Climate change forcing changes to transportation industry, Pete Buttigieg says

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, discussing the turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight that killed a passenger last week, said that climate change is affecting the transportation industry and that the United States must learn to adapt for safe transportation.

“The reality is, the effects of climate change are already upon us in terms of our transportation,” Buttigieg said.

“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, to, as you mentioned, hurricane seasons becoming more and more extreme and indications that turbulence is up by about 15 percent. That means assessing anything and everything that we can do about it.”

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