Heartless assholes

May 15, 2009

We’re all going to die! I have proof.

Global Warming May Exceed Infections as Health Threat, from Bloomberg.

“We can’t wait for climate change to bite because we won’t be able to put the genie back into the bottle,” Hugh Montgomery, director of the Institute for Human Health and Performance at University College London, said in an interview. “Once catastrophe strikes, it’s too late. We need to create a literate population that is aware of the situation because until we do, there is no hope.”

Yeah. I’d like a literate population too. One that actually understands what “cap and trade” and cost/benefit means. I too have little hope.

Warmer temperatures exacerbate existing health problems, the researchers said. Climate change expands the area that diseases such as malaria can spread, they said, using a map of Zimbabwe to illustrate the range over which the mosquitoes that spread the illness can live now and in a climate-warmed future.

Sorry, Global Warming is the least of Zimbabwe’s problems. I’ll bet you money (but not in Zimbabwe money) that corrupt, ruthless dictators kill more people than global warming ever will.

The world’s population lost 5.5 million years [years? I think he means people] due to premature death and quality of life reduced by disability in 2000, the most recent year the calculation was made, as a result of climate change, the researchers wrote. That’s due to deaths caused by heart disease, diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition and injury from coastal flooding and landslides. Further temperature rises are inflating that number, they said.

5.5 million people died because of a 1 degree increase in temperature over a century? That’s just retarded.

Business Week chimes in: Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say

What to do? As usual all is hopeless:

“There are no institutions at the global level who can really deal effectively with devising complex solutions to these complex problems,” added Lancet editor Dr. Richard Horton.

But yet:

The authors propose adopting policies to reduce carbon emissions and increase carbon biosequestration and to equalize the world’s health systems, among other recommendations.

“equalize the world’s health systems”? Hell no. Equalizing anything means making it worse. Do we really want the average health system in the world?

“We have a moral dilemma: How do we protect the health of the poorest people in the world and allow them to develop,” Maslin said.

No moral dilemma here, asshole. Energy=prosperity. Prosperity reduces poverty. Reduced poverty improves health and the enviroment.

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7 Responses to “Heartless assholes”

  1. superdave524 Says:

    Rising standards of living in other parts of the world help create markets for the good old US of A, but increased energy consumption in other parts of the world is almost certainly not good for us. Independant of the effect on the global environment, increased demand for fossil fuels can’t be good for our costs. Farming in Brazil might mean better fed Brazilians, but clearing the rain forests isn’t good for either their or our environments. China’s economic development has meant cheaper consumer goods for us, at the cost of exported jobs and increased global consumption of energy and increased carbon emissions. This shit’s really tricky, and there aren’t any easy answers.

  2. superdave524 Says:

    (but I s’pose it is good to talk about it).

  3. John in IL Says:

    increased energy consumption in other parts of the world is almost certainly not good for us. Independant of the effect on the global environment, increased demand for fossil fuels can’t be good for our costs.

    “Cap and Trade” isn’t good for our costs either. It makes us poorer with little to any impact on the environment. Increased energy use from economic growth in the third world reduces poverty, hunger and disease. You’re sounding a little heartless now.

  4. superdave524 Says:

    Cap and Trade assumes that by adding costs to pollute, that the market will reward companies that don’t pollute. The market is a good place to start, but probably ultimately not a good way to address pollution, as your report on Europe suggests. Set limits and enforce them criminally, if we’re serious about it. If not? All species end eventually. Heartless? Well, I care about people in Africa, Asia and Europe; I care about America more. Sustainability is a for real thing. Jared Diamond’s take on extinct societies like the Greenland Norse and Easter Island has got some lessons for us. He opined that economic growth in countries like China will ultimately be bad for the rest of the world in “Collapse”.

  5. John in IL Says:

    Heartless? Well, I care about people in Africa, Asia and Europe; I care about America more.

    That’s kind of heartlesss. I care more about people and less about where they are from.

  6. superdave524 Says:

    Shoot, John, must be bizzaro world: I’m all of a sudden the Dick Chaney accolyte, and you’re all a sudden an appeaser.

  7. John in IL Says:

    I have no idea what that means.

    More to the point; it is weird to suggest that as other countries become richer, we will necessarily become poorer. I’ll say it again: a richer world means less environmental damage and greater human achievement. The US and Europe have cleaner air/water now than they did 100 years ago. This isn’t an accident. To deny third world counrties the same opportunities is heartless.

    Your Collapse reference, from my brief reading, sounds more like The Population Bomb to me. How can you (or he) compare the Vikings in Greenland and the Easter Islanders to current day China? Keeping the Chinese in poverty, with all of the death and misery that goes with it, doesn’t better the US at all and it does nothing to improve the environment.


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