Let's talk about Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Capitol Hill's "it" guy in the same sense that Hollywood has marginally talented people whom it seizes upon and promotes until the next guy comes along. So here's Rubio's moment, maybe three years earlier than he would have hoped.
Earlier this week, Rubio sat down with BuzzFeed's Ben Smith for a conversation about a range of topics. (The event was called "BuzzFeed Brews," intending to be an informal two-guys-have-a-beer sort of thing. Rubio didn't drink his beer.) At one point, Smith asked about climate change. Here's the clip:
Even if -- anything that we would do on that would have a real impact on the economy and probably -- if it's only us doing it, a very negligible impact on the environment. Ultimately, if you look at the developing countries -- which are not developing countries anymore; China, India, and others -- they're now the largest polluters in the world by far. So to the extent that that's what you're trying to get at, the United States is a country, not a planet.
On the other hand, if we unilaterally impose these things on our economy, you're going to have a devastating impact on economics, depending on which measure it is we're talking about. And I think that's what, more than anything else, is standing in the way of doing anything on this. There has to be a cost-benefit analysis to every one of these principles that people are pushing on. And the benefit is difficult to justify when it's just us doing it.