Marco Rubio Says He Won’t ‘Destroy Our Economy’ For Climate Change

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) acknowledged Sunday that the planet is heating up, but he stopped short of saying that global warming is caused by man.

Appearing on the CNN program “State of the Union,” Rubio’s comments came just after a new report from the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said that time is running out to take action on climate change. He appeared on the show to talk about how Florida is dealing with the devastation left by Hurricane Michael last week, one of the strongest hurricanes to ever hit the United States. Scientists have said that global warming would produce more and stronger hurricanes.

Host Jake Tapper asked Rubio if he believed that climate change was caused at least in part by man.

“Look, scientists are saying that humanity and its behavior is contributing toward that,” Rubio said. “I can’t tell you what percentage of that is human activity. And I think many scientists would debate the percentage of what is attributable to man versus normal fluctuations.”

Rubio said things like the rise in sea level and the increasing temperatures in bodies of water are measurable. “I don’t think there is an honest debate about that,” he said, adding, “What can we do about it?”

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