Never Have US Health Professionals Been So Foolish


By Steve Goreham

Originally published in NewsBlaze.

Last month, 74 US medical and public health groups released a “U.S. Call to Action,” declaring climate change a “true public health emergency” that can be solved by “urgent action.” The statement calls for a transition away from hydrocarbon energy and a move to a low-carbon economy. But actual weather and health trends don’t support either the alarm or the demanded actions.

The statement was endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, and the American College of Physicians. These and other organizations pronounced climate change the “greatest public health challenge of the 21st century.”

The statement proclaims that “extreme heat, powerful storms and floods, year-round wildfires, droughts, and other climate-related events” are caused by “fossil fuel combustion,” which is said to be the “primary driver of climate-change.” They go on to say that we can solve these problems by transitioning away from hydrocarbon fuels, coal, oil, and natural gas, and toward renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Last week, the majority of the continental US was caught in a heat wave. About 85 percent of the population experienced daily high temperatures of over 90 degrees Fahrenheit and more than half saw temperatures of over 95oF. But these temperatures were far below state record high temperatures of past decades.

History shows that the warmest US decade on record was the 1930s, long before industry emitted significant amounts of carbon dioxide. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 23 of the 50 state record high temperatures were recorded during the 1930s. Thirty-six of the 50 state record highs occurred prior to 1960.


Last week, temperatures in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania peaked at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. But these temperatures were far below the state record highs, which were Iowa (118oF in 1934), Illinois (117oF in 1954), Indiana (116oF in 1936), Ohio (113oF in 1934), and Pennsylvania (111oF in 1936).

This year has also been a year of floods in the Mississippi River valley. Unfortunately, our medical professionals now parrot the idea that floods and droughts are more extreme than in past years. But NOAA has very good records over the last century for the portion of the continental US that is either very wet or very dry, using a metric called the Palmer Drought Index. The index shows no significant trend of increasing drought or flood over recent decades.


“Powerful storms” are listed by the health statement as one of the results of human-caused global warming. Hurricane Barry dropped up to 15 inches of rain on parts of Louisiana earlier this month. The storm was said to be stronger from human emissions.

But there is no evidence that storms are getting either stronger or more frequent. Nine of the 13 strongest hurricanes to make US landfall in the historical record came ashore prior to 1965. Both the number of hurricanes and the number of strong hurricanes making US landfall has been flat to declining since 1900. NOAA data also shows that the number of strong tornados has been declining since the 1970s.


Last year’s forest fire disasters in California were blamed on human-caused global warming. Health professionals now appear to believe that wildfires are “year-round” and caused by emissions from our industry and vehicles.

But recent Congressional testimony by Dr. Judith Curry disputes this conclusion. Dr. Curry provided evidence that the US area burned by fires prior 1930 was at least as large as today. She also cited a study that showed that the percent of US sites reporting fires was much larger prior to 1900, before fire-suppression techniques were used.

In fact, rather than being a health crisis, much evidence shows that moderately warmer temperatures are good for people. The US influenza season is approximately November through March every year, during the cold months. The influenza season in the Southern Hemisphere is during the southern winter months. More people get sick during periods of cold temperature than during hot temperatures.

Many peer-reviewed studies show that more people die during winter months than summer months. The late Dr. William Keating studied temperature-related deaths for people aged 65 to 74 in six European countries. He found that deaths related to cold temperatures were nine times greater than those related to hot temperatures. Evidence shows that if Earth warms, temperature-related deaths will likely to decrease overall.

The climate alarm from health professionals defies common sense. According to data from NOAA, NASA, and the Climate Research Unit in East Anglia University in the UK, average global surface temperatures have warmed only one degree Celsius in 135 years, since 1880.

Average temperatures in Norfolk, Virginia are 5.8oC warmer than in Chicago, Illinois. Average temperatures in Miami, Florida are more than 15oC warmer than Chicago. Is everyone dying from the heat in Norfolk and Miami?

And why do most US senior citizens retire to Florida, Texas, and Arizona, rather than North Dakota, Maine, and Alaska? Don’t they know our medical professionals say that warm climates are dangerous?

The belief that changing light bulbs, driving electric cars, and erecting wind turbines can improve human health is as medieval as the belief that bloodletting can cure disease.

Steve Goreham is a speaker on the environment, business, and public policy and author of the book Outside the Green Box: Rethinking Sustainable Development.

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July 24, 2019 6:13 am

74 US medical and public health groups released a “U.S. Call to Action,”
The statement calls for a transition away from hydrocarbon energy and a move to a low-carbon economy.

Seems like they chose THE WRONG MAJOR when they decided on premed


BUT given where “science” is headed anyway (political correctness, strict adherence to the limiting orthodoxy of QM) they would stand a better chance of influencing a ‘revolutionary’ change in the world’s energy supply by just staying home and doing nothing.

Discoveries occur because of individual effort, sometimes that individual effort involves that individual determining the direction of a staff of trained specialists, BUT, it still took the vision of that one man or woman.

Reply to  _Jim
July 24, 2019 7:20 am

Not sure it rates in the league of stupid claims by public health groups … the 2015 processed meat and bacon causes cancer report takes some beating in recent history.

