Global Warming Policies Might be Bad for your Health

Indur Goklany and Paul Reiter GWPF

Policies to reduce global warming may be doing more harm than good to public health in both developing and industrialised countries. This is the conclusion of a new report published today by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.

In his report, Dr Indur Goklany, a leading expert on human health and climate change, shows that

• Global warming does not currently rank among the top public health threats

• The contribution of much-publicized ‘Extreme Weather Events’ to global mortality is negligible and declining.

• Poverty is a much larger public health threat than global warming

• Present climate policies are already adding to death and disease

• Focused adaptation to climate change and/or economic development would provide greater health benefits at lower costs than climate mitigation policies.

The report warns that exaggerating the impact of global warming on human health seriously risks misdirecting the world’s priorities and resources in combating poverty and improving public health.

“Climate policies that hinder or slow down economic development or increase the price of energy and food threaten to augment poverty and, as a result, increase net death and disease,” Dr Goklany said.

The increase in biofuel production between 2004 and 2010, for example, is estimated to have increased the population in absolute poverty in the developing world by over 35 million, leading to about 200,000 additional deaths in 2010 alone.

“Focused adaptation designed to reduce vulnerability more broadly to today’s urgent health problems would deliver greater reductions in deaths at a lower cost than climate mitigation policies,” Dr Goklany added.

Full report is here.


Redneck Note: The US Demagogue party wants to tax big oil to generate $41 billion in ten years.

Big oil already pays more in taxes than any other industry but it an easy target because everyone pays the price at the pump or in their electric bills. Only it is the demagogue party that is responsible by blocking new coal, oil and even making attempts to slow or stop the natural gas fracking to piush their green agenda which has miserably failed in Europe. Obama admitted to wanting electrictity prices to ‘necessarily skyrocket’ and his energy secretary Chu said $8 gasoline would be a benefit to his energy plans.

The wind farms not only kill hundreds of thousands of birds and bats (some birds endangered) but have been shown to have health effects on people within 1/2 miles.

Their enablers in the media who promoted every mistake “W” made (and there were many), ignores Obama’s long list of failures, the biggest of which are the energy and health care fiascos. Enviro facsists rule the country and world.

Not a word also on the administration’s willingness to go along with the UN’s request for $250 billion per year from the US alone to support their sustainability (population control), energy and climate controls and redistribution of wealth. Recall IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer in November 2010 admitted “one has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy.” Instead, climate change policy is about how “we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth…”

We should instead defund the UN entirely and tell them to find another home. We can turn the UN buildings into low income housing. We would save $2.5 trillion in the process. We should then approve the Keystone pipeline and drill, baby drill. Since CO2 is a benefactor gas and has no effect whatsoever on health or climate, let’s set 1000 ppm as a goal for 2030. Crop growth will benefit and we can feed more of the world. Then lets put together class action suits against the enviro groups, the demagogue party, the professional societies and the universities and the scientists there and at the national labs who lead the way with bad science for damaging our economies and health and well being for their political and socialist goals.

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