Climate Change Chatter: Science and Politics

by Bill Chameides | May 12th, 2014
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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Sen. Marco Rubio
Sen. Marco Rubio on climate change: “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.”

 A continuing series on what folks in the public sphere
have said about climate change in recent days.

When climate chatter occurs amid presidential chatter.

The science community continues to weigh in on climate change. The latest, from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, comes in the form of the nation’s Third National Climate Assessment, an in-depth study.

Among its conclusions:

quotation marksquotation marksMany lines of independent evidence demonstrate that the rapid warming of the past half-century is due primarily to human activities.

— National Climate Assessment, Overview

quotation marksquotation marksA team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.

But one senator has apparently studied up on the climate and has come to another conclusion.

quotation marksquotation marksOur 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 activities. I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it.

— Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)
on ABC This Week, May 11, 2014

Interesting, especially given this quote from the very same senator:

quotation marksquotation marks“I’m not a scientist, man. … I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a [scientific] question like that.


— Sen. Rubio in response to a question
about the age of the Earth posed by
GQ magazine, November 2012

Why would a senator and self-identified eschewer of scientific expertise make such a definitive statement about climate? Well, perhaps his apparent interest in seeking the GOP nomination for president in 2016 has something to do with it. Apparently you don’t need to be a climate scientist to know which way the political winds blow.

Others in the Series

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 1

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 2

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 3

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 4

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 5

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 6

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 7

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 8

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 9

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 10

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 11

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 12

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 13

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 14

• Climate Change Chatter, Issue 15

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  1. Hank Roberts
    May 18, 2014

    How will this affect you at Duke?
    N.C. bill would make it a felony to disclose fracking chemicals
    Mike Lee, E&E reporter
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    People who disclose confidential information about hydraulic fracturing chemicals in North Carolina would be subject to criminal penalties and civil damages, under a bill in the state Legislature.
    The “Energy Modernization Act,” which was introduced yesterday, would make it a Class I felony to disclose trade secrets related to hydraulic fracturing, while spelling out how the information is supposed to be provided to emergency workers. Class I is the lowest-level felony, punishable by a few months’ imprisonment.

  2. Jim
    May 14, 2014

    You could have included the statement from the North Carolina candidates for the Republican nomination for Senate. All 3 denied human caused climate change. Politics in NC are in a sorry state.

    This coupled with the article you posted about rising methane levels really worries me. We have 2 young kids and I fear for their future. We may be closer to that “tipping point” than we realize. We try to do what we can to save energy, but ultimately it will require aggressive legislation which is sadly lacking around the world.

  3. Philip Haddad
    May 12, 2014

    Mark Rubio and the Republican party are making a big mistake by denying the impact of anthropogenic activity on global warming risk losing many voters. I have been a supporter since I voted for Tom Dewey in 1948. If they cannot recognize that fossil fuels are responsible for 80% of the problem, they are not fit to govern!


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