Look at that claim again

a Working Group of 22 experts from 10countries

It’s like a scene from the old Goodies TV show … 9 out of 10 doctors

The trick is finding the right 22 experts 🙂

Bryan A
Reply to  LdB
July 24, 2019 10:18 am

About the only way Hydrocarbon Energy has been responsible for Wildfires is when it was used by a Firebug as an Accellerant

Reply to  LdB
July 24, 2019 11:30 pm

MDs are not good at statistics, it’s not in the training, yet they have a very high opinion of their abilities to discern facts………

Reply to  _Jim
July 24, 2019 7:29 am

Anyone who graduates from college is required to espouse the green kool-aid party line.
Anyone who expects membership in the upper middle class is required to parrot progressivism.
Anyone who thinks facts matter any more hasn’t been paying attention.
Anyone who follows the dietary recommendations of these same groups is going to wind up needing a lot of their pills. They are CREATING the very diseases they claim to exist to cure. Trust them at your peril; be in charge of your OWN health and fact-check everything they say. They aren’t what they seem to be, mired in past dogma similarly born of rotten, fictional “science.” Beware!

Joel Snider
Reply to  Goldrider
July 24, 2019 9:35 am

Academia has become a very poisonous environment. In fact, I’d say it has become a risk to public health worldwide.

Doc Chuck
Reply to  Joel Snider
July 24, 2019 6:06 pm

You must understand that my colleagues are early self-identified relative social bleeding hearts with a recognizable effectiveness in intensive academic exercises. And the exponentially growing medical knowledge and specialized applied practice base requirements narrow their wider perspective of other fields, leaving them vulnerable to a misplaced confidence in the media-promoted experts and memes there.

I must say that I cringe at medical conferences when I hear some idle social comment about what ‘everybody knows’ that discloses their confinement to that same echo chamber that commands so many minds when they don’t know when to do their necessary extra-curricular homework in pursuit of the elusive truth. Anyway in all duly returned mercy, do show them some love.

Reply to  Doc Chuck
July 24, 2019 11:37 pm

Always challenge the nonsense. I’d rather be feared than ignored.

Reply to  _Jim
July 24, 2019 9:27 am

They are engaging in Operation CYA – Cover Your Assets. Self-preservation is a strange thing.

July 24, 2019 6:33 am

What is the factual science behind the extreme weather? The mass rain, snow, or in most cases the lack of rain and hot temps? Also, why has the USA just signed in the USE IT act, Which will concentrate the advancement of carbon capture machines to clean the air of CO2.. Also tyson foods which turns over billions every year has teamed up with memphis meats, which grow meat in labs, they can produce the same amount of meat in two or less weeks then it takes a cow 18 months to grow…. If it is just weather, what is causing it? The sun, solar cycle, weak magnetic field,etc etc??

Geo Rubik
Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 7:29 am

“Also tyson foods which turns over billions every year has teamed up with memphis meats, which grow meat in labs, they can produce the same amount of meat in two or less weeks then it takes a cow 18 months to grow”

The people that tout the wonderful benefits of “lab meat” also protest GMO grains and veggies.

Reply to  Geo Rubik
July 24, 2019 8:34 am

Somewhere deep in their brain it all seems to make sense to them, but to no one else.

Reply to  Geo Rubik
July 25, 2019 3:00 am

actually the gm modded yeast/soy used in those crapburgers HAS gained a lot of bad press with the vego crowds:-)
amuses me greatly.
ive noticed the 2 packs of mystery muck burgers our local stupormarket had for sale got frozen when no one bought em fresh
I wouldnt even buy at 1$ to throw to my chooks.

Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 7:51 am

Sunny, weather has always been weather.
A product of numerous poorly-understood influences including the ones you mentioned.
An easier puzzle to solve might be – “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin”

Berndt Koch
Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 9:14 am

what extreme weather? Seems pretty normal to me.. Did you read the article? the data shows that the weather is not extreme, it’s doing what it’s always done

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 10:15 am

The truth is, and you can research this yourself if you wish, that we don’t have more extreme weather now than in decades past, nor are the extremes “more extreme”. The decade of the 1930’s had much hotter weather than any decade since. We’ve had yearss with worse hurricanes than any recently – just look up the 1900 Galveston hurricane.

The USE IT Act is just a Senate bill, it has not been passed by the House of Representatives, and even if it eventually is, it will probably not be signed by this President. There probably aren’t enough votes to override a veto, so don’t expect this Green Pork project to become law anytime soon. For most of the Senators that voted for this thing, it was just for the purpose of virtue signaling (look how green I am).

As far as Tyson Foods is concerned, I’m guessing they are thinking they can make bigger profits if they can grow meat in a lab. A large part of their operating costs is running the bird firms. If they can also get some useful virtue signaling out the project by green washing it, then they will do that too. But you can be sure that their primary motivation is their bottom line, not their “carbon footprint”.

BTW, have you ever wondered why we are called “carbon-based lifeforms”? Maybe it’s because our life sustaining chemistry is based on the reactions of various carbon molecules? How do we know what the optimal amount of CO2 in the air is? What if 500 or 1000 ppm is more favorable to life? Things to ponder.

Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 11:41 am


When you wrote

“… to clean the air of CO2..”

was that sarcasm? Trees, phytoplankton and other plant members of the carbon cycle might object if the air were cleaned of all CO2.

Reply to  curly
July 25, 2019 2:05 pm

All I keep on reading and hearing is the need to clean co2 from the air, and that its the Co2 rise which is causing the weather to change..

Reply to  Sunny
July 25, 2019 4:51 pm

Whoa boy. We’ve got a naive one here folks.

Another Paul
Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 12:05 pm

” If it is just weather, what is causing it?” The same thing that’s been causing weather since forever.
Carbon capture? What’s the energy source.

Reply to  Another Paul
July 25, 2019 2:04 pm

carbon engineering ltd will be using renewable energy… The will be making a ultra low carbon fuel which will work in diesel and petrol cars along side planes and jets… They are in the finals of a canadian company to supply het fuel.

Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 12:09 pm

Did you miss the point that, according to NOAA’s and others’ records, there has been no increase in “extreme” weather, drought, flood, hurricanes, over the past century or so? That the globe has warmed, on average, all of one degree Celsius in the past century?

You have been worked up into a panicked frenzy on the basis of less temperature difference than exists between downtown urban areas and nearby suburbs.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 12:43 pm

“Also tyson foods which turns over billions every year has teamed up with memphis meats, which grow meat in labs, they can produce the same amount of meat in two or less weeks then it takes a cow 18 months to grow”
What exactly are you saying here, Sunny?
That Tyson can grow more meat in two weeks in a warehouse full of labs than one cow can in 18 months, or that all the cows can in 18 months?
Because I am calling BS if you think the second one is true.
And as for that lab grown meat…go ahead and stuff your face. You can have 100% of my share, in perpetuity.
Excuse me I need to throw a few New York strips on the grill…

Reply to  Sunny
July 24, 2019 4:35 pm

Is this comment a joke? Or perhaps an attempt at sarcasm?

Reply to  Sunny
July 25, 2019 2:57 am

yeah been watching the tyson tales;-)
its ALL about profit and worrying they might lose a few bucks if idiots follow the panicmerchants n ease off on meat. theyve follwed lousy advice from charlatans and will pay the price. of course theyd sell FAR more meat if they stopped the gmo feed in cafo setups and let people know they also stopped using ractopamine and other growth hormones than makes usa meat unacceptable to the rest of the world for import ditto the BgH cows milk.
chicken dunked in chlorine bleach due to ecoli salmonella risks also isnt appealing, which is why Aus and EU and UK dont import any.

mark from the midwest
July 24, 2019 7:00 am

As time goes on I’m more and more shocked by the absolute ignorance of many of the health professionals. They tend to be unaware of many of the real environmental problems that people face. I’m involved in a volunteer EMT group in a largely rural community. We have 23 certified walk-ons, and due to distance that the professionals need to travel we often get calls to assist. In one case we had a women who had multiple incidents of respiratory distress. Doctors treated her, prescribed all kinds of remedies, but the episodes continued. One of my co-volunteers decided to check out her house, and after 3 of us spent a Saturday morning cleaning her heat ducts and installing a high efficiency filter she remains symptom free … nuf said

July 24, 2019 7:20 am

It’s a religion, and it’s based on falsehoods and lies. Its promoters realized how well the priest class can live, and what power they can wield, merely by copying older religions. Instead of human sacrifices to appease the gods, you just give up your money and your freedoms.

July 24, 2019 7:24 am

Group Think at its highest form. Most MD’s do not believe in AGW or HICC or whatever term is used to describe the failed hypothesis. Calling it an emergency furthers the divide to have any conversation about conservation and reducing actual pollution.

I will be notifying any professional membership organizations about my resignation if they publicly declare that their membership supports this political agenda.

Reply to  davetherealist
July 24, 2019 9:12 am

“Most MD’s do not believe in AGW or HICC or whatever”

Very true. The leadership of most such groups has been taken over by leftists. They infiltrate and promote each other.

Reply to  Ralph Dave Westfall
July 24, 2019 10:12 am

But things are different now. Whether it be chemistry, physics, geology or engineering, many of the world’s primary professional societies have changed from being paragons of technical virtue to opportunistic groups focused on maximizing their members’ financial gains in support of the climate scare, the world’s greatest science fraud. In particular, they continue to promote the groundless hypothesis that carbon dioxide emitted as a result of mankind’s use of fossil fuels is leading to environmental catastrophe. You have been hearing about it for the past decade and more, with 21 candidates for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in the next election promoting some form of a Green New Deal—a plan to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and replace them with wind and solar power thereby returning society to the lifestyle of the 1880s.
Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace, wrote in 1994 that radical greens had taken over the organization after the fall of the Berlin Wall, leaving him no choice but to resign. The takeover of environmental institutions by extremists is now almost complete, the most important of which may be the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). President Donald Trump is aggressively trying to win back the EPA in the best interests of the nation, but it is an uphill battle as the climate cult has also taken control of academia, political parties, and governments themselves.

Another reader commented:
“The long march through the Institutions” as proposed by the Frankfurt school back in the 1930s was launched knowing it would be a generations long policy. Here we are three generations on and they have now taken control of all the western institutions as planned. The socialists do not stop just because their prime construct, the USSR failed in 1990. They regard that failure as simply work in progress. The climate as a tool which can never be tamed, was a genuine piece of strategic genius by the COGS (constantly offended green socialists). They will not stop. The destruction of humanity is too big a prize, they view this activity as pressing the Earth’s reset button.

