White House: Climate will Wreck Your Health

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Original image: The White House at the conclusion of “Snowmaggedon 2.0”, posted to Wikimedia by David King

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A new White House fact sheet claims that global warming will have severe effects on health and death rates. My question – why aren’t the alleged serious health issues associated with warmer weather, already occurring in the tropics?

The following appear to be the main claims made by the new paper;

  • Air pollution and airborne allergens will likely increase, worsening allergy and asthma conditions. Future ozone-related human health impacts attributable to climate change are projected to lead to hundreds to thousands of premature deaths, hospital admissions, and cases of acute respiratory illnesses each year in the United States by 2030, including increases in asthma episodes and other adverse respiratory effects in children. Ragweed pollen season is longer now in central North America, having increased by as much as 11 to 27 days between 1995 and 2011, which impacts some of the nearly 6.8 million children in the United States affected by asthma and susceptible to allergens due to their immature respiratory and immune systems.
  • Extreme heat can be expected to cause an increase in the number of premature deaths, from thousands to tens of thousands, each summer, which will outpace projected decreases in deaths from extreme cold. One model projected an increase, from a 1990 baseline for more than 200 American cities, of more than an additional 11,000 deaths during the summer in 2030 and more than an additional 27,000 deaths during the summer in 2100.
  • Warmer winter and spring temperatures are projected to lead to earlier annual onset of Lyme disease cases in the eastern United States and a generally northward expansion of ticks capable of carrying the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Between 2001 and 2014, both the distribution and the number of reported cases of Lyme disease increased in the Northeast and Upper Midwest.
  • Increase the risks of water-related illnesses. Runoff from more frequent and intense extreme precipitation events, and increased water temperatures, will increasingly compromise recreational waters, shellfish harvesting waters, and sources of drinking water, increasing risks of waterborne illness.
  • Climate change, including rising temperatures and changes in weather extremes, is expected to increase the exposure of food to certain pathogens and toxins. Rising temperature and increases in flooding, runoff events, and drought will likely lead to increases in the occurrence and transport of pathogens in agricultural environments, which will increase the risk of food contamination and human exposure to pathogens and toxins. This will increase health risks and require greater vigilance in food safety practices and regulation.
  • Climate change will have the largest health impact on vulnerable populations including those with low incomes, some communities of color, limited English proficiency and immigrant groups, Indigenous peoples, children, pregnant women, older adults, vulnerable occupational groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with preexisting or chronic medical conditions.
  • Extreme weather and other events related to climate change will impact health by exacerbating underlying medical conditions, increasing exposure to foodborne and waterborne illness risks, and disrupting infrastructure, including power, water, transportation, and communication systems, that are essential to maintaining access to health care and emergency response services and safeguarding human health.

Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/04/04/fact-sheet-what-climate-change-means-your-health-and-family

I live on the edge of the tropics, in a place which is substantially warmer than most of the USA is likely to become, even if alarmist projections of global warming are correct. Speaking from experience, the claims made in this paper are complete nonsense.

Allergens can trigger asthma, but one of the worst triggers for asthmatics is cold air. One of the main reasons I moved to the edge of the tropics, is the year round mild weather produced life changing relief from my asthma symptoms. The pollen season in tropical climates also seems to be less of an issue. The season seems more spread out, than in colder climates. Perhaps in cold climates, the growing season is shorter, so pollination has to occur on a much stricter timetable – the pollen cycle in cold climates is shorter, but subjectively at least, it seems to be far more intense.

The extreme heat claim is also weak. Humans are one of the most heat adapted species on the planet – our species evolved in steaming tropical jungles and baking savannahs. People retire to places like my hometown, to avoid the cold. On the occasional tropical summer day when the heat gets too much, people turn on the air conditioner, jump in the pool, or visit the beach. Unless you have severe pre-existing health problems, about the only way you can really get into trouble in hot weather, is by not wearing sun screen, or by not drinking enough water.

Tick diseases like Lyme disease are an issue in warm climates, but they are not noticeably worse than anywhere else. The same mild conditions which encourage more ticks, also encourage more predators which eat the ticks. Every night the urban landscape in my hometown is covered with small, harmless nocturnal lizards, running across the outside of house windows, out hunting insects which are drawn by the light.

