By Thomas Mitchell
In January 2013, then-President Barack Obama said, “If there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this [gun] violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”
A month later he tweeted, “If we save even one life from gun violence, it’s worth it.”
In a press conference Vice President, Joe Biden said, “As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking.” It’s a common plea for action.
Perhaps now-President Biden should keep this in mind as he touts various spending bills to curb global warming.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, reports that a study found that globablly climate change annually causes almost 120,000 additional heat deaths but avoids nearly 300,000 cold deaths.
Lomborg further noted the frequently mentioned deaths due to weather-related events such as floods, droughts, storms and fire —
mostly blamed on climate change — actually have declined. “In the 1920s, these disasters killed almost half a million people on average
each year. The current climate narrative would suggest that natural disasters are ever deadlier, but that isn’t true,” he writes. “Over the past century, climate-related deaths have dropped to fewer than 20,000 on average each year, even though the global population has
quadrupled since 1920.”
Each year, more than 100,000 people die from cold in the United States, and 13,000 in Canada — more than 40 cold deaths for every heat death. Lomborg wrote in July in The New York Post
This piece was also published in The Financial Post. He concluded his WSJ op-ed by saying, “Climate change is a real problem we should fix. But we can’t rely on apocalyptic stories when crafting policy. We must see all the data.”
If it saves one life?
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Thomas Mitchell is a former newspaper editor who now writes conservative/libertarian columns for weekly papers in Nevada. You may
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By Thomas Mitchell