Rubio Flip-Flops on Climate Change

He's taken plenty of positions in recent years: Ruth Marcus

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 14, 2014 11:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Just what does Marco Rubio think about climate change? It's tough to tell, given the array of stances he's taken over the years, writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post. On Sunday, he said he didn't "believe that human activity is causing ... dramatic changes" to our climate. Last week, he said there was a "vast consensus of scientists" who say we are causing climate change, though he didn't say he agreed. And last year, he referred to a "reasonable debate" over the matter.

All this sounds different from the Rubio of 2008, who, the Miami Herald notes (via the Tampa Bay Times), oversaw a unanimous Florida House vote for rules on carbon emissions. Not to mention the Rubio of 2009, who said he backed a cap-and-trade mandate. Others agree with Marcus on Rubio's flip-flopping:

  • Yesterday, he addressed his Sunday comments, and "it appeared he was trying to keep one foot in the climate change camp and the other in the deniers’ camp," writes Eleanor Clift at the Daily Beast, noting that it looked like an effort to position himself for both the 2016 primaries and the general election.
  • Rubio's stance may not matter—at least in terms of his career, notes Paul Whitefield, who puts it in this way in the Los Angeles Times: "Marco Rubio wants to be president of the United States this century. Much of coastal Florida probably won’t be underwater until next century."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. gestures while spaking during a luncheon program at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans could join federal retirement accounts in a plan proposed Tuesday by Sen. Rubio in his latest in a...
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. gestures while spaking during a luncheon program at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Younger voters would face higher retirement ages but all Americans...   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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