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Buttigieg blames climate change for his poor results

It’s about time, fool.

What has Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg been up to for the past three and a half years? Some might say nothing substantial. Under Secretary Butigieg’s watch, barges destroyed bridges, train derailments led to toxic poisonings, and planes were diverted for all sorts of mechanical errors. Only “seven or eight” EV charging stations have been completed, although the goal is half a million by the end of the decade. What’s stopping all those Build Back Better promises from President Joe Biden? According to his friend Pete, it’s about climate change.

Gotta blame the lack of forward motion on something, right? The secretary, during an interview previously recorded on Face the Nation, explained to host Margaret Brennan that what we have in America is the crazy weather created by that scary phrase, climate change, and a priority we should embrace is to “continually refresh” to keep transportation safe. “Continuous refresh” could be spaghetti thrown at the wall for the cause of the day. “This is something that needs to continually evolve. Our climate is evolving.”

Buttigieg then moved on to the latest transportation nightmare: deadly turbulence. “Our policies and our technology and our infrastructure must evolve accordingly,” Buttigieg argued. “It’s all about making sure we stay ahead of the curve, keeping aviation as safe as it is.”

Turbulence is nothing new

Buttigieg’s reference point was the commotion on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Dublin that left a dozen passengers injured. “Turbulence is irregular air movement resulting from eddies and vertical currents,” explains the National Weather Service (NWS). “It can be as insignificant as annoying bumps or severe enough to momentarily throw an airplane out of control or cause structural damage.”

There are four types of turbulence, according to the NWS:

  1. Mechanical turbulence is the friction between the air and the ground.
  2. Thermal (convective) turbulence can also be expected on hot summer days, when the sun heats the earth’s surface unevenly.
  3. Frontal turbulence: The lifting of warm air by the inclined frontal surface and the friction between the two opposing air masses.
  4. Wind shear is the change in wind direction and/or speed over a certain horizontal or vertical distance.

“Extremely complex factors interact to create turbulence,” says Dr. Guido Carim Jr., head of Griffith Aviation at Griffith University. The former pilot says even wildfires can cause this. “Radar technology for detecting turbulence is improving, but despite all the instruments on board, we cannot accurately predict where and when turbulence will be.”

However, climate alarmists have taken this accusation from the Biden administration as a reason to keep the infrastructure overhaul and get ahead of future weather changes. The federal government’s focus remains intense on the issue: On May 16, President Joe Biden reauthorized the Severe Turbulence Research and Development Act under the current Federal Aviation Administration.

But all of Buttigieg’s pivots to climate change as the cause of recent flight problems — or other transportation problems, for that matter — seem like a departure from the reality of what’s going on inside his department: Nada.

Buttigieg Blathers

The Inflation Relief Act of 2022 allocated a large portion 7.5 billion dollars for EV stations across the country, but what has been achieved by the end of 2023? Little to nothing. Oh, but you have to know that they are working on it. The secretary hinted at big things to come in the somewhat tentative interview with Brennan Face the Nation. Here is an excerpt:

SECRETARY BUTTIGIEG: Now, to make a charger is more than throwing a small device in the ground, there is utility work and this is also a new category of federal investment. But we’ve worked with each of the 50 states, each of which receives dollars to do this work….

MARGARET BRENNAN: Seven or eight though?

SECRETARY BUTTIGIEG: –Their employment and the first hand- again, by 2030, 500,000 chargers. And the first handful of chargers are already physically built. But again, these are the beginning stages of the construction to come.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Right. But- but it gets to the point where you can’t make long-distance travel possible quickly if you don’t have the infrastructure there to support it.

It was uncomfortable for Mr. Secretary to be dissected by the once very supportive corporate media. His problems involve spending billions on projects that Americans can’t touch, see or feel in real time, and the best excuse for inefficiency is climate change. Some of us call it weather, but the lack of getting things done on the rails, in the air, on the highways, bi-ways and waterways won’t magically appear on election day.