A new study reveals the documented warming over the course of a century on the U.S. West Coast is entirely a result of natural causes, not human emissions and not greenhouse gases. Scientists concluded that “the vast majority of coastal temperature increases since 1900 are the result of changes in winds over the eastern Pacific Ocean.” The authors further found “no evidence that those weather patterns were themselves being influenced by the human burning of fossil fuels.”
The study tracked land and sea surface temperatures during the course of the past 113 years and ultimately found that “virtually all of the roughly 1 degree Celsius average temperature increase could be explained by changes in air circulation.” According to the Seattle Times, scientists admitted the study is significant and interesting but were quick to qualify their admission with statements re-iterating the importance of acknowledging the impact of human-caused global warming. A similar reaction can be expected from Jay Inslee. After all, why let science get in the way of an extreme environmental agenda—Inslee’s cap and trade and gas tax scheme—that is presumably backed by science.