Serious Climate Misinformation In Seattle Time Headline Article

From the Cliff Mass Weather Blog

Cliff Mass

Whether you are a climate activist, a governmental official, or a citizen hoping to be well-informed on climate issues, getting accurate and reliable climate information is important.

Unfortunately, the Seattle Times continues to provide unfactual information, with screaming headlines and stories that can easily be shown to be incorrect.

This disappointing behavior by Seattle’s only newspaper was obvious on Tuesday (see below).

A blaring, big-type headline heralded that “DATA CONFIRMS THAT WARMING IS WORSENING FLOODS, DROUGHT“.


As I will demonstrate below, these claims are unfounded.  The study does not confirm anything.   And the “expected connection” subheadline is very revealing of the editorial approach of the Seattle Times.

The article

The article, like so many stories in our local newspaper, was a reprint of a Washington Post article (by Kasha Patel):  A WARMER WORLD CAUSES EXTREME DROUGHT AND RAIN.  INDISPUTABLE NEW RESEARCH PROVES IT.

When a reporter describes research as “indisputable” you know they have little understanding of the scientific process.  Science is ALL about disputing and questioning each other’s facts and interpretations.   

The  “indisputable” information in question comes from a single new research paper “Changing intensity of hydroclimate events revealed by Grace and Grace-FO” by Mathew Rodell and Bailing Li of NASA Goddard and published in the journal Nature Water.

This article describes the measurement of the Grace satellites, which can measure the water content of soils from space.  Importantly, they only analyzed the period 2002-2021.  

Their whole claim of a global warming signal is based on two observations:  the last few years had several droughts/heavy rain periods, and the earth has been warming over the past decades. 

 Therefore, global warming/climate change is probably the cause.  Correlation proves causation.  Poor science logic (see below).

Why these claims are wrong

Let me begin with something that should be obvious: you can’t determine a global warming/climate change signal with a 20-year record–it is not long enough.

There are many natural sources of climate variability:  El Nino/La Nina with a period of 3-7 years, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation with a period of 20-30 years (see below), and others.

So with all these natural sources of variability of precipitation, temperature, and other variables, it is very difficult to pull out a global warming signal over shorter time periods (several decades or less), particularly since the global warming signal is relatively small and slowly growing.  Note:  it is generally accepted that the Earth has warmed by approximately 1.2°C over the past 150 years.

The Pacific Decadal Oscillation goes between warm and cool phases.

A closer look at the paper itself reveals several serious additional issues.  Let me show you a few.  

Below is the key figure of the publication.   The extreme hydrological events sensed by satellite are shown by colored dots.    The black dashed line shows the monthly “intensity” of the extreme hydrological events, essentially multiplying the number of events by their intensity.

The paper (and the Seattle Times/WA Post article) highlight that the number and intensity of extreme events have risen.

However, the increase in the intensity of extreme hydrological events has been limited to THE LAST THREE YEARS ONLY.  That is true for the number of “events” as well.  

What was global warming doing during the previous 15 years?   On vacation?

In short, there is no longer-term trend in extreme hydrological events that would make you think that global warming/climate change was the cause. Virtually no change from 2002 through 2018.  

This is a substantial problem for their hypothesis

They also plot the change in global mean temperature on the lower panel.  You can see a small warming (about 0.2C) over the 20-year period, with 2016 being the warmest year.

The change in extreme hydrological events (abruptly increasing only in the last few years ) is very different from the trend of the global temperature (distributed over the entire period), undermining the authors’ claim that global warming might be the cause.   

You will note that the warmest year 2016, did not have more extreme events.  Furthermore,  their plot shows little evidence that the intensity of the extreme events has increased.

Considering the above, does it seem likely that the Washington Post is correct in claiming that the research proves that the forcing of hydrological extremes by global warming is “indisputable”?  Of course not.

In fact, the evidence provided in this paper is so thin that a weather researcher (Daniel Swain) is quoted saying:

    ” I think if this were just coming out of the blue and this is the only evidence we had that hydroclimate extreme was becoming greater in warming climate, it wouldn’t be super strong evident unto itself

Finally, the Seattle Times does not allow comments on stories from outside sources (such as the Washington Post).    Obviously, this allows them to publish questionable information without anyone being able to question or comment on it.  They do the same thing for their cartoonist, David Horsey, who continuously provides exaggerated and unfounded claims regarding climate.

Newspapers should not be in the advocacy business.

