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Costs Will Soar Due To ‘Global Warming’

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Household bills to soar because of climate change, claim scientists

Households face soaring bills because of climate change, scientists have warned in claims that everybody will be hit in their pockets by the changes in global weather.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent in Copenhagen
Last Updated: 10:29PM GMT 10 Mar 2009

The average cost of living is likely to increase dramatically to pay for the impact of global warming – including higher taxes, higher insurance premiums, and even the cost of keeping the garden in good repair.

The findings are to be presented tomorrow (thurs) to a climate summit in Copenhagen by Alastair Hunt, a researcher at Bath University who studied the potential affect of global warming on health services, local councils, households and gardens.

He based his study on the heatwaves of 1995 and 2003, "extreme weather events" that even under the most conservative forecasts are set to become increasingly the norm in this century.

He discovered that the likely costs of the changing climate will run into billions over the course of this century as cases of heat-related illnesses and subsidence in houses and roads increase dramatically.

Even garden maintenance will increase as longer summers and wetter, warmer winters will mean that lawns need mowing more often.

While some aspects of global warming are likely to decrease household costs – such as lower heating bills – Mr Hunt believes the overall affect will be "negative".

"I am trying to bring home the impact of climate change to everyone by calculating the effects it has on individuals and organisations," he said.

"This shows that there will be real costs for everyone. It will have an impact on everybody’s lives.

"These effects will start very soon and are likely to be exacerbated over the course of the century."

In order to calculate the costs, Mr Hunt, who also publishes his findings with the Institute of Physics, asked Hampshire Health Authority, the Association of British Insurers, Cambridgeshire highways authority and the National Trust’s Lanhydrock gardens in Cornwall to calculate the costs of the two heatwaves.

He then extrapolated the results to cover the rest of the century.

The case studies look ahead 90 years and predict that the cost of treating people with heat-related illnesses will increase anything between five and nine-fold for primary care trusts; the increased insurance costs associated with property subsidence during arid summers will increase anything between four and 13-fold; and that both public lawn and road maintenance will see expensive hikes too.

Meanwhile researchers at King’s College London and the Met Office said that the number of deaths from heat related illness are expected to rise from 120 at present to more than 500 in London alone by 2080.

However these could be more than offset by the reductions in deaths from the cold in winter.

Dr Johanna Schwarz, Editor of Institute of Physics Publishing’s Earth and Environmental Science Conference Series, said: "Climate change is going to affect all of us and Alistair’s presentation in Copenhagen is a timely reminder that it is not just tropical islanders or others in less moderate climate zones that need to adapt."

The Telegraph is usually pretty sensible. So we suspect they published this report only to show how preposterous the author’s ‘logic’ is.

For instance, we are told that global warming will mean more lawn work and road maintenance. But doesn’t it really mean a longer growing season and few pot holes due to ‘frost heaves’?

Similarly, we are told that health insurance costs will go up 13 fold because of heat-related deaths. But, as even the article notes, deaths from exposure to the cold far outstrip any heat related deaths.

So there should actually be a reduction of healthcare and insurance costs.

Besides, isn’t mowing your lawn good for you? Wouldn’t that also cut down on health insurance costs.

And, as the article also point outs, a warmer world would mean savings on heating expenses.

But never mind any of that.

There is no ‘argument’ that is too absurd for the devotees of the Global Warming cult.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Costs Will Soar Due To ‘Global Warming’”

  1. TheChicagoWay says:

    Ask yourself…All things being equal…Is it cheaper to live on the beach in some tropical location or is it cheaper to live where you have to obtain shelter from temperatures that will kill exposed humans?…

    Using the logic posed by these idiots, man would have evolved on the artic wastes and then, through expanding population, been forced to migrate to much harsher climates like those found in the garden of eden…..

    When is the populace going to see through this nonsense?

  2. BillK says:

    The media has to begin pumping out articles like this so that when your energy bills triple and fuel costs go equally high due to Obama’s carbon taxes, he’ll play it as saving the American consumer – the way he’s trying to push socialized medicine right now as the way to save GM and other industries.

  3. nuthingbettertodo says:

    Meantime….it was 17 degrees when I woke up with a windchill in the single digits.

  4. proreason says:

    The truth, of course, is that global warming, if it were actually happening instead of being a scam cooked up to improve Al Toad’s ego and portfolio, would be a huge benefit to mankind in almost every respect.

    A benefit, that is, unless your goal was to remove humans from the planet.

    • Right of the People says:

      I think selective removal of certain humans could be quite beneficial to society as a whole beginning with the 535 and the moron in the Oval Orifice.


  5. pdsand says:

    As all global warming alarmism does, they used the statistical fallacy of taking a correlation or trend, and applying it outside of the sample. They discovered a trend of increases in certain costs during a heatwave year in 2003 and 1995. It’s fair to observe that trend, but it’s unacceptable to extrapolate way out into the future, and say, ‘if this happens every year for the next 90 years, and if the heatwaves get worse, then you can see that this cost will really skyrocket!’. That is pure junk science.

  6. sheehanjihad says:

    They talk about household expenses going up in the next 90 years due to global warming…..that is NOTHING compared to household expenses going up during the last 90 days due to Obama’s socialist warming. The climate at it’s worst will do little monetary damage compared to the Obama administration’s cost of destroying our economy. We dont need to worry about a tenth of a thousandth of a degree increase in atmospheric tempurature, we need to worry about a job, food, clothing, and shelter first. Keep throwing this phantom menace in our way Obamy! Keep the focus off of your rape of the United States.

  7. mrfocus says:

    nice photo of those cooling towers emitting the greenhouse gas water vapor

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Isn’t water vapor classified as a greenhouse gas, now? I mean, it looks so evil – it has to be!

    • Gila Monster says:

      Pssssst, psssst, …. hey Colonel, that’s the 800 pound gorilla in the room that the Goracle and his fellow snake-oil salesmen alarmist ilk refuse to talk about.

      From Wiki;

      In order, Earth’s most abundant greenhouse gases are:
      water vapor
      carbon dioxide
      nitrous oxide
      When these gases are ranked by their contribution to the greenhouse effect, the most important are:
      water vapor, which contributes 36–70%
      carbon dioxide, which contributes 9–26%
      methane, which contributes 4–9%
      ozone, which contributes 3–7%
      The major non-gas contributor to the Earth’s greenhouse effect, clouds, also absorb and emit infrared radiation and thus have an effect on radiative properties of the greenhouse gases.[6][7]


      And further down in the entry, we get this tidbit;

      Water vapor accounts for the largest percentage of the greenhouse effect, between 36% and 66% for water vapor alone, and between 66% and 85% when factoring in clouds.[7]

      In the Goracle’s pseudo-bible of anthropogenic global warming, it is specifically forbidden to speak about “water vapor”, the single largest reason we have any type of global warming, or global cooling for that matter.

  8. Perdido says:

    Cool. Longer growing seasons equal better wild bird populations and cheaper hay for my horses. It will also mean less pressure on fossil fuel stocks, especially the oils that I use to fuel my RV.

    These guys are arguing there way out of any plausible stance.

    A lot of these “Climate Concernees” are also busy fretting about over-population. If they were right about the increase in ocean originating storms they should, logically speaking, be happy about the whole megastorm aspect of hot oceans. These big storms are going to hit huge, poor, earth defiling populations concentrated in coastal areas. It smells bad for a few weeks, but hey, look at the upside…

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