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Friday Funny: The Onion Gets Weird With Climate Politics

We really didn't see this one coming.
May 17, 2019, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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That's the real Jay Inslee at an event in 2016.
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The Onion's satire got oddly specific this month, with a fake news article about Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who also happens to be running for president in a crowded field of Democrats.

The headline kind of says it all: "Jay Inslee Smashes Through Wall Of Town Hall In Solar-Powered Mech Suit To Announce Climate Change Plan".

According to The Onion, Governor Inslee announced this totally made up climate plan, "from the cockpit of his bipedal, carbon-neutral exoskeleton, touting the potential of clean energy to screaming, debris-covered audience members while extending one of his solar panel-covered hydraulic arms to lift the town hall’s moderator above his head and crush his skull into dust."

The whole thing is a little ironic, considering the state of Washington has failed to pass a carbon tax twice since 2016. The second time went to voters after Gov. Inslee pulled a carbon tax bill from the legislature after the governor failed to attract enough support for the bill.

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