They should be in the business of communicating facts and where there is controversy, both sides of the debate.

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March 16, 2023 10:23 pm

The graph legend is hard to understand, but my quick calculation shows that land took enough water off the oceans in the last 20 months shown, to cause a one metre fall in sea level. Cross-check please? Geoff S

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
March 17, 2023 1:17 am

That graph is pure brain-ache and garbage:

They have created a HokeyKokeyStik with just 2 data pointsIt talks of ‘Intensity Month’. What on Earth is that, because intensity is a ‘rate’ and it should be in cubic km per month. i.e. A time-differential not a time-integralThe HokeyKokey they create depends on that one huuuge data point for Africa. OK. But my eyeballing the graph sees that Africa has had a negative intensity (been drying out) for all its data-points previously. The rain came back. iow: The time-integral for African rainfall over that period cancelled itself outGoogle may have helped, see my screenshot## Google may have helped even more:”Abstract: Most of the African continent is semi-arid and hence prone to extreme variations in rainfall from year to year. The extreme droughts that have plagued the Sahel and eastern Africa are particularly well known

Around 1968 a change to more arid conditions occurred in the Sahel and North Africa.For the continent as a whole more arid conditions began in the 1980s.In equatorial regions, the boreal spring has become drier and the boreal autumn wetter.From here:Rainfall over the African continent from the 19th through the 21st century
## That is exactly what I was taught/learned in Geography lessons at secondary school around 50 years ago
i.e. Deserts have wild, variable and unpredictable weather
(Listen up Australia and the South West USA, the same applies to you)

btw and PS Geoff
with reference to the screenshot, the incoherent graph and mentions of Sputniks – what we need to know is how was this ‘extreme African pluvial’ actually recorded and measured?
Was it by the Sputnik, by gauges on the ground or by Seattle Times reporters breathlessly reporting while standing in ditches & puddles during a thunderstorm?

Because if it was either or of the latter, what’s recorded is ‘just’ The Rainforest doing what rainforests do = pumping water into the sky to cool themselves and letting gravity bring it back down again.
It’s just the same water joyriding in an elevator

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Peta of Newark
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 17, 2023 1:39 am

Quote myself:”For the continent as a whole more arid conditions began in the 1980s.

The Continent As A Whole ##

Africa is barely what you’d describe as ‘postage stamp sized‘ so how exactly does that statement mesh with ‘Global Greening’

## One of my twin daughters is going there this month, do do a bit of an Alan Savory with some elephants.
(The ‘Alan Savory’ after the ‘Alan Savory’ that ordered killing of 10’s of thousands of them = the one who realised they were a force for good and not the destructive behemoths that he and everyone previously thought the were. Just Like Bovine Cows in fact)

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March 16, 2023 10:44 pm

Seattle Times is in the pocket of the globalists, their climate reporting is pure grift.
Watch your 6 Cliff, they will be coming for you, again.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  schmoozer
March 17, 2023 4:37 am

Is the Seattle Times one of those organizations that takes money from climate change activists to spread climate change propaganda?

Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 17, 2023 6:43 am

The Editors are brainwashed climate activists.

Reply to  schmoozer
March 17, 2023 5:37 pm

Washington Post article….under her name.

March 17, 2023 12:28 am

So, if it’s hot or cold, rainy or dry, snowy or stormy it’s all climate change…. got it…

… and the wuhoo virus jumped out of the woods onto a bat that ended up in my soup… got it.

Science is cool.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Alpha
March 17, 2023 4:39 am

Yes, everything is caused by “climate change”.

March 17, 2023 1:04 am

Any “Newspaper” that does not allow editorial comments or op-eds is not worthy of being called a Newspaper.

Ron Long
Reply to  rah
March 17, 2023 2:37 am

Newspapers exist for a profit motive, so, when the Seattle Times prints CAGW garbage they are showing who their audience is. That’s right, Seattle has gone so WOKE they will never find their way back. Goodbye.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
March 17, 2023 4:41 am

The Loony Left destroys one place after another. They have really done a number on Seattle.

Solution: Don’t elect stupid people.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 17, 2023 7:07 am

“Don’t elect stupid people”. But first, you must have smart electors. And nowadays, that is getting harder to accomplish.

Reply to  barryjo
March 17, 2023 8:16 am

Thanks to the teacher’s unions.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 17, 2023 3:54 pm

Or try to out breed the stupid people?
Or course for the majority that are made, not born, you face an uphill battle.

