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Marco Rubio’s political evolution on the environment

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Feb 5, 2016.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    TALLAHASSEE — As speaker of the Florida House of Representatives in 2008, Marco Rubio helped pass a sweeping energy bill — backed by a number of environmentalists — that seemed to reflect a bipartisan interest in renewable energy, climate change and the environment.

    Earlier this month, Rubio, now a U.S. senator from Florida and a Republican presidential candidate, presented a national energy plan that demonstrated little interest in those same goals.

    Rubio called for leveraging the nation's coal reserves to create prosperity, promised to shelve federal regulations that reduce carbon emissions from power plants, and conspicuously avoided saying the words “climate change.”

    That left some Florida environmental advocates pining for the Rubio of old.
    "From my perspective Marco Rubio completely switched gears and went from someone who looked for positive solutions that created jobs and developed smart technology to someone whose head is in the sand about the reality of rising sea levels that are already impacting his home state," said Susan Glickman, an environmental advocate who lobbied for the 2008 bill.

    Rubio's positioning on environmental issues has inarguably changed as he evolved from local Republican legislator to high-profile U.S. senator and, now, presidential candidate. But the shift has in many ways been more about political framing than substance.

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/artic.../marco-rubios-political-evolution-environment
     
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    Rubio is a gifted speaker but a shallow thinker. He seems to like the good life and spending a lot of money. He headed for the White House too soon and probably would be fading now if it had not been all the free publicity from Fox News under instructions from owner Rupert Murdoch.
     
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    The reason why Rubio and Cruz have no accomplishments is that the old guard Republicans won't allow newcomers to accomplish anything. They are supposed to wait their turn, sit and learn for a term or two until they start getting some assignments and are asked to co-sponsor bills. It's the way the game is played. That's one of the reasons the "establishment GOP" (whatever that means) don't like Cruz or Rubio. They're upstarts. They haven't kissed the ring of the veterans.

    The idea that someone like Cruz can get elected, come into the Senate and in his first term denigrate many GOPers, argue and contend with everyone, then run for the President without an accomplishment, and actually win some state primaries, Other upstarts might see that as a path to the presidency. It could be the new standard for advancement in the GOP. WELL, that can't stand!
     
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    "establishment GOP" means republicans who pimp themselves out to the highest bidder.
     
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