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Rebecca Leber at Think Progress points out that Sen. Marco Rubio may perhaps include something about the need for more dirty energy in the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address tonight.

It certainly would be no surprise given that Rubio is one of the five senators who, for his votes, received an A+ last year from Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group founded and funded by the brothers Koch—David and Charles—to ensure, among other things, that nothing substantive on climate change or green energy manages to emerge from the Senate or the House.

Rubio himself got a career total of $32,200 from Koch Industries, $353,891 from the Koch-connected Club for Growth and $252,134 from the oil and gas industries.

While he isn't as aggressive a climate-change denier as, say, Sen. James "It's a hoax" Inhofe, Rubio does still deny in his smarmy way as can seen in this exchange hosted by Buzzfeed just a week ago:

Ben Smith: Do you see global warming as a threat to Florida?

Rubio: The climate is always changing, that’s not the question. The question is if man made activity is what’s contributing the most to it. I know people said there’s a significant scientific consensus on that issue, but I’ve actually seen reasonable debate on that principle.

So how has he paid the Kochs back? As Leber notes, he signed "a pledge to Americans for Prosperity that promises to 'oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.'"

• Supported a failed bill to expand offshore drilling for oil and gas and to speed up permits for doing so

• Opposed a repeal of oil subsidies

• Opposed extending tax credits for renewable energy

• Opposed aid for states harmed by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil blowout.

Presumably, the Kochs have promised Rubio a nice place on high ground since a big portion of the southern part of the state he misrepresents in the Senate could be underwater a few decades from now.

Originally posted to Meteor Blades on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 01:02 PM PST.

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