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Marco Rubio: Humans aren't causing climate change

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) dismissed the dire warnings in the White House's latest climate change report, saying flatly that humans were not to blame for the warming planet.

"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," he said in an appearance on ABC's This Week, adding that proposed laws to address the issue would do nothing but "destroy our economy."

The climate change report, released last week, concluded that the nation was already enduring the effects of climate change, such as prolonged droughts in the Southwest. And it faulted carbon-trapping emissions for the phenomenon, warning of incredibly expensive, irreversible damage should swift action not be taken soon to curb those emissions.

In the interview, which was taped Friday and aired Sunday, Rubio also responded "I do" when asked directly if he believed he was "ready" to be president. Yet he stopped short of saying he would indeed run for the White House in 2016, saying instead that the GOP had a number of good, qualified candidates to offer.