During a speech at the NRSC earlier this month, President Donald Trump made an off-script remark that – understandingly – raised a few eyebrows. President Trump, while bashing the viability of wind farms as a source of clean energy, referred to a debunked fear concerning the impact of wind turbines on health. President Trump stated,
And they say the noise [of wind turbines] causes cancer.
For context, recent research investigated the potential adverse health effects of wind farms. According to USA Today,
Critics have linked wind turbine operations to electromagnetic fields (EMF), shadow flicker, audible noise, low-frequency noise and infrasound, annoyances that could disrupt sleep, induce headaches or even cause mild nausea.
However, other than these side effects, researchers found no additional health threats. While President Trump’s comment warrants correction, it does not quite meet a level of idiocy that merits ridicule from someone like, of all people, Jay Inslee. But, that is just what Jay Inslee did in a recent fundraising email. Inslee’s email reads,
Last night, Donald Trump said something truly wild. I know, that’s saying a lot, but let me break it down for you:
He said, “They say the noise [from wind farms] causes cancer. Seriously.
In case you needed any more proof that we need a climate president, this is it. In case you needed any more proof we have got to make sure climate change is center stage at the debates, well – you’ve got it. Our president is now sharing conspiracy theories about the noise from wind farms causing cancer. I’d say it doesn’t get any worse than that, but you never know what could come next.
The absurdity of Inslee ridiculing anyone for making a gaffe cannot be overstated. As Washingtonians know, our green governor cannot speak without saying something dumb.
Given his email, it appears Inslee needs to be reminded of his many, many idiotic comments. Luckily, we’re here to help. Here’s a round-up of our top ten head-scratching – and embarrassing – favorites:
- “We do have a secret sauce here, and that is innovation.” – Seattle debate October. 11, 2012
- We are not Louisiana. That’s not who we are as a state. We’ve got the most precious environment in the history of the solar system. – KCTS9/Yakima Herald Republic Debate October 2, 2012
- “This is unchartered ground” – Governor Inslee Media Availability, June 11, 2013
- “We are the most innovative state in human history.”- Governor Inslee Media Availability, February 13, 2013
- “I’m pretty sensitive to small businesses. I was one.” – Seattle debate October. 11, 2012
- “I think that’s important for folks who are using medical marijuana. I, I sat next to a Boeing engineer on a plane awhile back talking to his wife’s brain cancer.” – KCTS9/Yakima Herald Republic Debate October 2, 2012
- “We want to discourage truck drivers from crashing their trucks into state bridges”
- “…our plan does have a proposal to embrace the lean management systems that Boeing has used, that Virginia Mason has used. Hospital.” – KCTS9/Yakima Herald Republic Debate October 2, 2012
- “And it’s difficult for me to accept the current situation where we’ve had a very unbalanced result that is so unbalanced in my state and unbalanced between cuts to spending and closing some loopholes that oughta be closed.” – Press conference February 27, 2013.
- “So we are like, you know, a five year old that keeps growing…and as we grow, we do another thing: we get older. And that is pretty much inexorable. I’ve figured that out.” – Vancouver Debate August 29, 2012
- “The other party still seems to think that quantum physics don’t apply and the Earth is not warming, and the fires are not burning in Cle Elum and the waters not becoming more acidic that are making our oysters industry have to move to Hawaii, but all those things are happening, and the science is clear on that. That means by necessity, we’re not picking the science, physics is picking the science.”- Seattle Times interview September, 2012
- “A transportation package is going to be difficult because there is a tooth fairy but there is no transportation fairy.”
- “As Governor, I am not a Machinist.” – Press Conference November, 2013
- “I took math at Ingraham High School, so I know how to count votes.” – Press Conference December, 2013
- “Our potatoes our apples our wine, uh, our wheat is all crystal clear. Good to eat. I’m eating it at least three times a day. So, the governor feels confident in it and that’s important to say to the world and I hope you’ll disseminate that information.” – KCTS9/Yakima Herald Republic Debate, Oct. 2, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, Washington Governor and Democrat Presidential candidate Jay Inslee.