The Sightline Institute—a far left environmental policy organization funded by liberal millionaires—is attempting to teach others (particularly scientists) how to effectively spin global warming propaganda. Sightline used the devastating Carlton Complex Fire to demonstrate its “messaging” tips last summer. Now, in the wake of the Chelan and Okanogan complex fires, the extreme “green” organization is recycling its example.
Last year, Sightline encouraged supporters to use simple language (easier for the liberal mind to understand, evidently) to blame our state’s wildfires on global warming – and avoid scientific stuff that might actually be accurate. An email offered the example of saying things like, “It doesn’t take a climate scientist or even a great detective to see the fingerprints of human-caused climate change on most wildfire crime scenes… “
This year, Sightline is—once again—encouraging the use of the simple instead of the accurate in order to best communicate its global warming message. The examples used in the extreme group’s latest instructional video include, “The fingerprints of climate change are all over these wildfire crime scenes.” And, “This is exactly the kind of strange weather we expect to see more of in a warming climate.”
Of course, “green” governor Jay Inslee appears to have memorized Sightline’s instructions to heart, perhaps because they are simple. While touring the Chelan and Okanogan complex fires yesterday, Inslee attributed the fires to climate change. Inslee warned that wildfires would become increasingly large, intense fires as the climate changes. He went on to say that he hopes “our state will move to attack climate change at its source, which is carbon pollution.” Inslee’s statement echoes claims he made during his 2015 State of the State address when he attributed wildfires in Washington State to “the growing threat of carbon pollution.”
Inslee managed to leave out any reference to the fact that Washington State actually contributes a miniscule amount to global warming, or that our state’s energy sector (thank you, hydropower and nuclear!) is the third-cleanest in the country.
No doubt, Sightline would also encourage the avoidance of any reference to the stunning level of government mismanagement—particularly by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under the direction of Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark—that allowed last year’s wildfires to become firestorms. What Inslee seems content to completely ignore—at least in the case of the Carlton Complex—is that the devastation caused by the fire had a lot to do with government mismanagement. In fact, it had a whole lot to do with government mismanagement.
In the end, Inslee’s most recent statement is just another example of his attempt to politicize tragedy – which he finds very simple to do.