The claim of an increase in water borne diseases is also just plain wrong. In Summer, the ground warms up, so the water comes out of the cold tap at over 70F. The water is still safe to drink, because the water company adds this chemical called Chlorine. A lot of Chlorine. Chlorination these days is so cheap anyone can afford it. Beaches and lakes are also safe to use, water sport is popular in warm climates. Obviously if you jump into a stagnant swamp, you are taking your chances – but that applies to any climate.

Increased exposure of food to pathogens and toxins? Seriously? Seafood and fishing are popular in my hometown. So far nobody I know has died from eating what they caught.

The claim about increased impact on vulnerable people; Vulnerable old people retire to warm climates, because the continuous warmth tends to alleviate the symptoms of many age related diseases, such as arthritis. Warm weather also reduces the energy required to heat your house – especially important, if you are on a fixed income, and have a politician like President Obama in charge. If you run an air conditioner, that can be expensive – but even in the tropics, an air conditioner is a luxury, not a necessity.

The extreme weather claim just doesn’t hold water. Really extreme weather strikes maybe once per year. People respond by buying more supplies, and by making sure they have enough petrol to run an inexpensive backup generator for a few days, to keep the refrigerator cold, in case of a power cut. I suspect people in the USA, especially in Northern states, suffer far more inconvenience from being snowed in during severe blizzards, than I suffer from occasionally losing power due to a big tropical thunderstorm. A power cut during extreme cold conditions can actually kill you. A power cut during hot weather just makes you sweat.

In my opinion, this White House “fact sheet”, and its weak set of climate claims, is simply a waste of taxpayer’s money.

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102 thoughts on “White House: Climate will Wreck Your Health

  1. Linda suffers from asthma but it is only noticeable when its damp and cold especially when its really cold her symptoms appear immediately if she breaths in cold air. Obama is fatuous useless individual which is not really surprising when you realise his degree is in constitutional law completely oblivious to the reality of ordinary folks lives.

    • “Obama is fatuous useless individual which is not really surprising when you realise his degree is in constitutional law completely oblivious to the reality of ordinary folks lives.”
      and may I add also that he’s completely oblivious to the reality of constitutional law.

    • This is why Tucson, AZ, became a haven for people with asthma many years ago. Hot and dry. I met my ex-husband there when in college, he came to school there because of his asthma.

    • Americans don’t get degrees in “constitutional law”, unless they go beyond the basic Juris Doctor degree to obtain a Master in Law in that specialty. Obama obtained only a J.D.

      And from virtually everything he’s said when touching on legal topics of all sorts, he didn’t learn much of anything!

    • I’ve always regarded his study of Constitutional law as being much like my study of Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto, and Mao’s Little Red Book. You need to know your enemy.

  2. I guess all this global warming has made it easier to construct straw men than snowmen.

  3. “Warmer winter and spring temperatures are projected to lead to earlier annual onset of Lyme disease cases in the eastern United States…”
    Just ask the frozen cherry blossoms this morning…

  4. Wow!

    The authentic science shows that life on this (currently greening up) planet has always done better when it is warmer………including human life and life does worse when it is colder…….including human life.

    But climate science recently discovered(invented) a new universal law:
    When CO2 and temperature goes up, all good life does much worse(is harmed) especially human life, while all bad life thrives and does better.

    Climate science supports this new law by eliminating historical evidence of things like The Medieval Warm Period and Roman Warm Period and replacing them with climate model projections using hand picked mathematical equations from really, really smart scientists(who are so smart that the rest of us dumb and blind denier scientists need to accept their new law) that can now, accurately project the weather, climate and impact on the entire biosphere and all creatures for the next 100 years.

  5. Why has an entire political class willfully decided to faithfully model itself on the wild-eyed old guy in a shabby overcoat on the street corner bellowing about the rapture? Is it like some outré Ivy League fashion statement or something? I just don’t get it.

  6. Eric Worrall — I fully endorse your observations. The intra-seasonal and intra-annual variations are very high. Over centuries people, animal & agriculture/plant species are adapted to those changes.

    Ashthma patients increased in India with the weed known as perthanium that entered India with PL-480 wheat in 70s. Also, some diseases are location specific for centuries.

    The health hazards with modern medicine [side-effects] are increasing non-linearly.

