Republican Senator Marco Rubio has told Jon Karl of ABC News that he is ready to run for president. Well, that may be, but I’ll never vote for him, and it has nothing to do with the fact that he is a Republican.
I’m not voting for anyone, Republican, Democrat, Independent, or Socialist who denies basic science.
During the same interview with ABC, Rubio was asked his thoughts on the science behind climate change, and how states like Florida are being threatened.
“I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” Rubio said.
Well, sorry, Marco. The science is in and it is clear. Climate change is real, and human activity is the driving force behind it. Continuing to deny facts like this is like denying that smoking causes cancer.
This comes as no surprise, really. It isn’t even the first time Rubio has taken an ignorant position on scientific matters. During an interview with GQ in late 2012, Rubio claimed that the age of the Earth was practically unknowable.
“I’m not a scientist,” he said. “I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that.” He went on. “Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries,” he said.
Funny how he considers scientists qualified to answer scientific questions sometimes, but apparently not in cases involving climate change.
He attempted to cover his ass in an interview with Politico later that year, saying his previous answer was trying to make the point “that is there is no scientific debate on the age of the Earth.” Which is interesting, since he called it “one of the great mysteries” at the time.
Be that as it may, his track record is clear. He’s not the brightest guy around, and he seems fuzzy on fundamental facts. Was I going to vote for him for president in 2016? Not a chance. But his recent comments simply reminded me that there are many problems facing our country that will require critical thinking and serious solutions. The people we elect to work on these problems must live in the real world where facts and science matter. I will not be voting for any candidate in any election who, much like Marco Rubio, doesn’t accept reality.
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