Reply to  rah
March 17, 2023 4:33 am

Newspapers, like all private media, sell their readership to advertisers.
They want a narrow range of ideas among their readership. Preferably a large readership that has little practice at critical thinking as well as a narrow rage of ideas.

There is no point in selling a divided readership. An advertising message that puts off half those who see it is of little net worth. It may even be harmful.

So private media is not about the public service of communicating news. They are about curating a small set of consumers for selling to marketeers.

This is not a left or right thing. It’s just how the business works. It covers both the Guardian and Fox News.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  rah
March 17, 2023 7:02 am

if it bleeds it leeds- if nothing is bleeding- talk about the climate emergency

Janice Moore
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 17, 2023 10:07 am

“climate emergency”

🤨 🙂

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  rah
March 17, 2023 8:11 am

I have said this before, and I will say it again.

Our Founding Fathers gave the mainstream media freedom of the press for a reason. Besides informing the masses, the MSM was supposed to be a check on government. If the Seattle Times and WaPo are toeing the Biden Administration’s party line on global warming/climate change, they have abandoned their responsibility given to them by our Founding Fathers.

As such, they become little more than mouthpieces for the Biden Administration and Progressive Democrats on issues like climate. They are nothing more than a component of a real-world Orwellian Big Brother which indoctrinates and brainwashes the loyal masses to serve Big Brother’s ideological agenda. And it disgusts me.

Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
March 17, 2023 9:54 am

No need to limit yourself to “issues like climate”. The major media has become little more than the mouthpiece of the far left on all issues. (Anyone else remember the “mostly peaceful” riots?)
They’ve been slanting the news for decades. (Remember Cronkite declaring the Tet Offensive to be a major setback for US forces, when in fact it was a major win for US forces.) The only difference was that in decades past, they at least tried to pretend to be fair and balanced. Today they celebrate the fact that they can openly support one side and suppress all others.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
March 17, 2023 10:54 am

Did the founding fathers give us a freedom of the press or freedom of speech? Are they same thing? Just curious. I doubt they used the term freedom of the press. Maybe. I dunno.

CD in Wisconsin
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 17, 2023 2:48 pm


Freedom of Press Overview | U.S. Constitution Annotated | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute (

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; ….”

That is what the first amendment says, and I guess we are all free to interpret it any way we like.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
March 17, 2023 5:53 pm

Looks perfectly clear to me- it’s been ages since I read it in high school. I think most people think it’s just freedom of speech. Well, about 15 years ago- I sarcastcially deconstructed a testimony to Congress by my state’s “Chief Forester” who was representing an organization called “the national association of state chief foresters” or something like that- because it was so bad it begged to be deconstructed sarcastically and when I did so I put it up on my web site- the first forestry web site in the region- and I sent a copy to everyone. So, he got so pissed off that he waited a while until he retired- then filed a claim against me to the state forester license board saying it was unprofessional for me to say what I said against what he said to Congress. He was too chicken shit to file the complaint before he retired because if he did I would have demanded he get fired before he could retire. The license board were a bunch of nobodies who probably would have taken away my license. A lawyer friend said to contact the ACLU and I did. One of their lawyers sent an aggressive letter to the state demanded that they back off. This was several months after the complaint was filed- the board wasn’t doing anything about it and letting me swing in wind. When they got that letter they backed off immedietly. So, though the ACLU is thought of as lefty- they’ll defend just about anybody when it’s a first amendment issue.

A few years they did it again- I said something they didn’t like- and again had a complaint field against me- and again I contacted the ACLU- and again they wrote a letter and again the state backed down.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 17, 2023 9:32 pm

 So, though the ACLU is thought of as lefty- they’ll defend just about anybody when it’s a first amendment issue.”

That might have been the case 10 years ago, but now they’re full-on socialists.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  CD in Wisconsin
March 17, 2023 9:29 pm

What the Founding Fathers failed to foresee, is the creation of three-letter organizations, which are used to bypass the constitution. Therefore, it can be said that “congress didn’t make a law…”

Reply to  rah
March 18, 2023 6:16 am

“Any “Newspaper” that does not allow editorial comments or op-eds” = Propaganda and indoctrination.

March 17, 2023 2:05 am

The Seattle Times would seem to be, in the words of Sir Winston Churchill, “…using statistics the way a drunk uses a lamp-post: more for support than for illumination.”

