Fortunato probes state climate policy amid new scientific research

Japanese researchers uncover glacial patterns unrelated to human carbon emissions

Washington’s Climate Commitment Act is being felt by drivers at the pump, driving gas prices higher by nearly 50 cents per gallon. The goal is to reduce human-caused carbon emissions by imposing a “cap-and-tax” scheme for so-called polluters.

State Sen. Phil Fortunato is asking the state agency in charge of implementing Washington’s aggressive climate-policy agenda how it is addressing emergent science that casts doubt on the policy of capping and taxing carbon under the CCA to address climate change.

In a letter to the state Department of Ecology director, Fortunato is pointing to new research from Japan that indicates there are larger astronomical forces at work that could be contributing to shifts in global climate.

“Science on this problem is constantly evolving and I think the citizens of our state would be better served if government were making decisions that are grounded in fact rather than ideology,” Fortunato, R-Auburn said. “This study seems to flip the approach by the governor and legislative Democrats on its head when it comes to only focusing on taxing citizens to address global climate change.”

Japanese researchers detail how shifts in the Earth’s axis point to a historical cycle of glacier creation and degradation every 41,000 years. Climate alarmists have claimed that carbon emissions from human activities would result in the loss of glaciers, rising oceans and other catastrophic results. However, these dire predictions that polar ice caps would disappear due to human-related activities are more reminiscent of Nostradamus than science.

“We can and should be good stewards of our environment,” said Fortunato. “No one wants dirty air or water or to pass along a degraded environment to our children and grandchildren. But the policy path in Olympia on climate change is only hurting working families. There are other factors we should be considering that isn’t a crony-capitalist shell game that makes our state even more unaffordable.”

You can read the study here and a copy of the letter to the Department of Ecology here.