For thousands of years, aggressive war has been used as a means of consolidation of power and money. But apparently, that’s all a myth.
A study released by some group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley shows that international conflicts and violence in general have nothing to do with power-hungry nations, money-driven individuals or even just a plain old desire to do evil. It has to do with global warming. The BBC reported:
“US scientists found that even small changes in temperature or rainfall correlated with a rise in assaults, rapes and murders, as well as group conflicts and war. The team says with the current projected levels of climate change, the world is likely to become a more violent place… The researchers looked at 60 studies from around the world, with data spanning hundreds of years. They report a ‘substantial’ correlation between climate and conflict. Their examples include an increase in domestic violence in India during recent droughts, and a spike in assaults, rapes and murders during heatwaves in the US. The report also suggests rising temperatures correlated with larger conflicts, including ethnic clashes in Europe and civil wars in Africa.”
Their report also estimated that “a 2C (3.6F) rise in global temperature could see personal crimes increase by about 15%, and group conflicts rise by more than 50% in some regions.” Never mind the fact that the warming part of global warming just hasn’t happened like they wanted it to. That’s why they changed the label to “climate change,” to maintain what semblance of credibility they had left.
The researches kept mentioning “correlation,” but as we know, correlation does not imply causation. So, even if the world were warming like they wanted it to, simply pointing out a correlation between global weather patterns and violence does not mean that one causes the other. Saying that global warming causes violence makes about as much sense as saying violence causes global warming. (Actually, they do claim that as well.)
Dr. Stephan Harrison from the University of Exeter commented on the study:
“What they have found is entirely plausible… For example, we already know that hotter and drier weather causes an increase in urban violence. Likewise, during cooler and wetter weather people tend to stay indoors, and the threat diminishes.”
I think this is what is known as “junk science.”
They say that things like tornados, earthquakes and superstorms are caused by global warming, and they also say that those weather phenomena are on the rise due to an increase in global temperatures. Don’t you think that violent crimes and international conflicts would be less likely during a tornado or tsunami? So wouldn’t a rise in dangerous and inclement weather generally contribute to a decrease in crime and incidence of war? Shouldn’t they be wanting more and more violent weather to occur so that crime and warfare go down?
Of course, the looters and other criminals come out after a tornado or earthquake. But the inclement weather or heat is not what caused them to want to go steal or commit murder or wage war. They already wanted to do those things. The bad weather just created for them a perfect opportunity.
This isn’t the first time liberals have blamed violence on global warming. Earlier this year, Hugh Hefner’s daughter Christie said that the warmer climate is what causes Chicago’s high violent crime rate:
“Last year, [Chicago] hit a record number of murders from guns, and this year, we were already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control, and it may seem odd, but it is factually true, one of them is actually the weather. There is a dramatic increase in gun violence when it is warmer, and we are having this climate-change effect that is driving that.”
The more bad things they can tie to global warming, the more the masses will fall for carbon taxes and burdensome regulations that will cripple the economy and impoverish the populace.