July 24, 2019 11:56 am

Allan touches the same topic I was thinking about, and describes the problems very well.

“Last month, 74 US medical and public health groups released a “U.S. Call to Action,” declaring climate change a “true public health emergency” that can be solved by “urgent action.”

As Allan depicts above, leftists are following a plan to take over public institutions for their their absolute control over what people say, do, eat, live, etc. etc.

Their announcement of 74 US Medical and whatever public health groups promoting global warming alarmism is just an announcement of how many institutions in which they’ve taken control.

Keep in mind that the medical fields has at least as large a problem with false research as the climate field.
e.g. 1) The ever changing American diet pyramid that is based on dodgy science, manufacturers pushing product and long falsified research.

Yet, these same medical groups feel free to weigh in on science fields they have zero experience or knowledge about.

Thanks Allan for detailing the facts behind these alleged professional organizations and leftist administrators singing socialist praise.

Reply to  ATheoK
July 25, 2019 3:08 am

same dudes accept what a drug salesperson hands them and then passes it to patients without spending the time to LOOK at the actual trials and adverse event data.
I take nothing I dont go read up on first, after a few less than pleasant problems.
having a doc tell me i am noncompliant when i nearly went blind on one med that had LARGE warnings about that as a serious hazard and stop immediately…
I trust no one and nothing..until I do some homework on it
skeptic to the max with good reason to be so.
if my gp was in this mob Id be telling em why im refusing their services forthwith

Michael Keal
July 26, 2019 2:53 pm

Alan, I believe that when people talk of the ‘green’ religion they are probably more right (or perhaps I should say ‘correct’) than they realise.

The key aspects of the green religion are shame and redemption.

People in general seem to like nature and find unspoilt natural scenes beautiful and some even pay to spend holidays in places like the Kruger National Park. Conversely, while they may appreciate, even enjoy, the benefits of the concrete jungle it does not have the same appeal. While most will accept that city life is what makes possible their safe, comfortable, civilised existence, many, especially those who are empathetic (kind and nice) may come to feel ashamed and guilty that their existence is at the expense of wild nature. These would be the very people one would normally find in a Christian church or perhaps I should say ‘would have found in a Christian church 50 years ago’.

Regardless of one’s beliefs I think it’s generally acknowledged that in Western societies, due to their Judeo-Christian culture, most people are self-regulating, know right from wrong and tend to obey the law.

The green religion’s campaigns, saving the whales, opposing nuclear power, saving the planet from ozone depletion, carbon dioxide, plastic pollution etc. have used shame to recruit and redemption to galvanise their newly ‘righteous’ recruits and imbue them with anger so they will zealously (and often illegally) pursue their given goals, sometimes with fanatic zeal. They all seem to have one thing in common.

These zealots’ goals are so imperative (we’re all going to die in 10 years), and so worthy (stopping the evil ones from destroying the planet) that they have a moral duty to proceed by any means necessary.

The green religion’s real aims, weaken and if possible, destroy Western economies by getting them to adopt ruinous energy policies and attracting religious people away from churches to cause moral decay have to a large extent, already been met.

Although fighting evil with logic has helped, the institutionalised corruption at its core has to be pursued in the courts.

Fraud is a legal problem, not a scientific problem

Reply to  Ralph Dave Westfall
July 27, 2019 9:53 am

I Canada we have CAPE, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. They are climate change alarmists.

July 24, 2019 7:25 am

I think they’re treading on shaky ground. Any professional has a scope of practice. For example, an electrical engineer isn’t allowed to design acquaducts.

When a doctor offers an opinion, as a doctor, about something outside her scope of practice, she is in danger of acting unethically or illegally. She can say anything she wants as a private citizen. The problem comes about when she invokes her status as a doctor.

michael hart
July 24, 2019 7:34 am

“What is the factual science behind the extreme weather?”

The same science that is behind non-extreme weather. There is NO unusual explanation needed. Extreme weather is a normal part of the weather spectrum.

Though many people might not realize it from reading the general media, there is still little or no evidence that extreme weather is generally increasing, or that any observed changes are beyond the bounds of natural variation experienced by humans since we came down from the trees.

What’s more, many aspects of extreme weather are predicted to become less frequent, not more frequent, in a warming world. That’s another thing that is rarely mentioned by those who ought to know.

July 24, 2019 7:34 am

The weather is not “extreme,” Sunny. That’s a fictional NARRATIVE being hammered home by agreement of the popular MSM. Storms and heat waves have always been with us, as the article above shows. What has changed is the reporting. When I was a kid in the 1960’s, weather was reported matter-of-factly, without being played for drama and with no underlying context of “We’ve angered Gaia.” As kids, we thought nothing at all of strenuous play in either 99 degrees F or 10 below zero; dressing appropriately, taking breaks, etc. was common sense, aka stuff our parents taught us. Of course, that’s before most parents were strung out on drugs, media manufactured hysteria, and genetically attached exo-brain cellphones!