    Air, water & food pollution is nothing to do with global warming. These are associated with poor governance, poor ariculture technology — chemical inputs technology.

    Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

  7. The sad thing is tens of millions of Americans voted for this, and will also vote for Comrade Hillary or Commissar Bernie.

    • They did not vote for this. They voted for a shadow puppet that the progressive elites invented to advance their agenda. Obama is a nothing useful idiot.

  8. Hi from Oz. No, Eric, its not a ‘waste of taxpayers money’ if it achieves Obama’s objective of promoting his (insert whatever) agenda. That these claims by the White House (presumably attributable to the POTUS) are alarmist, false or misleading is the real problem. Wasting taxpayers money is par for the course, and hardly worth mentioning compared to blatant lies promoting CAGW alarmism , IMO.

  9. It is far worse than just a waste of our money. It is a concerted effort by the various agencies of the US government to propagandize and convince the US population that we must give them even more money and also let them have even more control over our lives. From the NBC coverage of the release of this report:

    1) “It’s not just about polar bears and melting ice caps. It’s about our families. It’s about our future,” [Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina] McCarthy said at a White House event unveiling the report.

    2) Climate change affects more people in more ways than anything doctors have seen in the past, said Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. He said the report allows doctors to better quantify “the sheer number of pathways through which climate affects health.” (All bad, of course)

    3) White House science adviser John Holdren highlighted heat waves, saying that even with some reduction in emissions of heat-trapping gases globally, “we can see thousands to tens of thousands of heat-related deaths in the United States each summer.”

    4) Centers of Disease Control and Prevention computer simulations of 209 cities show that extra summer heat deaths will outweigh fewer winter cold deaths from climate change, said CDC’s Shubhayu Saha, a study lead author.

    None of these claims are even remotely true. The CDC apparently used climate models that projected a 6 degree C rise in the mean temperatures in those 209 cities by 2100. That’s how much temperature rise it took to justify Holdren saying that 10,000 would die from the heat each summer. Of course, nowhere near that much temperature rise is expected by 2100, even by the IPCC. The purpose of this event was clearly to spread government produced fiction based propaganda into the population, hoping that no one would actually read the report.

    • They picked the wrong day to release the latest warm weather scary news. Even DC is seeing bitter, bitter, out of season cold today.

      • Believe me, no one reads trash like this anyway. They’re reading about last night’s Villanova game!

      • Oh no, they covered that in Chapter 4:

        “Winter storms can be accompanied by freezing winds and frigid temperatures that can cause frostbite and hypothermia (see also Ch. 2: Temperature-Related Deaths and Illness).”

        Well, OK – they should have labeled it, “Spring storms.”

    • James Loux says:

      April 5, 2016 at 4:27 am
      On track but have you gone far enough.
      1. when you have a weak car battery, it is during the cold months that it shows it’s inefficiency.
      2. friend on mine in his early eights works constantly in his garden. A few heart issues, but winter comes and these issues intensify. just had pacemaker put in and doing better all the time.
      3. why does it appear that everything that seems to be discussed has the same basic years; 2020 and 2030.
      4. do a search here at WUWT for 2020 and 2030. You will find that this is increasing, weather timing and U.N. timing. strange!

    • JL
      You have hit the nail squarely on the head. The report and the release promotion are shameful lies and distortions. There must be a “truth in advertising” law that restricts the white house and EPA. Who can hold these liars accountable for the damage they are doing?

      • UNEP + WHO

        Health and Environmental Linkage Initiative/ HELI

        “HELI is a global effort by WHO and UNEP to support action by developing country policymakers on environmental threats to health.”

        http://www.who.int/heli/en

        UNEP, Est. 1992 at UN Rio

        Use your own judgement on this arrangement of UN organizations.

    • You beat me to it…
      Who will send a letter to AG Lynch?

      This administration is a disgrace to humanity.

      • Their top presidential candidate should be in jail right now, and yet they dither. These people are unlawful, unjust, and unfathomable. They think we’re all stupid but we know they’re nothing but evil. They’ve become a laughingstock!

  10. This morning, it is SIX DEGREES outside! Upstate NY looks like Antarctica, covered with ice and snow and it is well into April now. This is record breaking cold.

