Obama: Cut Carbon or Your Kids Will Die of Asthma

obama penPresident Obama has made a not-so-subtle attempt to personalise his administration’s war on “climate change” by linking it with his daughter Malia’s asthma.

Nice try, Mr President. But the evidence just doesn’t stack up.

While it’s true that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the EPA’s Gina McCarthy and the Surgeon General Vivek Murthy have lent their ‘expert’ support to the ‘global warming means more asthma’ thesis, this is largely a case of doing their masters’ bidding.

The Obama administration has staked its heart and soul on persuading a stubbornly unconvinced America that climate change represents the single greatest menace of our time. Positioning it as an urgent health threat is a key part of this campaign, which will include a Climate Change and Health Summit later this spring starring Surgeon General Murthy.

Handily, Murthy too was able to join the President in providing moving personal testimony of the horror of asthma. A favourite uncle of his died of it, he told reporters, before segueing deftly into an on-message claim that “climate change could make this situation worse.” (The operative weasel word, here being, of course, that slippery “could”).

Problem is, despite this impressive show of concerted ‘expert’ strength, the connection between climate change and asthma is flimsy at best.

This becomes evident when you examine the claims made by the CDC website. It certainly sounds authoritative. (How could America’s leading national public health institute possibly get it wrong where health issues are concerned?) But none of them bears close scrutiny.

Let’s examine them one by one.

“Climate change, resulting in more frost-free days and warmer seasonal air temperatures, can contribute to shifts in flowering time and pollen initiation from allergenic plant species.”

Did CDC not get the memo? It’s all about “climate disruption” now. As such, this works both ways. Just as many weather conditions, including extreme cold weather, spuriously associated with climate change can negatively affect plant development and transport of pollen in the local environment. Mexico lost 80-100% of key food crops in February 2011 thanks to a sudden freeze. Rain, meanwhile, suppresses pollen counts. And more rain is the one thing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has promised us.

“Increased CO2 by itself can elevate production of plant-based allergens. Higher pollen concentrations and longer pollen seasons can increase allergic sensitizations and asthma episodes and diminish productive work and school days.”

CO2 can aid more abundant plant growth, yes. But CO2 is not necessarily as evenly distributed as once assumed.  The satellite carbon observatory in fact shows global CO2 production and flows following unexpected patterns. And other than enhancing overall plant growth it is not clear how CO2 directly causes production of more allergens.

“Simultaneous exposure to toxic air pollutants can worsen allergic responses.”

Toxic air pollutants, you say? CO2 is not toxic (regardless of the EPA controversially classifying it as a pollutant) except in extreme concentrations (as, indeed, is water). The CDC must be referring to genuinely noxious pollutants such as NO2 and particulates generated by diesel engines. Those same diesel engines are being used in greater numbers in parts of the world in order to lower CO2 emissions. This policy has worked so well in London that NO2 and particulate pollution is worse than in Beijing.  But at least they’ve saved the planet from CO2.

“Extreme rainfall and rising temperatures can also contribute to indoor air quality problems, including the growth of indoor fungi and molds, with increases in respiratory and asthma-related conditions.”

As mentioned above, greater rainfall means lower pollen transport. We’ll address the “rising temperatures” in the next point. As to indoor air quality problems – these are primarily a factor of poverty, especially fuel poverty, not of higher temperatures. Similarly, a damp living environment is a housing problem, not a global warming problem.

“Asthma prevalence (the percentage of people who have ever been diagnosed with asthma and still have asthma) increased in the U.S. from 7.3% in 2001 to 8.4% in 2010.”

This is probably the most spectacular failing of the entire CDC statement. If you want to try linking asthma prevalence to global warming, it might be best not to use a time period where no, or at worst negligible, global warming has taken place.

On balance the evidence shows that asthma prevalence in the U.S. bears no relation whatsoever to global warming. This is not the narrative you’re looking for, Obama.

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    Moose

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    Sorry to say, but he (BO) has lost his wits.

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    Amber

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    Let me get this straight is the President saying that when humans breath out CO2
    they are a contributing cause of asthma ? Or is it the CO2 from natural sources like the oceans that generate most of it which causes asthma ? Maybe he is suggesting it is only the CO2 from
    fossil fuels that cause asthma like that found at a circus .

