Email Insights: Climate change worries fall on deaf ears with Marco Rubio, Rick Scott

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For hundreds of scientists and environmental experts, climate change is an undisputed fact.

In a new scientific report on global warming, called the National Climate Assessment, named Miami as one of the U.S. cities most open to severe damage because of rising sea levels, which have become a “reality” for Miami Beach Mayor Phil Levine.

Climate change has become an urgent problem, leading President Barack Obama to use executive powers to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, to help stem the tide of environmental damage from fossil fuel emissions.

People are beginning to get worried — very worried.

Not so for Gov. Rick Scott, Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, according to the Democratic National Committee in the latest email blast. They seem to be unbothered by the growing anxieties — especially if Obama is leading the alarms.

All three Florida politicians — two considered leading 2016 presidential hopefuls — have remained silent on the subject of climate change, calling it an “enormous stretch”  to blame human activity for the problem.

Republicans in general see climate change as the “third rail” of politics; touch it – in the form of taking action on a national level—and chances of a GOP presidential nomination are as good as dead.

“The climate is always changing,” Rubio told BuzzFeed in 2013. “The question is, is manmade activity what’s contributing most to it?”

“If we unilaterally impose these sorts of things on our economy,” he added, “it would have a devastating impact.”

Would it be as devastating as Rubio’s hometown of Miami going underwater within the next two generations?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.