Australia’s Ex-Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, who is still active as an elected Member of the Lower House of Parliament in the current (highly unpopular) government, declared to the World while on business in London that Global Warming would be good for the planet as it would mean fewer people would die from cold snaps!!!
He did this while addressing the Global Warming Policy Foundation, a supposed global warming ‘think tank’?? where this view is in no way unique.
This ‘genius’ (former Rhodes Scholar no less, how low has that accolade fallen?) seems to fail to understand the basic principle underlying the warming of our atmosphere and it’s affect on planetary weather systems.
A warming of one or two degrees to the planet is not going to make any of us feel much worse – we regularly undergo much more massive movements in relative temperature on a daily basis.
The REAL danger is that this small increase has a massive effect on the size and scale of extreme weather events like freezing snaps and heat waves/firestorms etc. as well as making hurricanes and cyclones more frequent and violent and larger on average. This is because heating up a vast amount of air by 1 or 2 degrees Celsius adds a massive amount of energy to the system.
What this moron (we had a lucky ‘escape’ when his own party sacked him during his first term as Leader of Australia because of disastrous public opinion ratings (sound familiar anyone?)) fails to realise or acknowledge is that a warmer atmosphere will result in MORE cold/snaps and deeper ones causing more deaths not less and it has the same deadly increase in the other direction, more will die from heatwaves also; and from floods from hurricanes and cyclones.