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Greenhouse Gases Help Us Live Longer! by The Elephant's Child

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) among their many pronouncements has claimed that increases in temperatures would cause increases in deaths from heat waves, and thus that public health needs are a powerful argument for reducing the use of fossil fuels.

Amid all the clamor and arguments about the threat of global climate disruption there are several scientific voices with surprisingly contrary ideas, as reported by H. Maccabee, PhD, MD, in an October 5, 2010 paper from The Science and Public Policy Institute.

The evidence is now coming together that there are substantial health benefits from carbon dioxide, and these benefits are great enough to seriously reconsider the campaign to cut carbon emissions.

In the United States, the EPA (Environmental Protection Administration) has a mandate to regulate any “pollutant” that harms health under the Clean Air Act.  The EPA, never an agency to bypass any chance to impose regulations on everyone, proposes to regulate CO2.  Since “cap-and-trade” legislation failed in the  U.S. Senate, climate alarmists and rent seekers are hoping for EPA to accomplish through regulation what they cannot get Congress to pass.

For the past 15 years, evidence from the U.S., Europe and around the world is consistent with a decreased death rate of about 2% for every Centigrade of warming.  This effect dwarfs the minor temporary effect of heat waves.  The rate of cold mortality from the winter months is six to nine times greater than heat waves.

The benefit of warming is ascribed to decreased viscosity of the blood, decreases in blood pressure, and cardiac workload.  There is, as well, decreased inflammation, red cell counts, plasma cholesterol and fibrinogen, all of which reduce the chance of myocardial infarction due to coronary artery blockage, as well as the chance of strokes due to blockage of brain vessels, and pneumonia, with better circulation to the longs.

Two °C of warming would be expected to postpone more than 100,000 deaths per year in the U.S.  For comparison, this is the total of deaths annually from breast cancer, prostate cancer and auto accidents combined.  The benefit for increases life expectancy would be proportionately greater, because premature heart attacks and strokes often take people in their fifties and sixties who would otherwise have had many more years of life.

The extent of these benefits are a major reason to reconsider any attempt to decrease carbon dioxide emissions.  The EPA has trumpeted their mandate to improve human health.  The can start by ceasing to attempt to regulate greenhouse gases.

ADDENDUM: Britain’s Express reports that five million homes struggle to pay their fuel bills, and the number of people likely to die in freezing temperatures will rise sharply.  The high cost of energy bills, poorly insulated homes and low incomes is creating a dire situation.  Gas and electricity prices have soared more than 80% in the last five years.  Just last week British Gas announced a seven percent hike despite profits announced by Centrica.  Fuel poverty is defined as a household needing to spend more than 10 percent of its income on keeping warm



The Houston Zoo Introduces Baby Baylor to a Baby Pool! by The Elephant's Child

You have probably noticed that we are partial to elephants.  And Baby Baylor is far too cute to resist.  Here the Houston Zoo is introducing him to water for the first time, a first step before he can be introduced eventually to the elephant pool.  I think he likes it!



The Best Explanation of the Current Financial Crisis: by The Elephant's Child

Power Line Blog has made arrangements with the Hoover Institution to post Uncommon Knowledge videos on their page. The current guest is Dr. Gary Becker,  one of the most prominent and lucid economists in the country.  Nobel Prize recipient, many books, and many years of teaching at Columbia and the University of Chicago.  He Blogs with Richard Posner at the Becker-Posner Blog.

He is exceptionally clear and easy to follow; and  distinguishes between that which he is sure of and what he only guesses at.  It is the most complete explanation of the financial crisis and our present situation I have found, and you will find it rewarding.  I recommend the video unreservedly.




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