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Buttigieg Blames Climate Change for Increase in Severe Flight Turbulence

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg faulted climate change for the increase in severe turbulence on commercial airline flights while citing estimates that it has shot up by double digits over recent decades.

Buttigieg, 42, contended that top officials will need to “reevaluate” protocols for handling those severe weather events in the future and that the US will need to bolster its domestic infrastructure.

“The reality is, the effects of climate change are already upon us in terms of our transportation,” Buttigieg told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“We’ve seen that in the form of everything from heat waves that shouldn’t statistically even be possible threatening to melt the cables of transit systems in the Pacific Northwest,” he went on before citing “indications that turbulence is up by about 15%.”

A 2019 study in Nature concluded that vertical shear in jet streams spiked 15% from the late 1970s.

Last Tuesday, Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence which injured over 30 passengers and is believed to have led to the death of a British man from a suspected heart attack.

“To be clear, something that extreme is very rare. But turbulence can happen and sometimes it can happen unexpectedly,” Buttigieg explained.

“This is all about making sure that we stay ahead of the curve, keeping aviation as safe as it is. It’s not for nothing that it became the safest form of travel in America. We’ve got to treat that not as some mission accomplished.”

Since taking the reins at the Department of Transportation, Buttigieg has placed a strong emphasis on his desire to help combat climate change.

But he has also been forced to reckon with a bevy of transportation snarls, controversies with Boeing, and worker shortages such as with air traffic controllers.

“We inherited about a decade of falling numbers in terms of the number of air traffic controllers in the workforce. We’ve stabilized that,” Buttigieg claimed.

Earlier this year, Boeing revealed that there has been a 500% uptick in employee concerns submitted about safety issues for the first two months of 2024.

Boeing has been under fire after several high-profile incidents, including an Alaska Airlines flight on a Boeing 737 Max in which a door panel ripped off mid-flight.

“There’s an encouraging part and a concerning part,” Buttigieg said. “We want Boeing, and any producer in the aviation space, to have a culture of if you see something, say something.”

Although left unsaid, the Transportation Secretary hinted that the concerning part to him was the dramatic surge in reporting could indicate that Boeing is having more problems than previously realized.

At least two whistleblowers linked to Boeing have died under mysterious circumstances.

Buttigieg warned that if there was “direct evidence” Boeing was previously discouraging employees from coming forward with safety concerns, then there would be “direct action.”

“I’m not here to make an accusation like that at this time,” he clarified.

Back in February, the FAA had demanded Boeing present a plan of action to address quality issues with its plane manufacturing. The deadline for that report is next week and Boeing claims it is on track to make it.

“There needs to be some major change. And that’s not overnight work,” Buttigieg added. “…They’re gonna have to do more to demonstrate their readiness to safely increase production.”

  • Verneoz says:

    “Buttigieg Blames Climate Change for Increase in Severe Flight Turbulence.” Of course, the Face The Nation host did not ask the obvious follow-up question, “Can you give us the documented scientific evidence that there is in fact an increase in flight turbulence, and that it is caused by climate change?” This is because the FTN host is not a journalist and is a Democrat fellow traveler.

  • Peggy Higginbotham says:

    The “climate change” is being caused by Weather Modification, LLC and International Weather Modification. If they would actually acknowledge those companies are causing “climate change” and force them to shut down, we wouldn’t have to listen to the far left politicians and their chicken little “the sky is falling” claims!!!!

  • Larry Bowling says:

    Buttigieg knows that what he said in this interview is lies, lies and more lies. The real problems in the commercial airlines is not turbulence, it is Boeing airline manufacturing. Way back a couple of years ago when all of the democrat elites started shoving DEI down our throats, Boeing wanted to show the Biden regime how quickly it could institute the DEI programs into that company. So Boeing stopped hiring good, solid, knowledgeable employees to build their aircraft. Instead, they were hiring employees who believed in the brainwashing DEI guidelines for employees and that was much more important to Boeing than competent aircraft builders. Very quickly we started to see the results of hiring DEI believers as employees and not worrying about competent workers – doors flying off of airplanes, windows blowing out, wheels falling off aircraft etc., etc., etc. THAT IS WHEN BOEING’s problems started and it will only get worse until Boeing flushes the DEI guidelines down the nearest toilet!!!

  • Evy Lysk says:

    Boy Buttigieg is a Climate Change Commie. He doesn’t know jacksh*t. Climate Change is Junk Science. Also, Biden doesn’t know a cat from a dog. The whole Biden administration is a failure, and they will lose come election time. I can’t wait!



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