  11. ” Tick diseases like Lyme disease are an issue in warm climates”
    ever been to Minnesota in spring? the ticks are killing ! and it is not a warm climate.

  12. Also from the release – which, btw, claims to have taken more then 100 people three years to prepare (!!!) – there is this great hostage to fortune:

    In addition, today, the Administration is announcing a number of actions to respond to the critical challenges and vulnerabilities outlined in the Climate and Health Assessment. These include: [among others]

    Designating May 23-27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week

    • “Designating May 23-27, 2016, as Extreme Heat Week”
      Just in time for the NBA finals, Miami Heat fans say ‘Thank you!’

  13. CO2 is a bronchial dilator. It is absolutely required for the human respiratory action.

    There are several methods of breathing that INCREASE the lung’s and airway’s CO2 levels to help alleviate asthma attacks. eg Buteyko method

  14. So… apparently, an increase of two or three degrees Centigrade (which is not going to happen in such a short time, but let’s run with it) is going to result in 11,000 or so heat-related deaths per year in the US by 2030.

    Currently, the number is under 700 per year.

    So how does that not-very-large change cause a fifteen-fold increase in deaths?

    • It doesn’t. The whole thing is fiction. This is what the Climate Change effort has become; just make it all up. And this is what the agencies of the US government have become; completely corrupted to do little more than produce propaganda supporting the Climate Change agenda. Seeing this happen is both depressing and scary.

    • Cause electricity prices to “necessarily skyrocket” (a quote from Obama) by eliminating coal which supplies 41% of our electricity, and people won’t be able to afford air conditioning anymore.

      What they predict is the devastating impact of their inane, nefarious policies, and they know it.

      It’s like predicting starvation on a mass scale by curtailing agriculture production–and they’d probably be happy to see their political enemies suffer such a fate.

  15. “this White House “fact sheet”, and its weak set of climate claims, is simply a waste of taxpayer’s money”

    Waste of taxpayer’s money, or out and out fraud? That is best left as an exercise for the reader.

  16. June is the hottest month in San Juan with an average temperature of 28°C (82°F) Washington, DC the coldest is January at 4°C (38°F) Everyone seems to adapt quite well……… Go figure

  17. It is my observation that folks who live happily for 60 years or more in upstate New York or Wisconsin will likely die within a few decades after moving to Florida for retirement. This correlation convinces me that heat kills.

    • An enormous percentage (pardon the pun) of statistics you read in the news daily are made up on the spot. Nowhere is junk science worse than in the garbage output of modern epidemiology. Minute associations, tortured from gigatons of data, are blown up in the press as worth changing your life over.
      Pure nonsense, it’s just exploiting a scientifically illiterate public to generate anxiety–and SALES.

  18. “Premature death” is a term that seems to change according to the user’s needs. I suppose if you could poll everyone who is dying if they thought their death was premature, you would get a very high count. The White House seems to though out specious numbers instead of percentages because 21,000 deaths (<0.005% of the population) is likely to get lost in the noise. But we do get to decide which death was premature and which was not, I suppose. Too far in the future to check and too malleable a definition to be meaningful.

  19. It’s a toss up between North Korea and the WH on threats and crazy ant policy talk. Submit to the prescribed carbon tax shovel ready stimulus or else!

    • And I notice they’ve completely ignored the horror of a global nit plague. Head lice will migrate to the poles and polar bears will all get nits! What then?

  20. Eric says about the climate warming health scare, “I live on the edge of the tropics, in a place which is substantially warmer than most of the USA is likely to become, even if alarmist projections of global warming are correct. Speaking from experience, the claims made in this paper are complete nonsense.”

    I live at sea level about 600 km (360 miles) north of the equator. I have lived mostly in the tropics since 1970 and I agree with Eric. This is a tale of hobgoblins and bogeymen.

    Most populations in the tropics are healthier now than they were 45 years ago during that brief cooling. Why? Because they are richer now, rich enough to obtain many of the goods and services that fossil fuels make possible, such as clean water.

  21. My wife and I are climate refugees. We moved from Michigan to Tucson, AZ 35 years ago. Our health has greatly improved.

    If we believe the WH BS, the precautionary principle requires us to ban vacations or transfers to warmer climates.

