While the global warming and climate crusaders blame our 20th century carbon dioxide emissions for warming the earth a predicted 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit during the 21st century, the records of actual climate fatalities say warmer is better for human survival. The myopic, and often politicized, metadata of government and academic climate campaigners ignore that colder climates are more dangerous than warmer for the human species.
The journal Nature estimated a global death toll attributable to global warming of 150,000 for the year 2000. But cynically, Nature assumed the specious direct link of global warming in counting the global fatalities from things like malnutrition, diarrhea, malaria, and even floods. Global deaths directly related to weather extremes of cold and heat have actually declined over the last 50 years. (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Winter 2009) Human death rates are available for deaths related to extreme cold and hot weather from various scientific reports. Here are some of them:
- U.S. death rates from extreme cold weather 1979-2006 were 50.1% of all extreme weather event deaths;
- U.S. death rates from extreme heat weather 1979-2006 were 27.1% of all extreme weather event deaths;
- U.S. extreme cold weather death rates averaged 2.7% between 1979-2006 for all causes of death;
- U.S. extreme heat weather death rates averaged 1.5% between 1979-2006 for all causes of death (ibid.);
- Four times more people die from excessive cold weather than die from excessive hot weather according to National Center for Health Statistics Compressed Mortality Database 2005.
Beyond the wild claims of green-obsessed climate politicos, prophets and profiteers, there are rational market forces that have put climate concerns and all of the gratuitous eco-utopian agenda into a long-overdue new perspective. The silver lining of the economic recession is that of critical focus on economic priorities. For 30 years, the western developed countries have grown governments at the unsustainable expense of their citizens.
In the early 19th century before our Civil War, Frenchman author Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, ”The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Our Congress has practiced this “bribe” in plain sight for far too long.
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