Doctors and nurses enlisted in Obama's global warming propaganda campaign
The White House has now enlisted doctors and nurses in their global warming propaganda campaign, trying to frame the argument that climate change is deterimental to one's health.
“We also need doctors, nurses and citizens, like all of you”President Obama said in a taped speech presented to medical professionals gathered at the White House, “to get to work to raise awareness and organize folks for real change.”
The Obama administration has been hard at work trying to draw a link between global warming and public health issues. The summit included the U.S. Surgeon General, top administration officials, and public health experts from around the country telling doctors, nurses and other conference goers how to talk about global warming with their patients.
The central message: doctors should warn their patients that global warming could make their health worse.
“I know we have people all around the country, in all of the regions, who are also listening to this conversation, and like all of you in the room, I hope will go out and continue to talk and educate,” echoed Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Health Department.
“We need to engage medical students themselves,” said Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General, “to demand the curriculum change” to prepare them for a warmer future.
Speakers at the White House summit didn’t just tell doctors to go out and raise awareness about global warming, but to also promote the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions.
“We need people, proponents, to talk about it. Make sure that the public is informed,” said Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. “Stand behind the EPA, because they’re attacked every day, all day by many committees.”
Rep. Johnson is referring to EPA rules to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants — a regulation that has come under fire from Republicans and industries for threatening to raise energy prices and cause job losses.
The conference was also met with two conveniently-timed reports by the EPA and environmentalists highlighting how global warming could exacerbate public health problems. One of these studies, put out by the EPA, claimed that “climate change is projected to worsen air quality across large regions of the U.S.” which will exacerbate things like asthma problems, especially among children.
Are people who live in warmer climates healthier than people who live in colder climates? It's an old argument that both sides can claim evidence to support their side. People living in warmer climates don't catch some diseases as often as those in cold climes, but they have other health issues to deal with. Those who live in cold climates tend to catch respiratory diseases more often but avoid tropical diseasese like malaria.
So despite the confusion, the administration thinks the science is settled and says categorically that global warming is bad for your health. But asking health care workers to promote their regulatory agenda goes beyond the issue of public health. This is politicizing the health of the American people, and anyone who doesn't think that's extraordinarily dangerous isn't thinking straight.
I know that if my doctor ever starts a conversation about global warming, I am going to find another doctor. It's ridiculous to think that a health professional would have sufficient knowledge of the global warming debate to make an intelligent argument.