Jay Inslee will tour Island and Skagit counties today. He is scheduled to speak on, among other topics, the impact of ocean acidification on shellfish. Though top scientists have disputed his claims, our green governor is expected to continue promoting his false assertion that oysters in Pacific Northwest waters are dying due to ocean acidification.
Inslee often points to dying oysters as an argument for implementing his extreme “green” agenda. In fact, during 2014, dying oysters became his “central argument for cutting carbon emissions.” 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.”
However, 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. As Shift reported, DOE scientist admitted that the science on ocean acidification “is not there” to back up Inslee’s assertions. They add, “We do not yet know how Pacific Ocean conditions would affect Puget Sound or coastal bays.”
Of course, Inslee has never been one to let science get in the way of his extreme “green” agenda. Inslee has a long history of using outdated, flawed studies to justify his plans or simply ignoring verified facts to advance his political goals.
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 turns out, apparently you can overestimate what is means to Washington—Inslee does it quite often and he will likely do it again today.