If it saves one life …

In January 2013, then-President Barack Obama said, “If there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this [gun] violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

A month later he tweeted, “If we save even one life from gun violence, it’s worth it.”

In a press conference Vice President, Joe Biden said, “As the president said, if your actions result in only saving one life, they’re worth taking.”

It’s a common plea for action.

Perhaps now-President Biden should keep this in mind as he touts various spending bills to curb global warming.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, reports that a study found that globablly climate change annually causes almost 120,000 additional heat deaths but avoids nearly 300,000 cold deaths.

Lomborg further noted the frequently mentioned deaths due to weather-related events such as floods, droughts, storms and fire — mostly blamed on climate change — actually have declined. “In the 1920s, these disasters killed almost half a million people on average each year. The current climate narrative would suggest that natural disasters are ever deadlier, but that isn’t true,” he writes. “Over the past century, climate-related deaths have dropped to fewer than 20,000 on average each year, even though the global population has quadrupled since 1920.”

Each year, more than 100,000 people die from cold in the United States, and 13,000 in Canada — more than 40 cold deaths for every heat death.

Lomborg wrote in July in The New York Post

This piece was also published in The Financial Post.

He concluded his WSJ op-ed by saying, “Climate change is a real problem we should fix. But we can’t rely on apocalyptic stories when crafting policy. We must see all the data.”

If it saves one life?

12 comments on “If it saves one life …

  1. Bob Coffin says:

    Tom, I get your point here and you quote the two Presidents. But, what do you suggest to reduce this killing. It is out of conteol.

  2. Mental health services.

  3. Steve says:

    Mental health services fits in nicely with “defunding” the police. Which, primarily, really means placing mental health services in the place of police.

  4. In addition to …

  5. Steve says:

    More government?

    Seems like an oxymoron to me.

  6. Athos says:

    Start learning Mandarin Chinese, fellas! Cause while we’re dithering around wearing masks, praying to Gaia to charge up our Prius with our own solar powered windmill, and believing we’re all winners in our heart; reality is gonna bring a rude awaking.

    Believe it or not, but there are countries that want the luxury we have, and have no “naval gazing” psychosis to try and obtain it.

    Am I the only one that stunned with how Joe Biden has aged in just a few years?

  7. Rincon says:

    I read Bjorn Lomborg’s book from cover to cover in the ’90’s, and found a book chock full of straw men being constructed and then torn down. In this case, he merely states a convenient statistic – that the warming climate (which Thomas doesn’t believe in anyway) has killed fewer people than the previous cooler one. I found another interesting correlation equally as valid: Vehicle deaths per billion miles traveled have decreased exponentially as the climate has warmed over the last 100 years. Ge whiz, do you think they’re related? Seems to me that advances in say, weather forecasting, communications, building codes and the like just might have a tiny little bit to do with a lower death rate from weather. Conveniently, Lomborg ignored the huge increase in weather related property damage. I wonder why. It’s called cherry picking, and no statistician worth his salt would stoop so low.

    I don’t think it’s reasonable for Thomas to quote him anyway, since Lomborg has clearly agreed that global warming is real and is a problem that must be solved as opposed to a natural climate condition, which would require no action. Thomas is on record claiming that global warming was over in the early 2000’s, and that it wasn’t a real problem, but rather just a coincidence of a few warm years which would soon revert back to the mean. Have you changed your mind?

  8. Anonymous says:


    On the eve of the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change a guy on the right says something to the effect of “sure they were right about what they said 8 years ago (even though they underestimated some of the impacts we are seeing probably because of the inherent cautiousness of the scientists) and yeah I’m not going to argue that man is directly responsible for these impacts BUT, maybe if we use some weird measurement, that I will hide from the main viewing audience (so that they’ll be able to go back to their right wing fellows and make some weird nonsensical email chains about how the left is ruining “our culture”) they won’t even see that I’m not disputing ANY of what these scientists have been saying is going to happen and focus on this nonsense about cold vs hot deaths. As if THAT is the issue or ever was.

    I’m wonder though Thomas, how many deaths this guy “added” to his total count as a result of Greenland melting into the sea https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/566950-massive-melting-event-torpedoes-billions-of with the result being the elimination of the Gulf Stream? https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/05/us/gulf-stream-collapse.html

    Anyway, good to see that you’re still kicking.

  9. Athos says:

    Need to get me some of that “Solyndra” patent medicine. Works wonders on just about anything!

    “How is it on stains?”

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yeah but what about all the cold deaths we prevented?

    July 2021 was the planet’s hottest month ever recorded, according to data released Friday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).


  11. Athos says:

    What will be the outcome of mandatory mask wearing at today’s Raider football game?

    a) Physical resistance by the $1000/seat public that don’t wanna wear a paper diaper during a football game..

    b) Big fine paid by the Raiders when let people be people, followed by no more fans till the mask mandate is abolished…

    c) pictures of King Steve of Sisolak watching the game in a private booth WITHOUT A MASK

    “I’ll believe we have a pandemic when our rulers start ACTING like we have a pandemic (identify as an Obama birthday party goer! or Lori Lightfoot attending Lollapooluza)

  12. Athos says:

    end quotes

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