  22. I’m amazed that they would put out such weak second and third order arguments, mostly regional. Without insulting the “public,” among those who can’t identify Syria on a map where it is the only country highlighted, none of these claims are going to penetrate their intellectual firewalls – or convince them to cash in their SUVs for bicycles.

    Let’s see – we had the Cold War, characterized by the massive over-production of nuclear weapons leading the blissful tranquillity of Mutually Assured Destruction – The War on Cancer (Nixon) – The War on Poverty – The War on Drugs – The War on Terrorism – Can the War on Climate be far behind? Obama is laying out nature’s Weapons of Mass Destruction and looking to build his “War on…” legacy.

    • In gaining the upper hand in crisis management empowerment or stimulus authority, it is not up to voluntary choices like giving up SUVs as you say.

    • “We’ve had The War on Cancer (Nixon) – The War on Poverty – The War on Drugs – The War on Terrorism – Can the War on Climate be far behind?”

      We’re a crusading country–what do you expect?

      • No, we’re not “a crusading country” we are a propaganda country in which the general public is indoctrinated with lies and distortions of the truth. Such as that the authorities are waging “wars” or “crusades” against specific enemies.

        The “war” on anything is almost always one big fraud, whether it is actual military war, the war on drugs, or the war on cancer, because huge corporate interests are the leading motive for these “wars” instead of their officially advocated missions.

        So, the “wars” on this or that have thus been a “wars” on the unsuspecting public: to keep them misinformed and misguided.

        Let’s take the ‘war on cancer’ as an example:

        The orthodox cancer establishment has been saying a cure for cancer “is just around the corner” and “we’re winning the war on cancer” for decades. It’s all hype and lies (read Guy Faguet’s ‘War on cancer” or Sam Epstein’s work).

        Since the war on cancer began orthodox medicine hasn’t progressed in their basic highly profitable therapies: it still uses only highly toxic, deadly things like radiation, chemo, surgery, and drugs that have killed millions of people instead of the disease.

        As long as the official “war on cancer” is a HUGE BUSINESS based on EXPENSIVE TREATMENTS of a disease instead of its prevention, logically, “they will never find a cure for cancer.” The lucrative game of the medical business is to endlessly “look for” a cure but not “find” a cure. Practically all resources in the ‘war on cancer’ are poured into treating cancer but almost none in the prevention of the disease.

        At the same time, this same orthodox cancer cartel has been suppressing and squashing a number of very effective and beneficial alternative cancer approaches. You probably guessed why: effective, safe, inexpensive cancer therapies are cutting into the astronomical profits of the medical mafia’s lucrative treatments. That longstanding decadent activity is part of the fraud of the war on cancer.

        If the public were to scrutinize what the medical industry and their government pawns are telling them about the ‘war on cancer’ instead of blindly believing what they’re saying, they’d find that the cancer industry and the cancer charities have been dismissing, ignoring, and obfuscating the true causes of cancer while mostly putting the blame for cancer on the individual, denying or dismissing the serious harms from orthodox cancer treatments, and resorting to deceptive cancer statistics to “educate” (think: mislead) the public that their way of treatment is actually successful (read the well referenced epilogue of an article if you google “A Mammogram Letter The British Medical Journal Censored” and scroll down to the afterword).

        What the medical establishment “informs” the public about is about as truthful as what the political establishment keeps telling them. Not to forget, the corporate media is a willing tool to spread these distortions, lies, and the scam of the war on cancer.

        Do you really think it’s a coincidence that Nobel laureate Linus Pauling called the ‘war on cancer’ a “fraud”? If you look closer you’ll come to the same conclusion.

  23. WH over reach will also wreck your health. See the LBJ records on Vietnam War escalation for one example.

  24. Seems to me, their own press release says Government Propaganda is causing mental health issues..
    AKA unrealistic fear of weather.
    Therefore the government is the problem,self identified and once again clueless.

    Strangely I can remember Presidents who attempted to bolster public confidence and belittle senseless fear mongering.
    Fear of everything,of weather,of life, of plant food..definitely ain’t healthy.
    Why much more of this and the Vegans won’t be worth eating.
    I believe a Nunavut Polar Bear demonstrated that humans become inedible after wallowing in climate doom for years.Bear caught and released a Sierra Club Lawyer.