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      JayPee

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      B.O. Plenty doesn’t just hate Americans. He hates all human life. And that’s because human life was created by G-d and not Satan. Consult the Queer-ran ( the book of Satan ) like he does.

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    Amber

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    Maybe the kid got asthma from exposure to second hand cigarette smoke . Na must be someone else’s doing .

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      Gator

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      Malia has grown up in the middle of an infestation, what she calls mom and dad, and their peers…

      [i]Recently, a major, federally-funded research project looked for allergy producing substances in the homes of several hundred children with asthma living in several major cities across the United States. Specifically, they measured the amount of cat, dust mite, and cockroach allergen in the bedrooms of these children aged 4 to 9 years. The results were quite striking.

      [b]Cockroach debris is an powerful allergen.[/b]

      The most important allergen in these inner-city homes came from cockroaches. And the worst asthma was found in those children who had both the allergic tendency to make reactions to cockroach allergens and exposure to high concentrations of those cockroach allergens in their homes. Children in heavily cockroach infested homes who did not have an allergic sensitivity to cockroaches were not as likely to have severe asthma. Similarly, children who had the tendency for allergic reactions to cockroach parts but lived in homes with a low burden of cockroach allergens were also less likely to have severe asthma. It was the combination of both the allergic tendency and the allergen exposure that put the children at the greatest risk for troublesome asthma.[/i]

      http://www.asthma.partners.org/NewFiles/BoFAChapter13.html

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    Amber

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    Carrying the title President of the USA comes with a positive credibility credit .
    Losing it can happen in less than ten words
    ” I am not a crook ,”I did not have sex with that women ” , ….my daughter got an asthma attack from global warming …
    Lets not confuse the globe with the inside of a circus tent .

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      Gator

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      Let’s not confuse Skeeter with a president, he is a poser, a puppet.

      [img]http://commieblaster.com/images/Soros/soros_puppet.jpg[/img]

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      borut

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      Amber, I don’t know if it automatically carries positive credibility.

      Certainly the US citizenry was lied to in 1913 about the income tax and the Federal Reserve . And in 1916 about neutrality. But most amazing is the fact that 4 hours before the attack at Pearl Harbor, the empire of Japan over international radio publically declared war on the USA.

      And it was called a sneak attack, ” a stab in the back ” .

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        Gator

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        [i]The authors concluded that the weight of the evidence “indicates that one coded phrase, ‘west wind clear,’ was broadcast according to previous instructions some six or seven hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor.”

        “In the end, the winds code never was the intelligence indicator or warning that it first appeared to the Americans, as well as to the British and Dutch,” they wrote. “In the political realm, it added nothing to then current view in Washington (and London) that relations with Tokyo had deteriorated to a dangerous point. From a military standpoint, the winds coded message contained no actionable intelligence either about the Japanese operations in Southeast Asia and absolutely nothing about Pearl Harbor.

        “In reality,” they concluded, “the Japanese broadcast the coded phrase(s) long after hostilities began — useless, in fact, to all who might have heard it.”[/i]

        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/us/07pearl.html?_r=0

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        Gator

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        [i]Part of the Japanese plan for the attack included breaking off negotiations with the United States 30 minutes before the attack began. Diplomats from the Japanese Embassy in Washington, including the Japanese ambassador, Admiral Kichisaburō Nomura, and special representative Saburō Kurusu, had been conducting extended talks with the State Department regarding the U.S. reactions to the Japanese move into French Indochina in the summer.

        In the days before the attack, a long 14-part message was sent to the Embassy from the Foreign Office in Tokyo (encrypted with the Type 97 cryptographic machine, in a cipher named PURPLE by U.S. cryptanalysts), with instructions to deliver it to Secretary of State Cordell Hull at 1 p.m. Washington time. The last part arrived late Saturday night (Washington time) but [b]due to decryption and typing delays, and to Tokyo’s failure to stress the crucial necessity of the timing, Embassy personnel did not deliver the message breaking off negotiations to Secretary Hull until several hours after the attack.[/b][/i]

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Events_leading_to_the_attack_on_Pearl_Harbor

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