The 2016 presidential election has not officially begun, but GOP candidates are already feeling the heat when it comes to their denial of climate change. Just yesterday, a close adviser to Pope Francis condemned climate deniers for putting Big Oil profits ahead of our health and the health of the planet.1
And while you'd expect that message to carry weight with all Catholics, some, like Senator-Candidate Marco Rubio, are ignoring the words and wisdom of the Pope, of scientists and of common sense by denying climate change.
Rubio recently stated, "Humans are not responsible for climate change in the way some of these people out there are trying to make us believe, for the following reason: I believe the climate is changing because there has never been a moment where the climate is not changing. The question is, what percentage of that....is due to human activity? If we do the things they want us to do, cap-and-trade, you name it, how much will that change the pace of climate change versus how much will that cost to our economy?"2 Really Marco?
So we came up with an idea to welcome climate denying candidates like Rubio to the presidential race by making one thing clear: You can't get into the White House if you deny climate change. Will you sign our climate denier greeting card to candidates who ignore reality?
Being a resident and Senator of Florida, Marco Rubio ought to know better. Climate change is already forcing parts of the state to adapt, and rising sea levels will impact everything from insurance rates to race relations in the next few years.3 If Rubio won't embrace the reality of climate catastrophe in his own state, how can we expect him to protect the entire country if, gulp, he becomes president? But just like the Pope's ally warned us about climate deniers -- Rubio refuses to do what is necessary because Big Oil has rewarded him with over $600,000 in campaign donations.4
It's past time to stop the debate on whether climate change is real. We need to start taking serious steps towards real solutions now. Everyone from scientists to military specialists agree that climate change is a huge threat to our economy, security and planet.5 The next president's agenda will have a serious impact on how we fight global warming. Will they follow through on Obama's Clean Power Plan or honor U.S. commitments to the United Nations to reduce global warming? That's why it's up to us to let anyone running for president know they are not fit for the office if they deny the reality and urgency of climate change.
Baltasar Gracian once said, "Know or listen to those who know." Rubio refuses to listen to scientists, to the military and even to the leader of his faith about the dangers of climate change. Let's make sure he listens to us when we tell him that no candidate for the highest office in the land can deny climate science, or delay climate action. Click here to send that message.
Thanks for taking (environmental) action,
Anthony and the Environmental Action Climate Crusaders
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