Last week, Jay Inslee spoke at the Climate Summit of the Americas in Canada. The summit, which took in Toronto, Ontario, also included former Vice President Al Gore. As per usual, our green governor managed to make a spectacle of himself by using odd and exaggerated analogies to make his case for extreme “green” policies.
Here are the highlights from his more-than-just-a-little-embarrassing speech:
“People at the turn of the century in London were worried about ‘Where are we going to put all the horse manure? There’s a lot of horse manure with all those carriages. What the hell are we going to do?’ So they invented the car. Same with whales. Thank God we found oil or we would still be killing whales…
“We can’t wait for propaganda from certain oil companies or conservative parties that don’t want to do anything … the stakes couldn’t be higher and the hour is very late…
“We’re up against the fact that human beings are hard-wired for events, for a gunshot or a wild animal chasing us…
“There’s a lot of people out there who don’t get it. They’re asleep. They’re on the Titanic and they’re drinking champagne and they’re about to crash…
“I think colonizing Mars would be great – only if it’s a choice, not a necessity…”
If you cringed while reading the above, you are not alone. This isn’t the first time Inslee used awkward, grandstanding tactics in an attempt to drive support for his extreme green agenda. Unfortunately for us all, it probably won’t be the last.
Inslee’s go-to argument for implementing his extreme “green” agenda used to be dying oysters. In fact, during 2014, dying oysters became his “central argument for cutting carbon emissions.” Our green governor once told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson that he must follow through with his extreme agenda because he “cannot accept that I have to tell my grandkid that you won’t have oysters in Puget Sound and you are just going to have to live with it.”
When the New York Times profiled Inslee’s campaign to implement his carbon reduction plan, the argument took center stage. The New York Times wrote, “Billions of baby oysters in the Pacific inlets here are dying and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington is busy spreading the bad news.”
Inslee told the New York Times, “It used to be the canary in the coal mine. Now it’s the oyster in the half shell. You can’t overstate what this means to Washington.” As it turned out, you could overestimate what it meant to Washington—Inslee, for one, served as prime example. As Shift reported, absolutely no evidence exists that oysters are dying due to ocean acidification or any other reason—scientists at Inslee’s own Department of Ecology (DOE) confirmed that fact. A top DOE scientist also admitted that the science on ocean acidification “is not there” to back up Inslee’s assertions.
Inslee has since stopped making so many references to dying oysters. Now, apparently, our green governor has moved on to referencing horse manure, wild animals chasing humans, the Titanic and colonizing Mars to get his point across.
The real problem with Inslee’s insistence on his extreme green agenda is not so much what he is saying, but what he is not saying. Inslee relies on colorful hyperbole and statements outside the realm of reason to promote his agenda. That’s because our green governor cannot defend his position with sound logic and facts.
Whether it’s the deliberate use of outdated, flawed studies to justify his plans or simply ignoring verified facts to advance his political goals, Inslee has proved—time and time again—that he will not let science stand in the way of his extreme environmental agenda. When forced to confront the irrationality of his extreme green plans, our green governor stumbles and grasps for straws.
That’s just what happened when Dori Monson challenged Inslee on why he is pursuing his extreme green agenda even though it would statistically result in “zero global benefits.” Inslee offered a strange analogy comparing the fight against global warming to WWII. Here’s what he said:
“I believe I have to do this because it’s what I believe. I lost my dad a couple weeks ago and I was talking to him about his life…toward the end…I was thinking one of the things that I was always proudest of…my grandma talking about my dad walking down to go serve in the navy in 1944 and she just wondered if this is the last time I will see him. And I was talking to my dad about that and I reflected that when my dad joined the Navy to help defeat fascism he did not say oh gosh I can’t solve this alone so I am not going. He did not say I am not going to join the Navy until the last guy does. He realized that there is a communal interest in defeating an enemy and none of us could beat Hitler alone.”
Monson called Inslee out for his bizarre analogy (which isn’t unusual for our green governor) and not using facts to argue his agenda. Here’s how Monson responded,
“Can I tell you why that analogy does not work for me. Because in World War II we got 100% victory over Adolf Hitler. You are talking about rolling back to 1995 emission levels which is I believe it was less than 1/10 of 1% change if I would’ve wanted your dad to risk his life if he could’ve defeated 1/10 of 1% of the Nazi army but that was an all or nothing thing this isn’t here and you’re not going to… You have to do a cost versus benefit analysis for the people of this state and the cost is going to be substantial and the benefits are going to be negligible and that’s where I just can’t wrap my brain around this.”
As previously stated, Al Gore also gave his two cents at the Climate Summit of the Americas. Gore resorted to making his own set of bizarre, exaggerated analogies including, “The television news is a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.”
Of course, it should come as no surprise that both Inslee and Gore use the same strategy to promote their extreme “green” agenda. According to public records recently obtained by Shift, the two green advocates are rather close. Emails reveal that Inslee receives advise from Gore. An email between Inslee staffers reads,
Perhaps rather than receive advice from a known extreme green hypocrite, Inslee would be better served reading up on the facts… on any given issue.