An Overheated Climate Alarm
. . . there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:42.
The climate alarmists, it's always wailing, gnashing of teeth, sack cloth, and ashes, and above all the Earth as a furnace of fire. I am usually exhausted after reading anything from these madmen racing about with their hair on fire. Lomborg, as usual, drops the boom.
"The Obama administration released a new report this week that paints a stark picture of how climate change will affect human health. Higher temperatures, we’re told, will be deadly—killing “thousands to tens of thousands” of Americans. The report is subtitled “A Scientific Assessment,” presumably to underscore its reliability. But the report reads as a political sledgehammer that hypes the bad and skips over the good.
It also ignores inconvenient evidence—like the fact that cold kills many more people than heat."
But science is not the point of this the President's missive, control is the point, control of you, and your money.
"Consider a rigorous study published last year in the journal Lancet that examined temperature-related mortality around the globe. The researchers looked at data on more than 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 areas: cold countries like Canada and Sweden, temperate nations like Spain, South Korea and Australia, and subtropical and tropical ones like Brazil and Thailand.
The Lancet researchers found that about 0.5%—half a percent—of all deaths are associated with heat, not only from acute problems like heat stroke, but also increased mortality from cardiac events and dehydration. But more than 7% of deaths are related to cold—counting hypothermia, as well as increased blood pressure and risk of heart attack that results when the body restricts blood flow in response to frigid temperatures. In the U.S. about 9,000 people die from heat each year but 144,000 die from cold."
Give them 5 minutes and they will be arguing it will cause cold, and that will kill as well. It is an unfalsifiable theory, it causes everything, it is responsible for everything.
A Comically long "Complete" List Of Things Supposedly Caused By Global Warming. Geez, after that I need a nap. I think the global alarmist have been busy!
"In pushing too hard for the case that global warming is universally bad for everything, the administration’s report undermines the reasonable case for climate action. Focusing on only the bad side of the ledger destroys academic and political credibility.
Although there is a robust intellectual debate on heat and cold deaths, there is a much simpler way to gauge whether people in the U.S. consider higher temperatures preferable: Consider where they move. Migration patterns show people heading for warm states like Texas and Florida, not snowy Minnesota and Michigan.
That’s the smart move. A 2009 paper in the Review of Economics and Statistics estimates that because people seek out warmth, slightly more die from the heat, but many fewer die from the cold. In total, the actions of these sun-seekers avert 4,600 deaths in the U.S. each year. You won’t be surprised to learn that the study wasn’t mentioned in the administration’s half-baked report."
We discussed this issue this past week! Read the whole article, and then buy a few of Lomborg's books, they are very well worth a read (Mr. Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, is the author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” (Cambridge Press, 2001) and “Cool It” ( Knopf, 2007)).