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This Likely GOP Candidate for President Says the World Needs to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Meanwhile, another candidate said scientists are uncertain about what impact humans are having on the climate — despite long-standing consensus that most warming is due to human activities.
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How's this for unusual natural phenomena: A leading Republican politician just publicly acknowledged climate change.

On Friday, Jeb Bush, a likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination, told the New England Council in New Hampshire that he's concerned about climate change.

"[We need to] be cognizant of the fact that we have this climate change issue, and we need to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions," Bush said at the event.


Bush stressed his concern for "the hollowing out" of industry and named natural gas as a big part of the solution to reducing carbon emissions. But it's strides ahead of some of his other Republican competitors, who are stubbornly clinging to straight-up climate denial.

One of them is Florida Republican — and declared presidential candidate — Marco Rubio.

In an interview with CBS News' Bob Schieffer on Sunday, he said the climate is changing because, well, that's just what climate does.

"I believe the climate is changing because there's never been a moment when the climate is not changing," Rubio said, adding that scientists don't know how much responsibility is on humanity's shoulders.

Rubio may have missed his own government's 2014 National Climate Assessment, which was put together by more than 300 experts and approved by the National Academy of Sciences. They concluded that warming since the middle of the 20the century "has been driven primarily by human activity — predominantly the burning of fossil fuels."

At least he didn't scare any preschoolers.

Related: Wisconsin's giving Florida a run for its money when it comes to denying climate change