    Actually when you sum up this drivel from the White House.. CAGW/CC is a mental health issue.
    Those suffering these rehabilitating myths and fears should be kept as far from power as possible.
    Even dogcatcher is too much responsibility for any so afflicted.

  25. The only thing exacerbating Lyme disease is “liberalism”.

    Imagine if the next “humane” hunting prohibition in Connecticut extended to a ban on “rat murder”? Maybe an outbreak of black plague will change their perspective on animal population control or…. maybe not.

    http://www.eradicatelymedisease.org/

  26. More death and suffering? Surely not, at least not while we all live in the protective “glow” of the smiling Savior Obama.

  27. Considering what the president has done to our health care system nationally (and of course the energy industry, worldwide), it’s not unreasonable he would want to preemptively create a scapegoat on which to blame the increased death rates.
    It’s called ‘predetermined defense mechanism’ – or an alibi.

  28. If warmer temperatures and more rainfall are so bad why does Obama vacation in Hawaii?

    (This man is the biggest fraud and worst president in US history.)

  29. I suppose it will seem like a vacation when and if Hillary defines her mandate as gender equality and contrived pay differential in place of contrived climate mandate. Back burner never sounded so good.

    • “contrived pay differential ” – Given the now accepted idea of “self identification” I will declare myself to be female and then claim special status for my company as “over 50% female owned”. (And then marry my son so he will escape probate when I die!)

  30. Sent this to a pal last evening, in presenting the new ground breaking bs to him:

    Re – Fungal toenails . . pulling out all the plugs

    Skipping over the groundbreaking science presented here, in Chapter 4:

    “Winter storms can be accompanied by freezing winds and frigid temperatures that can cause frostbite and hypothermia (see also Ch. 2: Temperature-Related Deaths and Illness).”

    Who’d thunk it?

    We approach with ‘Jubuliation’ . . From Chapter 4, “IMPACTS OF EXTREME EVENTS ON HUMAN HEALTH”

    Fungal Diseases and Climate Change

    “Fungi growth and dispersal are sensitive to changes in temperature, moisture, and wind. Illnesses or allergic reactions related to fungal toxins and superficial or invasive fungal infections can cause serious illness, permanent disability, or death. People generally become infected by breathing in fungal spores directly from the environment or having spores enter the skin at sites of injury. Coccidioidomycosis, also called “Valley Fever,” is an infection caused by Coccidioides, a fungus found mainly in the southwestern United States. Reports of these infections are on the rise.

    The fungus appears to grow best in soil after heavy rainfall and then becomes airborne most effectively during hot, dry conditions. Several studies in Arizona and California, where most reported cases in the United States occur, suggest that climate likely plays a role in seasonal and yearly infection patterns.

    Recently, Coccidioides was found in soil in south-central Washington, far north of where it was previously known to exist. Climate factors such as drought and increased temperature may be [ or perhaps it was only just found recently – you duffus ] contributing to Coccidioides’ expanded geographic range. Thus, more prolonged or intense droughts resulting from climate change could lead to improved conditions for the spread of Coccidioides. Understanding the impact of climate change on fungal infections (such as Coccidioidomycosis, Crypotcoccos gattii, and Mucormycosis) would require comprehensive epidemiologic surveillance, better methods to detect disease-causing fungi in the environment, and ongoing multidisciplinary collaboration.”

    There you go – cueing up another $10 billion in government grants for worthless ‘science.’ Naturally, as well, new centers of specialized education in our public universities will need to gear up first, and be funded.

    • Disturbing the desert soil in the U.S. to install wind and solar projects has caused an increase in Valley Fever cases.
      Wind spreads the spore laden dust into nearby towns and it only takes one spore to cause a life threatening lung infection.
      U.S.government ignores this threat and grants project permits on BLM land. California government ignores this threat as well.

      • The New Yorker, Jan.20, 2014

        ‘Death Dust’

        “The valley-fever menace”

        Valley fever: CDC reports tenfold increase in infections.

        http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/20/death-dust

        When desert vegetation is lost in wind and solar construction, the bare soil can then be picked up by the wind.

        But any construction that removes desert vegetation can have the same result.

  31. So, is this why US taxpayers had to shell out $3.5 million for the Obama family to go to (warm) Hawaii instead of Fire Island ?

