Pete Buttigieg Uses Climate Change Reasoning For Severe Flight Turbulence

( Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, blamed climate change as one of the reasons behind rising flight turbulence in recent times.

Speaking at a CBS program “Face the Nation,” Buttigieg stated that the changing climatic conditions are wreaking unprecedented havoc across the transit industry, as seen by melting transit cables in the Pacific Northwest. He also mentioned that climate change has resulted in more severe hurricanes and a 15% increase in flight turbulence.

Recent studies have indicated a notable increase in clear-air turbulence (CAT) between 1979 and 2020. Flights going over the North Atlantic are most prone to extreme turbulence events and have seen a major rise of 55% in the CAT during this time period.

A number of severe onboard turbulence events this year have worried aviation experts.

Just recently, 12 people were injured during a turbulent event in a Qatar Airways flight passing over Turkey.

One person even died in a separate turbulence episode in a Singapore Airlines flight that also resulted in 30 injuries. Buttigieg called this type of deadly turbulence a “rare” event.

The secretary urged the need to reform the existing transportation practices to comply with the latest safety standards. According to Buttigieg, we need to adapt policies and technologies according to the changing climate that continues to impact our lives.

Currently, pilots need to follow the necessary protocols in case of any turbulence, Buttigieg continued, but that might need to be reevaluated in the wake of the latest challenges.

Buttigieg also appreciated Boeing’s whistleblowers and encouraged every employee to speak about any safety issue they come across.

Since becoming Biden’s transportation chief, Buttigieg has often spoken about climate change. Even before assuming this role, he claimed that climate change was behind the Syrian Civil War and illegal immigration into the United States.

In 2019, Buttigieg stated that worsening droughts due to the deteriorating climate were forcing mass migration out of the Central American countries.

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