Global Warming Healthism

Hat tip to Leg-Iron. My, my. Doctors are trying to clamber aboard the global warming bandwagon. The Climate and Health Council has said that GPs should offer climate change advice to patients.

Their controversial plan would see GPs and nurses give out advice to their patients on how to lower their carbon footprint.

Controversial is it? I’m sure that the medical establishment is all aboard for this one. Sounds right up their street. All a GP has to do after he’s checked his patients’ smoking and drinking and obesity status is ask a few more questions and give out some medical advice. Thinking of flying to Spain for a holiday? Don’t. Planning to buy a new car? Don’t. Walk instead. Walking is good for you. Wondering whether to install an improved central heating system? Don’t. Put on more clothes instead. Shivering is good for you. Doctor’s orders.

I did a bit of digging to find out what the health impacts of global warming were supposed to be. And turned up this scenario calculated using the climate model from the Hadley Centre (heard of them recently?) in 2002. By 2080 UK temperatures could rise by 2 to 4 degrees C. Winters would become wetter, and summers drier. Sea levels would rise by a metre or so. Cloud cover would decrease during summer.

The health impacts of these were assessed as being about 3,000 more heat-related UK deaths in summer, but 20,000 fewer cold-related deaths in winter. So an improvement there. But increased flooding would bring mental health problems for flood victims (this seems to be the principal health impact). Increased UV exposure would result in 5,000 more cases of skin cancer, and 2,000 more cataracts per year. Mosquitoes might re-introduce malaria, and ticks might increase the incidence of encephalitis. Lyme disease and West Nile fever might also increase. There’d be 10,000 more cases of Salmonella infections. There’d be likely to be increased waterborne infections by cryptosporidium and campylobacter. There’d also be increase in personal injuries from flying debris and falling trees. Stormier weather would result in up to 50% less air pollution, and associated health impacts.

But the UK already has an estimated 60 – 80,000 cold-related deaths each year, and 100,000 cases of food poisoning.

Hardly a terrifying scenario. This doesn’t seem to have deterred Prof Mike Gill, from the University of Surrey, who co-chairs the Climate and Health Council:

"Overall, what is good for tackling climate change is good for health. Who better to spell out this message than health professionals? We have the evidence, a good story to tell that dramatically shifts the lens through which climate change is perceived, and we have public trust."

He said the health service was often “muted” on the subject of climate change and needed to make its voice heard more.

He added: "To maximise our influence, we must be much clearer than we have been to the public, to patients, and to politicians about the risks of doing nothing and the benefits to individual and global health of effective action."

‘Maximising influence’ means increasing the power of doctors to interfere in people’s lives. And while the climate change scenario just sketched out isn’t particularly worrying, once the passive smoking epidemiologists are set to work to figure out the likely health consequences of climate change, the numbers of premature deaths is likely to increase a hundred fold. After all, Sir Richard Peto said that the smoking ban would save 500,000 lives. Floods, malaria, Lyme disease, skin cancer, cataracts, heat waves and the rest will surely threaten a few million lives. Chief Health Officer Sir Liam Donaldson must be rubbing his hands in glee at the prospect of issuing decrees and edicts to meet the threat.

A union between global warmists and health zealots is a natural, really. They’re both species of fascists who want to control people in every way they possibly can. They both use scare tactics to panic governments and populations into adopting unnecessary and crass policies.Britain under 70m of waterTheir aim is to generate a sense of crisis during which something like martial law is declared, allowing governments to take direct control over the lives of the citizenry indefinitely. And global warming poses an ever-growing threat. Sea levels are projected to rise by a mere metre or so over the coming century, but if Greenland ice melts, that will raise sea levels by 70 metres, in which case the map of Britain would look rather different than it does now (see right). Think of the totalitarian possibilities of that: you’d need a permit to go from Manchester to Sheffield in that flooded country. What an opportunity to order people around! What an opportunity to make people do things they wouldn’t otherwise do! And that’s the whole point of the exercise, after all.

I welcome the union of these fascists. The health fascists and the climate fascists. Because it’s easier to cut off one head rather than two. Let them be bound closer and closer together, until they are indistinguishable from each other.

Please. Pretty please.

Because the Global Warming scam has hit an iceberg, and it’s sinking. Even arch-guru George Monbiot can see the writing on the wall, as he calls for the resignation of Professor Phil Jones of Hadley CRU (who produced the climate scenario featured above). So let the health fascists drown with the climate fascists, chained together indissolubly. And public trust in doctors evaporate.

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3 Responses to Global Warming Healthism

  1. Anonymous says:

    There are two Hadley’s in the uk
    The Hadley Centre is a bit of the the met office.
    The Hadley CRU at east angli “university” is where the data is fiddled.

  2. Frank Davis says:

    Are you sure? Got links to back that up?
    Not that it matters too much in the end: They’re all going down, the whole damn lot of them.

  3. Frank Davis says:

    You’re right. But how do you distinguish one from the other given that they collaborate with each other?
    HadCRUT3 is a gridded dataset of global historical surface temperature anomalies. Data are available for each month since January 1850, on a 5 degree grid. The dataset is a collaborative product of the Met Office Hadley Centre and the [Hadley] Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

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