July 24, 2019 7:35 am

Climate clowns seem the most sensitive to sunstrokes …

The Stupid, it burns.

July 24, 2019 7:39 am

At least we are getting a good record of unprofessional conduct of the compromised “professional” groups.

TG McCoy
July 24, 2019 7:40 am

Low Carbon economy -saving on health care through shorter life spans…

Mark S Jordon
July 24, 2019 7:51 am

Now it is 72 degrees F in Tennessee, the high is forecast to be 82. All week the weather is forecast to be cooler the usual . is the media going to report this good weather as climate change? No, only bad weather can be climate change

July 24, 2019 7:58 am

CBC will never miss an opportunity to demonstrate its strict adherence to the climate alarmist mouthpiece club.

As It Happens
Scientist lays out ‘ridiculous’ plan to pump artificial snow over melting Antarctic
‘It’s a ridiculous plan,’ says Anders Levermann. ‘It is also ridiculous to lose New York’
CBC Radio · Posted: Jul 23, 2019 12:47 PM ET | Last Updated: July 23
It’s a last-ditch effort to save the Earth: pump trillions of tonnes of man-made snow onto the melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

And yes PIK is involved…

There is evidence that a self-sustaining ice discharge from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) has started, potentially leading to its disintegration. The associated sea level rise of more than 3m would pose a serious challenge to highly populated areas including metropolises such as Calcutta, Shanghai, New York City, and Tokyo. Here, we show that the WAIS may be stabilized through mass deposition in coastal regions around Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers. In our numerical simulations, a minimum of 7400 Gt of additional snowfall stabilizes the flow if applied over a short period of 10 years onto the region (−2 mm year−1 sea level equivalent). Mass deposition at a lower rate increases the intervention time and the required total amount of snow. We find that the precise conditions of such an operation are crucial, and potential benefits need to be weighed against environmental hazards, future risks, and enormous technical challenges.

Another way of carrying coal to Newcastle…

Michael Jankowski
Reply to  TomRude
July 24, 2019 10:01 am

Reminds me of William Shatner et al’s water pipeline from Washington state to solve the CA drought/water shortage.

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
July 24, 2019 11:37 am

CBC Mortillaro plays along:

Earth’s natural cycles can’t account for the recent warming seen over the past 100 years, new research suggests.
In one of three new studies published in the journals Nature and Nature Geoscience, researchers found that previous periods of climate change such as the Little Ice Age and the Medieval Warming Period were regional and not a global phenomenon.
In contrast, the warming that has occurred over the past century has been far-reaching and global in nature.

She quotes one author for the first paper

“In this paper, what we do is look at climate over the past 2,000 years — and traditionally the understanding of climate over this period is that there were globally coherent periods of climate variability,” said Nathan Steiger, co-author of the paper and an associate researcher at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. “But what we show is that these periods are not globally coherent, as previously thought.”

and another for the second paper…

“We find that at pre-industrial times … major volcanic eruptions were the major drivers of temperature fluctuations,” said co-author Raphael Neukom, a scientist at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern.

… except that Neukom is co author in both studies, linked to Pages2k which proxies Steve McIntyre debunked at climateaudit last October and in February 2019…
CBC always check the details before believing anything they write…

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Michael Jankowski
July 24, 2019 1:58 pm

What Will Shatner might have contributed to this is hard to know.

Reply to  TomRude
July 24, 2019 12:04 pm

…potential benefits need to be weighed against environmental hazards, future risks, and enormous technical challenges…”

Nowhere does he mention cost. Why is that?

July 24, 2019 7:59 am

Real health care professionals are never asked.

These answers come from staffers at large professional organizations in blue cities, whose work consists of collecting dues and promoting their personal political agendas.

Hal Dall MD
Reply to  sagi
July 24, 2019 8:47 am

Absolutely. The AMA (in Chicago)represents about 18% (and dropping) of US doctors, and is predominated by academic and government members. I left my specialty organization (AAFP) 30 years ago over its increasingly lefty politics.

Reply to  sagi
July 24, 2019 9:58 am


Reply to  sagi
July 24, 2019 10:18 am

And their overly generous salaries.

They live in very expensive cities and need that $200,000 salary just to survive, don’t you know!

Relocate, by federal law, the headquarters of all non-profit and professional organization to areas where the cost of living is below the national median.

How? By requiring these organization to publish, in EVERY solicitation for funds, the maximum and average salary of their employees and the percentage of income spent on salaries and external fundraising contracts. When the general public finds that most of these organizations spend MOST of the donations for fundraising and administration, see the Clinton Foundation, they will stop giving them money.

Years ago I gave, every year, a donation to the United Way. When it came out what the president of that organization made and the cost of the private jet he flew around in, I stopped. I now give only to a few specific charities that are run by volunteer boards and with very low employee and fundraising contractor expenses.

Thomas Homer
July 24, 2019 8:01 am

“as medieval as the belief that bloodletting can cure disease”

I was contemplating the practice of bloodletting, and knowing that it was practiced for hundreds of years but was almost entirely the exact wrong thing to do, I wondered why. Then I realized that all those people (George Washington included) believed something that was wrong and they didn’t know they were wrong. I asked myself, what if we (modern man) believe today something that is exactly wrong. I posed the question to myself, what if CO2 is not harmful to life. That was years ago, and everything I have read/studied since then has shown me that CO2 is necessary for life and the notion that CO2 is ‘pollution’ is exactly wrong.