Hoyt Clagwell
March 17, 2023 3:52 am

Anybody know if Jeffrey Epstein was served cheese while in prison?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
March 17, 2023 4:43 am

Did he get entangled in his bed sheets?

Reply to  Hoyt Clagwell
March 17, 2023 6:12 am

Yes sir, yes sir,
three bags bags full.
One for the Soros,
one for the Gates,
and one for the deep state who turned out the lights.

Captain Climate
March 17, 2023 3:52 am

The real problem here is that Nature will publish any garbage. Reporters are generally stupid people, but if “respected” journals wouldn’t launder this garbage it wouldn’t be passed onto the public as facts or science.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Captain Climate
March 17, 2023 4:44 am

Nature and the Seattle Times have something in common: They are both propaganda outfits when it comes to human-caused climate change.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 17, 2023 9:40 am

Which raises the question: What other agendas are they pushing? Leftist propaganda in one arena means Leftist propaganda in every arena.

Reply to  Dave Fair
March 17, 2023 9:58 am

There are still media outlets that refuse to acknowledge the Hunter Biden laptop story. BTW, Hunter’s lawyers just filed a lawsuit charging the repair shop owner with invasion of privacy when the owner gave the laptop to the NY Post.
If the laptop was never Hunter’s as many media sites still claim, how could giving away the data on it, be an invasion of privacy?

Many media outlets have been downplaying both inflation and the recession.

Janice Moore
Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2023 10:14 am

Good point. Likely, that lawsuit’s purpose is mainly intimidation of potential Biden witnesses/evidence suppliers:

“Nice little repair shop ya got there. Hate to see anything happen to it…….”

Commonplace thugs. That’s the Biden Syndicate. And, worse than some syndicates, who will NOT betray their own country, The Big Guy, et al. will sell their own mother dementia-afflicted grandfather for a buck.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 17, 2023 5:56 pm

BTW, Mac Isaac’s “nice little repair shop” was driven out of business by Brandon’s political machine in Delaware. Vandalism, boycotts & etc. such that Mac Isaac had to go to Colorado to hide out. That was one of the main drivers of his lawsuit.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Dave Fair
March 17, 2023 9:51 pm

While God will, for Isaac, “work all things together for good,” that is very sad.

And evil (no — “it’s [NOT] all good”).

Dave Fair
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 17, 2023 9:59 pm

Janice, I have no idea as to what you are saying nor as to the comment I made to which you are (presumably) responding.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Dave Fair
March 18, 2023 9:50 am

Since someone else also was confused (thus, the +1), I explain:

Mr. Isaac, per you, lost his repair shop. That is very sad. God “will work all things together for good” (Romans 8:28) for Mr. Isaac, nevertheless, what was done to him was evil.

The simpleminded falsity many people like to blithely toss out in situations such as this, “It’s all good,” is incorrect. There is evil. Mr. Isaac’s losing his shop this way was an example of evil.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 18, 2023 2:34 pm

Janice, who said its all good? I certainly didn’t.

Janice Moore
Reply to  Dave Fair
March 18, 2023 8:44 pm

“many people” like to say, “it’s all good” when evil happens.

I run into this inane phrase regularly.

It appears that you have not had the exquisite pleasure of hearing that phrase.

Well, now you know.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Janice Moore
March 19, 2023 2:54 pm

No, Janice, I’ve heard and understood the inanity of the phrase for decades. Since it wasn’t used previously in this Thread, I was wondering why you thought someone here had.

Dave Fair
Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2023 5:48 pm

I wonder what “The Big Guy” 10% Joe’s handlers have up their sleeves? On the surface, this legal action (countersuit of Mac Isaac’s original 2022 defamation suit against multiple defendants) would simply create more media scrutiny over the illicit and possibly illegal activities by numerous people revealed by the contents of Hunter’s laptop.

The shop owner looked at the contents to find the owner and, instead, saw what he thought might be illegal activates and called the FBI. They came out in December 2019 and took a copy, subsequently returning at some with a subpoena and taking the laptop, telling Mac Isaac that they would be in touch with him. As the months went by with no information from the FBI, he contacted various political representatives. Getting no responses, he contacted an associate of Rudy Giuliani in August. Giuliani was the source (copy of the laptop information) for the NY Post story.

