Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says in a new interview that people who cite recent hurricanes as proof of climate change are ignorant.

Paul was speaking Tuesday with former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He said evidence of man-made climate change being a problem remains inconclusive and that many activists are "alarmist."

"They all predicted the poor Statue of Liberty was going to drown within a hundred years, and the polar bears and all this stuff," Paul said. "That alarmist stuff, I think, really detracts from the case that we shouldn't pollute."

Axelrod then asked Paul about the New York City subway system moving to insulate its system after superstorm Sandy.

"What I would say is that someone is an ignoramus who would say that, 'Oh, we had three hurricanes this year. This proves that somehow the climate is warming,'" Paul said. "The earth's 4.5 billion years old, and you're going to say that we had four hurricanes and so it proves a theory?"