The EPA and Obama blame asthma on “global warming”

Their proposed "cure" is worse than the alleged disease

ginamc3If melting glaciers, rising oceans, and stranded polar bears weren’t scary enough to make you sick, the Obama EPA’s war on all things fossil has upped the alarm ante to link global warming to asthma.

An internal 2009 EPA memo, recently obtained by Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute through the Freedom of Information Act, asserts that, since most Americans will never see such climate change “mascots” as a polar ice cap or a polar bear in its natural habitat, a message shift to “our neighbor with respiratory illness” will potentially “bring this issue home.”

Not missing a beat, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has trumpeted the new strategic theme. Last June, pitching the White House Climate Action Plan to cut powerplant CO2 emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, she said: “for the sake of our families’ health and kids’ future, we have a moral obligation to act on climate . . . This is not just about disappearing polar bears or melting ice caps. This is about protecting our health and our homes.”

She went on to add: “As a bonus, in 2030 we’ll cut pollution that causes smog and soot 25% more than if we didn’t have this plan in place. The first year these standards go into effect, we’ll avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks — and those numbers go up from there.”

Attempting to connect the dots here, the idea is that CO2 emissions produce global warming, which increases ozone smog, which in turn causes asthma. Accordingly, President Obama has argued that global warming “can induce greater incidents of asthma or more severe incidents of asthma.”

He attributed his daughter Malia’s early childhood asthma attack to such a trend during an April CNN discussion, stating that “all of ourMaliaOfamilies are going to be vulnerable [to global warming-induced health risks] . . . you can’t cordon yourself off from air or from climate.”

A White House fact sheet correlates a doubling of U.S. asthma rates over the past 30 years with “climate change [which] is putting these individuals [like Malia] and many other vulnerable populations at greater risk of landing in the hospital.”

If so, however, there is good cause to wonder how this claim jibes with the fact that satellite records indicate there has been no statistically significant global warming over more than half of that period — the past 18 years and counting.

Malia has never witnessed global warming in her lifetime. Also consider that asthma-related hospital admissions are actually lower in summer than in winter.

At the same time, EPA’s caution that “outdoor air pollution and pollen may also worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma” raises another issue; namely, that smog-forming emissions and ozone levels have been declining, decade-by-decade since the 1970s.

Whereas the EPA’s McCarthy argued she was “following the science” to “protect those most at-risk — our children, our elderly, and people already suffering from lung diseases like asthma,” a John Hopkins Children’s Center study of over 23,000 U.S. children found no statistically significant difference in asthma rates between those who live in inner city neighborhoods (and are thus subject to higher outdoor pollution levels) and those who do not.

A separate study published by William Adams at the University of California – Davis Human Performance Laboratory Exercise Biology Program found no statistically significant difference in lung function in humans exposed to ozone at 80 ppb (5 ppb above the current standard) or 60 ppb (the low end of the EPA’s proposed new standard).

Dr. Adams notes that while the EPA performed an unpublished “reanalysis” of his data which determined that there was a significant difference in lung function at 60 ppb, the “EPA has misinterpreted the statistics contained in my published, peer-reviewed paper.”

blackmoldJoseph Perrone at the Center for Accountability of Science observes that EPA has used asthma-premised outdoor “clean air” arguments as a pretext to expand its regulatory authority since the 1970s. His article, posted in The Hill, argues that while he doesn’t doubt that air pollution contributes to asthma, it’s “indoor air pollution – think second-hand smoke, mold, etc. – that may be the main culprit.”

Responding to relentless EPA expansion of ever stricter regulations, Perrone concludes that if the agency is truly interested in “following the science” it would put more emphasis upon addressing real public health threats rather than imposing costly rules based upon dubious assumptions that only make us economically poorer and sicker.

And besides, by all scientific accounts those polar bears are doing just fine without them also.

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A version of this article can also be found at:  http://www.newsmax.com/LarryBell/global-warming-asthma-epa/2015/04/20/id/639469/#ixzz3XrwasmIE

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Larry Bell

CFACT Advisor Larry Bell heads the graduate program in space architecture at the University of Houston. He founded and directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture. He is also the author of "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax."

  • Gary Hall

    “We have to offer up scary scenarios… each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective and being honest.”
    – Stephen Schneider, lead IPCC author, 1989

  • Anon Anon

    It is indoor pollution that is the problem. Since air conditioning became normal these things have increased.

  • Scottar

    The typical flat brained LIV can’t comprehend beyond 3 sentenced tweets. There’s so much propaganda from corp MSM that if a fart happened they run to the nearest clinic for toxic gas exposure.

    Others are so institutionalized that if it came from other then the IPCC or NASA then it’s some kind of big oil propaganda. They can’t tell pseudo science from real science as they have the mentality of a 7th grader or they are propagandists who appeal to those who have the mentality of a 7th grader.

    The real science is spread out among various institutions and sites. Then there are sites like Cfact that give us most of the truth past the hype and it seems to improve with time.

    Just remember, the truth is not so simple but the propagandists will try and present it that way. They will also use much distorted data and claims to prove their points. So don’t take everything they throw up with their rants as real. It’s a mind game of deception.

    But more and more the lying and deception is becoming more evident to the average person.

    An example, supposed the EPA made this claim:

    We have more seniors then ever therefore the past 40 years of warming is due to ‘old fart’ pollution. Therefore all ‘old fart’ residences and retirement facilities will have to be outfitted with fart scrubbers.

    To the brainwashed alarmists it’s time to march in the streets, but for those with more sense they will see it as total, hyped BS. But this is what the warmistas will do to implement their radical plans. Bottom line, their goals are for a Marxist-socialist agenda and they have a bunch of atavist minions who get conned into the game.

    • 44364436

      Scotter, you were doing just fine (with your dissertation on propaganda) until you got down to the specifics of “the warmistas” and their goals “for a Marxist-socialist agenda”. At that point you commenced to echo Philistines as represented by the Limpbaugh’s and the Hannity’s of the world … and soiled your nest.

      • Scottar

        I don’t rely on Hanidy nor Rush to get the truth about our Fascist government. Try Coast to Coast, try Steve Quayle, try http://www.kcandassociates.org/, Dr. Michael Savage. I can’t even trust the right wing cartel anymore then I could trust progressive groups. Perhaps it’s more big banker, corp. fascist control but the Marxists are a major part of the zombie foot soldiers of these economic cartels.

        4 years ago I would have dismissed the Marxist socialist claims as over the top except now with the continuing reports of this government’s regime dismissing constitutional precedents and procedures, I can only conclude that the Marxists are very much in play. The AGW thing is just one facet of it.

        But not only that you have RINO sellouts embracing NWO interests as they have the same interests of intrusive government, or, my coin of ‘grubmint’.
        Have you been paying attention to what has been happening in Furgison?, Baltimore?, Immigration?, Ukraine?, ISIS and the Middle East?- past the dribble many MSM sources are feeding us?

        I would like to know what NEWS groups you have been listening to to become so clueless about our shadow government?