Since Hunter is a public figure, invasion of privacy is a legal stretch. Additionally, since Hunter signed an agreement (contract) that the laptop became the property of the shopkeeper after 90 days, Delaware’s 1-year rule may not apply. Additionally, the FBI has the “property” (laptop) and the shop owner only released a copy of the information in August 2020, 16+ months after Hunter dropped it off in April 2019. Anyway, I’d look for a $1 award for damages and no attorney fees if Hunter wins.

Contrary to news reports that the Mac Isaac lawsuit was brought in October 2019, the original was filed in May 2022, with Hunter added in October 2022.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Dave Fair
March 18, 2023 4:02 am

Yeah, the FBI has had Hunter’s laptop since 2019. They know everything that is in it, including the criminal activity Hunter and his family engaged in, yet the FBI has done nothing. Instead, the FBI protects the Democrats from prosecution. FBI Director Wray should be fired as soon as possible. He is an apologist for the authoritarian Democrats and a danger to our personal freedoms.

Reply to  Captain Climate
March 17, 2023 6:23 am

I have been so disappointed by what garbage people will believe, especially Ph.D.’s.

But I went to an atmospheric chemistry Ph.D. thesis defense this week and I was pleasantly surprised that fewer than half attendees wore masks (almost all N-95’s). Only a few weeks ago, I was the only one sans mask in the same venue.

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  Scissor
March 17, 2023 7:16 am

Maybe they were confronted with the Cochran study ?
And learned how they were deceived ?

Nah . that might make sense …


Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
March 18, 2023 7:38 am

Or they read pre-covid studies regarding the effectiveness of masks against airborne respiratory viruses.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Captain Climate
March 17, 2023 9:33 pm

No, they’ll only publish garbage that agrees with the narrative.

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Boff Doff
March 17, 2023 4:29 am

Newspapers are there to make a profit and promote the views of their proprietors. It has ever been thus:

“I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false”

-Thomas Jefferson 1807

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Boff Doff
March 18, 2023 7:39 am

So Twain’s quote wasn’t an original thougnt.

March 17, 2023 6:08 am

Oh, noes! Say it’s not so. Liars lying to support their lies.

March 17, 2023 6:26 am

Finally, the Seattle Times does not allow comments on stories from outside sources (such as the Washington Post).  

Nor does it allow comments from local subscribers who from time to time take notice of its greater or lesser attempts to misinform bamboozle their readers. This reader has been banished permanently since April 2020 for making such comments. But it was fun while it lasted…

Dear ‘poodlesnorch’,
Someone with access to your account has violated our community guidelines. As a result, your account has been banned. You will no longer be able to comment, like or report comments. if you think this has been done in error, please contact our community team.

March 17, 2023 6:45 am

Pluvial? One would think that journalists who are trying to inform the public would use words that the public might understand. Pluvial (I looked it up – had to) means rainfall. And what is this “intensity” unit of thousands of kilometers cubed? Thousands of kilometers cubed of what? Water? If so, Geoff Sherrington above is right. The only dot on the chart that is out of line with all the others, whatever they might mean, is for Africa which is depicted by a very faint tan dot – to make it hard to find? Then how can Global Climate Change be responsible since most of the earth is unaffected. It seems to me that neither the “journalists” nor editors of WaPo or the Seattle Times have the foggiest notion of what the paper means and haven’t tried to find out so their readers can be informed. Typical of our modern media.

Joseph Zorzin
Reply to  Denis
March 17, 2023 7:12 am

“Pluvial? One would think that journalists who are trying to inform the public would use words that the public might understand.”

Reminds me of the time I got shingles- the doctor prescribed some pain killers- needed because shingles can be extremely painful. She said “titrate the dose until you find the right dose for your pain”. At first I wondered what the hell she was talking about with the “titrate”- then I recalled taking chemistry several decades earlier and figured out she meant start with one pill, then try more until it works. I got up to 3 and still no relief but with that many I felt like I was having a bad acid trip. So I could figure out what she meant but I bet most people in my low income, poorly educated section of central Mass. would have no clue what titrate means. Perhaps I should assume that she thought I look smart! Still, it would be best for a doctor to use plain language. And journalists.

Joseph Zorzin
March 17, 2023 6:58 am

yellow journalism

Reply to  Joseph Zorzin
March 17, 2023 10:23 am

yellow, yes. journalism, no

George Daddis
March 17, 2023 7:58 am


That headline should be used in the dictionary as a prime example of confirmation bias.
(Maybe even displacing the Doran and Zimmerman study, the previous record holders.)