  32. Basically, the race between Sanders and Hillary has sidelined BO fro campaign purposes. That frees up time for more of the same BS with climate.

  33. cont…

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    wow, the last 25 years of global warming have made the hot countries even more desirable.

  34. “Humans are one of the most heat adapted species on the planet – our species evolved in steaming tropical jungles and baking savannahs.”

    No offense, but I take issue with that statement. True, human beings may have evolved in jungles and savannahs, but it appears that in the last few decades they’ve evolved in the university classroom. We know this because a recently submitted phD thesis in geography explores the capitalist, patriarchal, and gender discriminatory aspects enmeshed in the sales of?…Girl Scout Cookies.

    Judging from all the actions of the Obama administration I rest my case that our human evolution has been centered (and surrendered) completely to the dictates of the university.

    Perhaps we should call this epoch the Universitischene.

  35. Credit Suisse drops SunEdison coverage, warns of technical default credit-suisse-drops-sunedison-coverage-warns-of-technical-default-2016-04-05

    • Analysts at Credit Suisse have dropped coverage of once-highflying solar company SunEdison Inc. on worries about a technical default, a possible bankruptcy and other woes, adding to a growing list of troubles facing the company.

  36. Developed over three years by approximately one hundred experts …

    Get their names and a photo.
    2030? I may still be around by then — with good luck.

    The POTUS, on the anniversary of this, in 2030, should invite those of the the one hundred experts still alive to gather in the Rose Garden, say mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa, and then they should be given a dispensation because being stupid isn’t a crime.

  37. Every fall when we travel from Ontario to the Bahamas, I remark when leaving the plane, that we have just gone from a temperature of 0 C to 32 C and we are still alive. The reason we live in the Bahamas all winter is to escape death in Ontario. Death from the flu or a cold, death from walking on icy streets or getting into an accident driving on the icy streets, or death from a heart attack shoveling snow or death from freezing to death when we can no longer afford heat or when the electricity goes out. The five days of no electricity after that Easter ice storm could have killed one or both of us. Living in cold is dangerous. Living in the sub tropics is not even slightly dangerous.

  38. Hmm, say that to a family member of the VA, who died while waiting for health care that never came because they couldn’t get an appointment for months and even years, in some cases. Tell that to folk who followed the official food pyramid and are now part of the obesity epidemic. Tell that to the folk who did not keep their family doctor or health plan – despite your previous assurances, Mr. President. Tell that to the folk whom you will force to decide between food and electricity – just as they do in Europe – if your EPA nonsense goes through. It’s almost as if this man is begging for impeachment so that he can start a rase wor, IMO.

  39. The new White House Fact Sheet is false. Here is the evidence:

    “Cold Weather Kills 20 Times as Many People as Hot Weather”
    September 4, 2015
    By Joseph D’Aleo and Allan MacRae
    https://friendsofsciencecalgary.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cold-weather-kills-macrae-daleo-4sept2015-final.pdf

    [excerpts]

    Cold weather kills. Throughout history and in modern times, many more people succumb to cold exposure than to hot weather, as evidenced in a wide range of cold and warm climates.

    Evidence is provided from a study of 74 million deaths in thirteen cold and warm countries including Thailand and Brazil, and studies of the United Kingdom, Europe, the USA, Australia and Canada.

    Contrary to popular belief, Earth is colder-than-optimum for human survival. A warmer world, such as was experienced during the Roman Warm Period and the Medieval Warm Period, is expected to lower winter deaths and a colder world like the Little Ice Age will increase winter mortality, absent adaptive measures. These conclusions have been known for many decades, based on national mortality statistics.

    Canada has lower Excess Winter Mortality Rates than the USA (~100,000 Excess Winter Deaths per year) and much lower than the UK (up to ~50,000 Excess Winter Deaths per year). This is attributed to our better adaptation to cold weather, including better home insulation and home heating systems, and much lower energy costs than the UK, as a result of low-cost natural gas due to shale fracking and our lower implementation of inefficient and costly green energy schemes.

    When misinformed politicians fool with energy systems, innocent people suffer and die.

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  40. Canada has lower Excess Winter Mortality Rates than …

    Rates? Then numbers. Rates would be nice.

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