Rubio disputes human activity is "dramatically "contributing to climate change

The failure of Jon Huntsman to break on through as a legitimate presidential candidate in 2012 cemented the perception that Republicans must run to the right to capture their party's nomination, then take their chances in the general election.

Rand Paul is trying to upend that theory. On Saturday he again differentiated himself from the majority of his GOP brethren by saying that his party was in danger of "offending people" with their emphasis on Voter ID laws and other measures that blacks in particular believe is intended to limited their participation in the voting process.

Marco Rubio is going the Mitt Romney way of 2012 though, as he gave a very newsworthy interview on ABC's This Week on Sunday, saying he feels he is ready to be president, gives former Secretary of State (and potential Democratic nominee in 2016) Hilary Clinton an "F" for her performance as Secretary of State, and doesn't agree with the "notion" of climate change, as he explains in this clip with ABC's Jonathan Karl.

"I don't agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what's happening in our climate. Our 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 manmade activity, I do not agree with that."

KARL: You don't buy it. You don't buy it.

RUBIO: I don't know of any era in world history where the climate has been stable. Climate is always evolving, and natural disasters have always existed.

KARL: But let me get this straight, you do not think that human activity, its production of CO2, has caused warming to our planet.

RUBIO: I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it. That's what I do not — and I do not believe that the laws that they propose we pass will do anything about it. Except it will destroy our economy.

Those comments generated lots of attention, most of it unfavorable.

The Democratic National Committee issued out a press release, saying "with all due respect to Senator Rubio, 97% of climate scientists believe that global warming over the past century is very likely due to human activities."

"It’s clear that Rubio would rather throw red meat to the Tea Party base than objectively look at the science of climate change and support common-sense solutions that will help protect the environment and grow our economy," the DNC's release stated.

Rubio sounds excited to the prospect that Hillary Clinton's reputation could take a fall with the upcoming special committee hearings in the House on Benghazi. "She's also going to have to be held accountable for its failures, whether it's the failed reset with Russia, or the failure in Benghazi that actually cost lives..." he told Karl, who then asked her what grade he'd give her for her tenure at State?

"I don't think she has a passing grade," he responded.

"You think she's an F?," Karl asked.

"Yes," Rubio responded. "If you look at the diplomacy that was pursued in her time in the State Department, it has failed everywhere in the world. So here's what I would say, if she is going to run on her record as secretary of state, she is also going to have to answer for its massive failures. "

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