Guest essay by Eric Worrall
President Obama has announced a new initiative to tackle climate change, in the name of helping people with asthma.
According to AP;
Warning of the perils to the planet has gotten the president only so far; polls consistently show the public is skeptical that the steps Obama has taken to curb pollution are worth the cost to the economy. So Obama is aiming to put a spotlight on ways that climate change will have real impacts on the body, like more asthma attacks, allergic reactions, heat-related deaths and injuries from extreme weather.
Obama said spending on health — such as preventing asthma — can save more money than it costs, as well as alleviate pain and suffering.
As an asthma sufferer, I’m personally disgusted that the President is seeking to exploit sympathy for my condition, to further his political climate agenda. Car exhaust and pollution can trigger an asthma attack – but by far the worst trigger for asthma attacks which I encountered was extreme cold. Heat waves cause deaths – but cold is far worse. Death rates soar in winter. The suggestion that milder winters in the future might be a public health threat is absurd.