secretary to try to overturn Obamacare.
He's all yours, GOP.
"A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don't think they've got enough experience yet," Dole said. [...]
Dole said Cruz is "way out there" on the extremes of the party and defended his own record, calling himself one of President Reagan's top supporters.
That was after Cruz said this:
All of us remember President Dole, and President McCain and President Romney. Now, look, those are good men, they're decent men, but when you don't stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.
As Rick Perry would say, "Oops."
Meanwhile, as a special bonus, let's talk Paul Ryan. The Black Caucus is challenging him on poverty after he said that poverty is caused largely by a "tailspin of culture," particularly in inner cities, where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work."
And don't even get me started on Marco Rubio.
Note: Edited to correct errors.
Well, the Rube that roared is trying anything to keep him relevant in the 2016 GOP Presidential campaign that's looking at him with longer and longer odds. He's fallen from poster child for the New GOP to dimwitted doormat as other nationally unelectable Republicans like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz zoom past him in early polls.
When in trouble, punt. And that's what the junior Florida senator has done. While the rest of the world is applauding the CVS move to stop selling cancer sticks, AKA cigarettes, Rubio is not. The pharmacy chain justifies their move because they feel it's hypocritical to sell the cause of illness and sickness while they pride themselves on being a healthy place. They're a one-stop shopping site for cures and potions for what ails you.
CVS, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, said Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes at its 7,600 locations in an expensive but calculated bid to boost its image as a full-fledged health-care provider rather than a simple purveyor of greeting cards and shampoo.
Almost unanimous praise has been heaped on CVS for taking this stand. I say almost unanimous because not even world peace would be unanimous if the GOP had their way. So out of the darkness of ignorance and void of any human compassion come this Marco Rubio tweet--
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 5, 2014
Hashtag: makesnosense. Really?
So the Metrosexual Latin Lothario doesn't get it and is angered that CVC won't be selling cigarettes because he doesn't see the connection to cigarettes causing illness/death and drug stores curing/preventing it. Yet, he makes the leap to condemning those who approve the decision by lumping them together into a pro-pot grouping. That he understands.
This is quite a leap, even for a child, let along a serving senator. But even if you take that leap with him, there's a certain rationale that could be made. Twenty states currently allow for legal MEDICAL marijuana. Medical. For medicinal reasons.
If CVS wanted to become a legal distributor for cannabis, a better case could be made than for selling cigarettes. There's an apparent benefit for some to smoke weed. And the death rate hovers annually around zero for grass where it's thousands for cigarette use.
“We have about 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners helping patients manage chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which are linked to smoking,” said Larry J. Merlo, chief executive of CVS. “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”
So serving the public's best interest, despite rather large estimated losses in cigarette sales has been deemed worth it to CVS. Again, from WAPO:
Executives said the move will cost the company $2 billion a year in lost sales. But they are gambling that abandoning smokers will help them strike more profitable deals with hospitals and health insurers — and appeal to growing ranks of customers newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.
Isn't it strange that a large company would be willing to make this move to protect the public and to serve the newly insured under the ACA yet an elected official from Florida with eyes on running this entire country would find this a bad move? It's not like Rubio has a stake in this, or maybe he does. Us.
Rubio is the same senator who put his name on a senate immigration bill that passed, and then immediately came out against it. Is this a man who would say or do anything just to get heard? Sounds like it to me. And that's not a presidential quality -- not in the least.