The Huffington Post published an article Thursday claiming that President Donald Trump’s exit from the Paris climate agreement could cost thousands of American lives.
In his article, HuffPost reporter Chris D’Angelo wrote that staying in the Paris climate pact could be the “difference between life and death,” and that Trump’s decision to exit the pact is “letting Americans die.” Remaining in the Paris agreement would equal a U.S. promise to put forth a large effort to prevent temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius, the “magic number,” D’Angelo said.
He cited the National Resource Defense Counsel’s (NRDC) Thursday brief, which reports that “an increase in dangerously hot days could cause summertime deaths to jump by almost 2,100 percent by the 2090s.” D’Angelo added that “3 out of 4 people could experience deadly heat waves by 2100,” according to a University of Hawaii study.
However, D’Angelo failed to notice that “cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather,” according to a 2015 international study that analyzed over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries.
“Deaths due to moderately hot or cold weather substantially exceed those resulting from extreme heat waves or cold spells [and] extreme temperatures were responsible for less than 1% of all deaths, while mildly sub-optimal temperatures accounted for around 7% of all deaths,” the study found.
“President Trump and his Cabinet are driving in reverse with their eyes closed,” D’Angelo concluded, with no mention whatsoever of the effects of colder temperatures.
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