Life consists of Carbon Based Life Forms, and all of the organic Carbon of Life is sourced from atmospheric CO2. The Carbon Cycle of Life requires CO2 to complete.

CO2 is the Life-Blood of Life.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Thomas Homer
July 24, 2019 12:52 pm

CO2 is the basis of life. This is the most simple and easily demonstrated fact in all of biology.

July 24, 2019 8:18 am

This isn’t science at all. It’s Pinkie and the Brain trying to take over the world.

Mark S Jordon
July 24, 2019 8:48 am

Ask any doctor their opinion on the so called health leadership organizations. You will almost always receive a negative response.
Nevertheless , many US physicians are liberals and gladly feed the mouth that bites them. Buying into the climate change mantra also appeals to their intellectual superiority.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  Mark S Jordon
July 24, 2019 11:55 am

RE: “Buying into the climate change mantra also appeals to their intellectual superiority.”

That’s the same “intellectual superiority” that long ago in the aviation industry created the standing joke that the most dangerous thing in the air was a doctor in a Beechcraft. They seemed to assume that the rigors of Medical School and internship plus the unquestioned acceptance of everything they said by multitudes of patients afflicted with “White Coat Submission Syndrome” really meant that they were superior in every way to ordinary mortals and could certainly do something as mundane as fly a high performance airplane better than the unwashed masses of ordinary professional pilots. The result was a veritable snow storm of bent and bloody aluminium scattered across the North American continent. Skill and knowledge in one area does not automatically imply skill, or even marginal competence in any other.

July 24, 2019 8:51 am

You will not get to the bottom of this until you grasp the fact that physical heat cannot penetrate the surface of water. For that reason GAW does not exist.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  RMB
July 24, 2019 10:24 am

What is “physical heat”? Are there other forms of “heat”? What is the relationship between heat and energy? Can you explain or are you just repeating something you’ve heard but don’t understand yourself?

R Shearer
Reply to  Paul Penrose
July 24, 2019 3:35 pm

Latent and sensible heat are important to this topic.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  R Shearer
July 25, 2019 9:18 am

That is true, but RMB has a habit of dropping by and saying that “physical heat cannot penetrate the surface of water” and never defines “physical heat”. I’ve never seen that phrase used in any science textbooks. Also, heat energy can be transferred from a gas to a solid, so I don’t think he really knows what he is talking about. Every once in a while I challenge him on it, but he never responds.

Thomas Stone
July 24, 2019 8:56 am

Actually there is a correlation between CO2 and obesity, the real 21st century health problem. More CO2 = healthier plants, = more crops = more and cheaper food = obesity.

On the outer Barcoo
July 24, 2019 9:02 am

Humans are composed of around 18% carbon and all their food is carbon-based, water being the sole exception. Without carbon dioxide there is no photosynthesis and hence no food, oxygen or indeed, life. Perhaps the solution for these naive folk is a visit to a proctologist so that their heads can be extracted and re-aligned … professionally.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  On the outer Barcoo
July 24, 2019 12:14 pm

RE: “Humans are composed of around 18% carbon”

And that’s the part the Green Blob wants to eliminate. They have never been particularly bashful about admitting that their real goal is to eliminate 90%+ of humanity as quickly as possible and return that carbon back to the ground where (they think) it belongs.

July 24, 2019 9:13 am

My doctor has a different, much lower, opinion of the AMA now that he has to live with Obamacare every hour of every day.
I remember him being upbeat before Obamacare became reality ‘because the AMA was endorsing it’.
US “health care” has become big business. The grow of bureaucrats working in “health care” dwarfs the growth of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other real health care providers.

James R Clarke
July 24, 2019 9:28 am

Well, we haven’t heard from the professional cosmetologists and hairdressers yet. Nor have plumbers or race car drivers voiced their opinions about the hugely complex science of climate change. Dare we proceed without hearing from all the completely unqualified professional organizations?

Joel Snider
July 24, 2019 9:34 am

This is what happens when ignorance and arrogance meet agenda.

July 24, 2019 9:46 am

In the news we see announcements of all sorts of new stuff from the medical literature and people think that its here and their doc will know all about it. For example, last week the Daily Mail reported the first trial of autologous stem cell transplants in multiple sclerosis. However, it will be at least 5 years before these first patients can be evaluated, and many more years for it to become a standard treatment, included in medical education, if it works.

There is a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of medical education. Many years ago I was shocked when I walked in on a mentor updating the lectures for the medical school: the new edition of the ‘bible’ had come out, and he was putting together what the story was now. He was editor of a major journal and publishing in the leading edge of the field. All this was irrelevant for medical education – it had to tell the facts as they are accepted by accepted authority. Medical students then memorise the facts for exams and practice. In ‘continuing education’ these facts are now updated. This system has advantages insofar as it would be highly undesireable for doctors to be following every track in rapidly changing research where some attractive ideas turn out to be good and others useless.