March 17, 2023 8:14 am

Most new services (papers/TV/Radio/magazine) have become little more than propaganda organs for the extreme left. More than that, they are proud of it.

March 17, 2023 9:04 am

In 2013 the Seattle Times ran a series on Ocean Acidification called ‘Sea Change’. You can still find it. Some of their conclusions were challenged by Cliff Mass and they responded with this article.

How has the ‘crisis’ , the remedy and the science played out since then?
How are the oysters doing?
(The peccant point?)

Dave Fair
Reply to  RMoore
March 17, 2023 10:05 pm

It is obvious that the usual suspects chose to ignore or misinterpret the critique. I read it at the time and understood very well what the facts and science were.

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March 17, 2023 9:23 am

Another example how deeply stupid one has to be to revel in their ignorance. Another example of the Dunning-Kreuger effect at this newspaper.

Reply to  slowroll
March 17, 2023 12:20 pm

It’s not stupid. It’s cheeky. Teh Guardian predictions could be stupid. But the “droughts and floods at once” cannot. It insults the readers’ intelligence quite deliberately.
It’s much like with aristocrats pissing on the crowd from a balcony, except in this case the cheerleaders in the crowd may pretend that the piss is not directed at them, but given to them so that they in turn can throw it at the wider public pretending it’s holy water. But even they know it’s piss.

Beta Blocker
March 17, 2023 9:47 am

My Short visit to Seattle in February 2023:

I live in the US Northwest and was in Seattle in mid-February 2023 for a periodic checkup on a joint replacement surgery done last May. For highly complex surgeries of the sort needed for my condition, UW Medicine in Seattle is the best of the best.

From what I could observe during my short stay, CO2-emitting vehicle traffic in and around the Seattle area has returned to pre-pandemic levels. CO2-emitting jet and turboprop airliners continue to land and take off from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. CO2-emitting diesel locomotives pulling long strings of railroad cars continue to move in and out of the Puget Sound region. CO2-emitting cargo ships continue to arrive and depart from regional ports.

And, from what I could gather reading the Seattle Times while I was waiting for my appointment, Boeing continues to build CO2-emitting airliners in Everett and in Renton. At least for the time being.

The Climate Science Debate in Two Paragraphs:

IMHO, the earth will see another 1C to 1.5C rise in global mean temperature between now and the year 2100, from a combination of natural and anthropogenic causes. Moreover, that 1C to 1.5C rise is now baked in to the earth’s climate system. Nothing anyone does between 2023 and the year 2100 will make much if any difference to the outcome.

The climate activists say something very different, naturally. And that’s fine. It’s a free country. Or at least it used to be.

Climate Action versus Climate Rhetoric:

If the climate activists are honest in expressing their concerns, then their words must be backed with visible action which is consistent with their alarmist rhetoric. Here are some of the things that Oregon’s and Washington’s climate-conscious activists now employed in our state and local governments, and in the regional NGOs, should be doing to back up their rhetoric — but which they are not now doing:

— Developing and proposing a comprehensive plan of action for meeting the Biden Administration’s Net Zero targets for America as a whole; i.e., 2035 for Net Zero in the American power generation sector, and 2050 for Net Zero in the American economy as a whole. This plan of action must include a resource-loaded schedule and cost estimate. It must also include a hard-target schedule for the closure of America’s fossil energy support infrastructure.

— Developing and proposing a political agenda, a foreign policy agenda, and an economic strategy for convincing China, India, and the other developing nations in Asia and in Africa to quickly reduce and eventually eliminate their reliance on fossil fuels.

— Applying pressure on the Biden Administration and the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to its maximum possible effectiveness in reducing America’s carbon emissions through declaring CO2 and other carbon GHG’s as criteria pollutants. Declaring CO2 as a criteria pollutant opens up a number of regulatory pathways for suppressing the use of carbon energy resources, pathways which are not now being utilized.

— Using Oregon’s and Washington’s own regulatory authority to place extreme pressure on all carbon intensive industries and activities within their state borders, with the objective of quickly reducing the industrial, the institutional, and the residential CO2 emissions produced in those two states.

State Government Action:

This is how it would work using regulatory powers directly under the control of Oregon’s and Washington’s state and local governments:

— All utilities supplying electricity to Oregon and Washington State customers must demonstrate by a certain date they have no reliance on gas-fired or coal-fired power generation resources either within, or outside, their respective state borders.

