Sen. Marco Rubio wants you to know that he doesn’t agree with the “notion” of climate change. Speaking to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, in a report that aired Sunday, the Florida Republican said, “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.”
That’s red meat for whatever you want to call the climate change-denying wing of the Republican Party. Come up with your own description. Or maybe instead we should come up with a phrase that describes being in the pocket of the Koch brothers and their ilk? Maybe a Koch puppet? It turns out that the Koch brothers (along with others) are big funders of climate change denial. And wouldn’t you know it, Marco Rubio received the most Koch campaign cash in the 2010 Senate election cycle.
In that same ABC News interview, Rubio also wanted us to know that he’s ready to be president. Of the United States. Seriously.
Unlike Rubio’s 2016 presidential ambitions, however, climate change is really happening. Two papers published Monday, in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, call our attention – Are you listening, Marco? Because this will impact the state you represent – to the impending collapse of a section of the West Antarctic ice sheet, likely caused by a combination of human-generated climate change, natural variations in the climate, and possibly the ozone hole over the Antarctic. The disintegration of the ice sheets will occur over centuries and raise sea levels by at least 10 feet. Whatever its cause, climate change will likely accelerate the pace.