In this context, good physicians who are also good research scientists keep the growing edge of a field completely separate from their practice. Having every doc picking up the latest attractive theory would be disastrous. Some of many ideas get to clinical trials and fail miserably, others pan out. It is not surprising that a group that is trained to accept ‘accepted science’ is going to go with the 95%. Medicine is profession of followers, not innovators.

In the past this system worked pretty well. The internet is stirring the pot, because people are getting exposed to the latest research front. This does have problems, because the devil is often in the details. If you cannot access and understand how to find these out, it is better to find a specialist who does (not easy). My go to in the literature for real answers to things like blood pressure management is to use the search term ‘all cause mortality’ rather than cardiovascular mortality. And if you are going to do something different from what the doc recommends, you better have all the information available, because the doc is a more reliable source than the latest internet quack who is making big buck with an attractive simple idea that sells well.

July 24, 2019 10:07 am

The Satanic CO2 viral Meme strikes again.

These medics should be looking for an antidote or vaccine, not going belly up and succumbing to it. They are very infectious so should keep quiet.

July 24, 2019 10:21 am

Theodoric of York, medieval barber (Steve Martin) would be so proud of these medical “professionals”. LOL

Steve O
July 24, 2019 10:28 am

More people need to ask how so many such organizations became so ideologically unbalanced.

July 24, 2019 10:31 am

A health primer for our doctor friends:

By Joseph D’Aleo and Allan MacRae, September 4, 2015

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.


Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analyzing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries, published in The Lancet.


The Guardian examined Excess Winter Mortality after the 2012/13 hard winter. A total of about 50,000 Excess Winter Deaths occurred that winter in the UK.


“Data from the US National Center for Health Statistics for 2001-2008 shows that on average 7,200 Americans died each day during the months of December, January, February and March, compared to the average 6,400 who died daily during the rest of the year. In 2008, there were 108,500 ‘excess’ deaths during the 122 days in the cold months (December to March). “


Even in warmer climates such as Australia, Thailand and Brazil a similar pattern exists. Australians are up to 30% more likely to die during winters than summers, as determined in a study by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).


In 2006, there were 5,640 excess deaths during the winter months in Canada.

Steve Z
July 24, 2019 10:36 am

We hear these health warnings every July, which is the warmest and driest month of the year for most of the continental United States, and it has been that way for decades, if not centuries. But the days are much longer than the nights in July, so that people can do outdoor activities in the morning or late afternoon, and remain indoors during the hottest part of the day (normally 11 AM to 4 PM), unless there is a beach nearby.

But all those who are blasting fossil fuel usage as the cause of heat waves are usually silent when we get a cold “polar vortex” or heavy snowstorms in winter (or sometimes late autumn or early spring), when those fossil fuels are really useful for heating our homes and powering snowplows, and people in northern states are usually thankful when they get a mild winter.

July 24, 2019 11:05 am

Have to wonder whether to TRUST the judgment of these physicians enough to consult them medically.
Do they often give opinions on topics they don’t understand, such as what is ailing you?

Reply to  donb
July 25, 2019 3:19 am

to part two
yes -all to often

July 24, 2019 11:19 am

If you click to the organization that originated this press release, Climate Health Action, and then click on the “view the Signers,” you get nothing! Is it possible that this press release is entirely bogus?

It would be interesting to try and find someone who admits to signing this propaganda.

Nicholas McGinley
July 24, 2019 12:35 pm

“The statement proclaims that “extreme heat, powerful storms and floods, year-round wildfires, droughts, and other climate-related events” are caused by “fossil fuel combustion,” which is said to be the “primary driver of climate-change.” ”

A pack of lies.
Many of the things these people are saying are patently false.
Show one place where there has been a year round wildfire?
Where have wildfires occurred in the middle of Winter, ever?
And where is a single smidgen of evidence that any storm, flood, heat wave, or any weather related event, has ever been “caused” by burning fossil fuels?
There is none, because this is a gigantic load of steaming crap.
There is likewise zero evidence that any form of combustion, or the concentration of CO2 in the air, has ever been a driver of climate change…ever.

Steve Richards
July 24, 2019 12:46 pm

Do doctors still accept “First do no harm”?

Al Miller
July 24, 2019 1:41 pm

How can it be that Drs. of all professions do not understand that CO2 is the basis for all life on the planet!? How? Yet they seem to have time to sign on to the cabal’s mission.

Wiliam Haas
July 24, 2019 1:46 pm

The reality is that, based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change that we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. Currently the climate change we have been experiencing is so small that it takes networks of sophisticated sensors, decades to even detect it. Do not mix up weather cycles with true climate change. But even if we could somehow stop the Earth’s climate from changing, extreme weather events and sea level rise would continue because they are part of the current climate so what is the point? Mankind has been unable to change one extreme weather event let alone change global climate. We do not even know what the optimum global climate is let alone how to achieve it. We are better off trying to solve problems that mankind has the power to solve rather than waste time, money, and resources on problems like climate change that we do not have the power to solve.

Sky King
July 24, 2019 3:03 pm

These are the same people that told me to eliminate fat and eat complex carbohydrates – you know, fruit and whole grains.

Since eliminating the latter and indulging the former I have lost 40lbs body fat.

My advice is stay away from AMA and AHA and ACofP doctors.

