Joe Biden's Global Warming Emotion Is Not Supported By Facts
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Joe Biden's Global Warming Emotion Is Not Supported By Facts
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President Biden has compared his political opponents to Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels, accusing them of telling the “big lie.” 

But when it comes to global warming, Biden is telling the big lie.

Biden calls climate change “an existential threat.” He presumably means an existential threat to human beings. Yet the data show the opposite – that the warming of the planet saves lives.

study by 22 scientists from around the world published in 2015 by the British medical journal The Lancet found that cold kills over 17 times more people than heat. The scientists examined over 74 million deaths in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States in 1985-2012. They found that cold caused 7.29 percent of these deaths, while heat caused only 0.42 percent.

The study found that small temperature changes are particularly significant: “moderately hot and cold temperatures” caused 88.85 percent of the temperature-related deaths, while “extreme” temperatures caused only 11.15 percent.

In the same vein, in 2017 some of the world’s most eminent scientists – such as Richard Lindzen of MIT, William Happer, the late Freeman Dyson of Princeton, the late Fred Singer of the University of Virginia, and Judith Curry of Georgia Tech – wrote that “[o]bservations [over the last] 25 years … show that warming from increased atmospheric CO2 will be benign.”

Carbon dioxide, they note, “is not a pollutant but a major benefit to agriculture and other life on Earth.” The dry ice used to keep the coronavirus vaccines cool, indeed, is solid frozen CO2.

Biden also has baldly asserted that because of global warming, natural disasters “will continue to become more common, more devastating and more deadly.” The data again point the opposite direction – as the earth’s temperature has risen, natural disasters have become far lessdeadly.

Since 1920, the planet’s temperature has risen by 1.29 degrees. During the same period, world population has quadrupled from less than two billion to over seven and half billion. Yet the data compiled by EM-DAT (The International Disaster Database) show that since 1920, the number of people killed by natural disasters has declined by over 80 percent, from almost 55,000 per year to less than 10,000 per year.

Consistent with this data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated last year that “it is premature to conclude with high confidence that increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities have had a detectable impact on Atlantic basin hurricane activity” and that “changes in tropical cyclone activity … are not yet detectable.”

And what about the supposed authority on climate change, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? The Wall Street Journal has reported that the IPPC “says that it too lacks evidence to show that warming is making storms and flooding worse.”

The facts, however, do not matter to Biden. He has been making unfounded statements about global warming for decades. On the campaign trail in 2019, ignoring the last three decades of beneficial global warming, he bragged that he had sought to enact climate change legislation in the 1980s. “I said, we have an existential threat, we are in a situation where, if we don’t act quickly, we’re going to basically lose almost everything we have.”

Biden also chooses to ignore the fact that even the most severe restrictions on carbon dioxide omissions will have almost zero impact on the earth’s temperature. Climatologist Patrick J. Michaels calculated that if the United States eliminated all carbon emissions – which would not only require Americans to give up fossil fuels, but also to stop breathing (to cease exhaling carbon dioxide) – it would only reduce global warming by a negligible 0.052° C by 2050.

There is, however, one carbon dioxide emission limitation measure that would benefit humanity – convincing Biden to stop telling whoppers about global warming.

David M. Simon is a lawyer in Chicago. For more, please see

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