Guest essay by Leo Goldstein
The website medsocietiesforclimatehealth.org, owned by a previously unknown group called the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (“the MedSocCon”), published a MEDICAL ALERT! report and other climate alarmism materials, targeted at physicians. MedSocCon attempts to use medical doctors and other health care providers to alarm their patients about climate change, to tell their patients to vote for the left Democrats (“Vote for elected leaders that will act to cut climate pollution,”) and to engage in political activism (“Join local efforts to fight climate pollution.”)
But the worst part is that these materials also instruct doctors to give wrong advice to their patients, both adults and children. For example, a poster for children speaks directly to kids over the heads of their parents and tells them to bike to school. Dangers and high fatality rates of biking compared with driving are not mentioned. A “Heart Health” poster advises heart patients to replace their car trips with biking and walking. MedSocCon gives these materials to doctors to use in diagnosing and/or treating illnesses and diseases.
MedSocCon and its materials have been heavily promoted by the former mainstream media from March 14. Many of MedSocCon materials were developed by the Center for Climate Change Communication (“4C”) of George Mason University over years, and possibly altered after the elections to include “resistance” to President Trump. 4C employs Edward Maibach (#2 among signers of the infamous RICO 20 letter) and John Cook of SkepticalScience. Among 4C programs is Republicen.org — anttempt to mislead Republican voters and/or to interfere into internal affairs of the Republican Party few months before the November elections.
MedSocCon is not shy about rationale for its outrageous behavior. Its Guidance for Health Professionals openly says: “The combination of trust and reach, whether it’s public health officials engaging communities or the doctor–patient relationship, presents a unique opportunity …”. This is why MedSocCon repeatedly tells physicians to provide intentionally wrong medical advice to adults and children alike. Such abuse of the doctor – patient trust is an unprecedented low even for climate alarmism.
MedSocCon is funded by the notorious Energy Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and others. 4C is funded by the Rockefeller Brothers/Rockefeller Family Fund, Energy Foundation, Grantham Foundation, and other “usual suspects” – along with our tax money.
The decision to join MedSocCon was made by a small number of top officials of each complicit medical society, not by its members. It is not clear how many of those officials have approved its MEDICAL ALERT! report and the materials, distributed to physicians. These societies do not represent doctors, even those who are listed as members. But the former MSM claimed that MedSocCon represents 400,000 doctors or more than half U.S. physicians. This claim is as false as a similar assertion that IPCC reports had been approved by thousands of the world top scientists.
The WUWT readers know that officials of many scientific societies have gone to extremes to endear themselves to the Obama administration’s climate alarmism. Officials of medical societies have done no better. But It’s one thing to sign foolish statements, and quite another one to advise doctors to harm patients.
I call upon the readers to react to the actions of MedSocCon and its backers, and possibly to bring matter to the attention of their state attorneys general. I will certainly not confine my reaction to writing articles. Updates will be posted on my Defy Climate Change Cult / Alarmism website.