July 24, 2019 4:03 pm

Sunny July 24, 2019 at 6:33 am
What is the factual science behind the extreme weather? The mass rain, snow, or in most cases the lack of rain and hot temps?

Also, why has the USA just signed in the USE IT act, Which will concentrate the advancement of carbon capture machines to clean the air of CO2..

Also tyson foods which turns over billions every year has teamed up with memphis meats, which grow meat in labs, they can produce the same amount of meat in two or less weeks then it takes a cow 18 months to grow….

If it is just weather, what is causing it? The sun, solar cycle, weak magnetic field,etc etc??

Watching The Weather Channel again eh Sunny?

That’s yer problem, Buckwheat …

Reply to  _Jim
July 26, 2019 1:07 am

Many people like me have had the climate change story thrown in to our lifes, its every where. For example london was very very hot yesterday, trains were cancelled, and people suffered, yet its raining hard now.. All people want to know is what is causing the heat, from america, to india to europe, is it solar flairs? The earths current weak magnetic field? The jet streams? Has it got something to do with magnetic north being so off? All we need is straight forward factual answers.. And not simply “its the weather”.. The worlds governments don’t really care, as fossil fuel companies received 20+ billion alone from the uk, the usa is drilling for gas and more then ever before.

Reply to  Sunny
July 26, 2019 3:52 am

First requisite in all this is, have a mind, literally, have the ability to ‘host’, to have, to enjoy, to employ rational thought; I don’t think you’re anywhere near meeting that requisite … so it is as profitable ‘engaging’ you as it is (as the saying goes) ‘teaching physics to a dog’.

July 24, 2019 4:26 pm

AMA has been pushing gun control as a “public health issue” for a few years.

O’Sullivan’s Law applies.

Tom Abbott
July 24, 2019 5:11 pm

The Medical Associations should be investigating what causes radical leftists to lose touch with reality so easily. Maybe they can find a cure for TDS.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
July 25, 2019 6:39 am

For TDS you need shrinks – and that would be the domain of the APA (the American Psychiatric Association) not so much the AMA …

The American Psychiatric Association is the main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world. Its some 37,800 members …”

Zurab Abayev
July 24, 2019 6:18 pm

your title is wrong
examples of doctors being so foolish include
— applauding president Obama and his statement about keeping your health plan and your doctor
—- support for eugenics in 20th century
—- support of government medicine
and many more….

July 24, 2019 6:50 pm

Ah, not to worry. These are the very same folks that have told us how to cure heart disease by stamping out cholesterol, how to become thin and healthy by not eating meat and fats, how to end high blood pressure by eliminating salt, how to … Well, you should discern the credibility the public has amid the obesity epidemic, the continuing number one killer of heart disease, the opioid crisis, the Alzheimer’s crisis, etc.

Most people now understand that what those listed tell you to do, you should do the opposite–that is if you want to live.

July 24, 2019 8:07 pm

…and energy efficiency.

I think we will be hearing more of this as the immigration explosion and the compulsory use of EVs continue while the legacy energy utilities and grid remain locked in at their current production capacities.

July 24, 2019 8:17 pm

74 US medical and public health groups…calls for a transition away from hydrocarbon energy and a move to a low-carbon economy.

Its amazing that those who allegedly had to pass biochemistry courses to obtain a degree in medicine or health fail to understand that plants thrive on CO2.

July 24, 2019 10:48 pm

Well here’s the grab bag remedy for Australia’s PM who declared the nation has to do something about the suicide rate-

‘To reach his “zero suicide” goal, Morrison is going to have to implement reforms that run counter to the fundamentals of his politics. He won’t just have to repeal robo-debt, he’ll have to refund it. He’ll have to raise Newstart and beg forgiveness. He’ll have to overhaul our healthcare system, and all but get rid of private health to make access to therapy, psychiatry, and medication affordable. He’ll have to act on the existential horror that is climate change. He’ll have to resettle our refugees. He’ll have to end the housing crisis. He’ll have to achieve justice for Indigenous Australians. He’ll have to reshape the culture that has shaped Australia’s identity for the past 200 years. And then some.’

Might be nice if first up they stopped grooming the kiddies from knee high to a grasshopper that they’re all doomed with the climate change bogeyman.

July 25, 2019 12:57 am

Years ago, working in Australia, my professional medical college sent out a survey, looking to generate interest in a global warming activist campaign to be run by the college. We sent our submissions in, and the medical college backed down. Members didn’t support, some argued science (thankyou WUTU), others argued economic impact on our communities. Haven’t heard any more since.

US professional medical organisations risk alienating membership if they are anything like Australian ones. We are taught to question, read original papers and do systematic reviews.

Reply to  peter
July 25, 2019 2:59 am

Forget all that calm rational measured approach peter as now the fearsome fungus is coming to get us all-—and-its-spreading/ar-AAEOR1P
With this constant barrage of doom from their supposed grown-ups you can’t really blame the kiddies for jumping off tall buildings with the poley bears and exploding in the classrooms.

July 25, 2019 4:44 pm

If my doc ever speaks of globalwarmingclimatechangecatastrophewehave18moleft, I will tell him to stop right there and I will walk out of the room and look for another.

Johann Wundersamer
July 30, 2019 12:45 am
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