Hooray! Warmists Now Say “Climate Change” Will Cause More Crime


The LA Times has been on a roll as of late with their “climate change” idiocy, here and here, blaming cold and snow and ice on “climate change”. Now we get

Climate change brings more crime

A new study broadens a notion held by the earliest criminologists: Periods of higher temperatures — on an hour-by-hour or week-to-week basis — are likely to produce more crime.

The study by Matthew Ranson of Abt Associates, a research and consulting firm in Cambridge, Mass., suggests global warming will trigger more crimes including murders and rapes over the next century, with social costs estimated to run as high as $115 billion.

Between 2010 and 2099, climate change can be expected to cause an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft, the study published this week in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management says.

OK, there is some basis to this. Crime tends to occur more when it is warm than when cold. Yet, how does this play when there has been no statistically significant increase in global temperatures for 17 years? Does a 0.28F increase since 1990 really make a big difference? Would a miniscule increase of a few degrees magically increase crime?

But, does this prove anthropogenic causation? Because there have been multiple warm periods during the Holocene, at least two of them which were warmer than the current Modern Warm Period. Perhaps Warmists could tell us exactly what the perfect temperature would be? Marc Morano

“Instead of looking at temperature data or other climate metrics to prove or disprove man-made global warming claims, the global warming activists have now shifted the playing field so rape and murder statistics are now used as some sort of ‘proof’ of man-made global warming. Global warming science has truly morphed to modern witchcraft!’

Back to the LA Times

Therefore, it adds, “an immediate and permanent 4% increase in the size of the U.S. police force would be required to offset the aggregate climate-related increases in murder, manslaughter, robbery, burglary and vehicle theft likely to occur over the next century.”

And there we go: the Warmists want more police. More Big Government dominance. If they really cared about crime they might put more police in places like Detroit and other liberal cities. And change their own policies on law enforcement and the judicial system. Oh, and citizens carrying guns and standing their ground. Oh, and here’s something interesting pointed out in the comments at the LA Times article

According to the FBI’s own crime statistics, their “violent crime index” DROPPED steadily 1992 – 2011, from 757.7 to 386.3 (per 100,000 population). This is consistent with ALL the violent crime groups they list as well. Virtually cut IN HALF!

Google this exactly including the quote marks and it comes up first:

“Crime in the United States is described by annual Uniform Crime Reports” fbi

Well, that’s strange, wouldn’t you say? Should crime have increased cause “climate change”? And crime was down in 2013, despite the (false) assertion that 2013 was one of the hottest years eveh!

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