— State and local authorities must limit the number of airline flights which can be serviced by their state’s largest airports, Portland International in Oregon and Seattle-Tacoma in Washington. Boeing must be given a hard date by which the airliners produced in their Puget Sound factories must use zero-emission technology, after which date Boeing will lose the tax incentives it now enjoys.  

— Environmental authorities must force the closure of Washington State’s six petroleum refineries by adopting new regulations which are impossible to economically comply with, following the regulatory model California is now using to force the eventual closure of all the refineries located in that state. 

— The state legislatures in Oregon and Washington must enact a series of stiff taxes on gasoline and diesel, with the goal of making the use of gasoline-powered and diesel-powered vehicles unaffordable for the average Oregon and Washington State resident.

— Last but not least, the states of Oregon and Washington must follow New York State’s lead in enacting climate legislation which enables state and local government agencies to aggressively control any and all facets of economic and social life which involves CO2-producing activity.

Rhetorical Wrap-Up:

If Oregon’s and Washington’s climate activists in our state and local governments are truly concerned about climate change, these are the kinds of things they should be doing for matching their actions with their alarmist rhetoric.

That they aren’t matching their words with their actions means they have a different agenda in mind, one which isn’t necessarily fighting climate change.

Last edited 14 days ago by Beta Blocker
Reply to  Beta Blocker
March 17, 2023 10:17 am

There’s an idea I’ve been playing with recently. It’s a potential solution to these government entities becoming permanent.

Basically no action of a legislator or president can last past their term of service.
For a legislator every yea vote that they cast while in office is automatically reversed to a nay in the records when they retire/die/voted out. If that means a bill is effectively defeated, so be it. One month after the new congress takes over, that law is no longer in effect.
If the person who is taking over that seat signs an affidavit indicating support for a bill, then the yea vote is maintained and the status quo continues. There has to be a separate affidavit for each bill. No omnibus approvals.

For a president, all bills signed are automatically vetoed, vetoes stand. One month after the new president takes the oath of office, all bills signed by the predecessor are no longer in effect. Once again, the successor has one month to sign affidavits indicating support for a bill in order for it to stay in effect. There must be a separate affidavit for each bill.

I’ve been debating with myself as to whether this should be extended to the Supreme Court as well.

Reply to  MarkW
March 17, 2023 12:05 pm

This would only break the illusion further. Thus —

  1. At this point, why not make these positions even more decorative? Closer to the level of modern “monarchs” of England. And
  2. Who would be both able and willing to actually do this?
March 17, 2023 10:37 am

It’s Seattle. It’s the only bird cage liner in the town. Having lived in that area for a long time, many years ago, I expect no less than that kind of garbage from that city. Want truth out of the “Seattle Slimes”, read the classifieds. Thank God I left the left coast when I did.

March 17, 2023 10:57 am

Whether you are a climate activist, a governmental official […] getting accurate and reliable climate information is important.

Obviously, no. Talking points will be dispensed from the usual feeder.


Was it expected? We know that The Guardian did predict Britain’s climate is becoming very hot, very cold, very wet and very dry at the same time.
Not sure about dry floods in Seattle, but someone there probably predicted those, too — seeing how Seattlites (Seattleans? Seattliddles? Seattleoodles?) seems to include a disproportonate amount of these types.

March 17, 2023 11:46 am

The whole of Seattle has pretty much gone to hell.

March 17, 2023 3:46 pm

Should be is an ideological or ethical evaluation.
Will be depends on the money to be made.
Obviously that fabled tipping point was breached three years ago.

Mike Maguire
March 17, 2023 8:46 pm

Woke Gotham: Putting Politics Before Public Safety

“For years now, leftist politicians across America have promoted a pro-criminal agenda that included gun control initiatives marketed as “public safety” measures, no-bail and other criminal law reforms, and “depolicing” communities.

Seattle, the tip of the progressive spear in Washington State, is now facing a crisis in crime arising from its commitment to defund the police.

Across the country in Chicago, another Democrat–run gun control utopia experiencing a precipitous drop in police staffing, soaring crime and lawlessness, a resident sums the situation up perfectly. “We can’t live like this. The city has become – I would even say, Gotham City is a little bit better, because you have Batman. Here you don’t have Batman. I’m going where they have the well-funded police departments and where they want our business.”

March 24, 2023 6:41 pm

The satellites only measure the top couple inches, which likely dry with LWR increases despite soil moisture increasing overall.

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