In an effort to stop global warming, UN alarmist leader António Guterres urged for “drastic steps” this week to phase out all fossil fuels.
“Weather patterns are not the only aspect of climate change.” In a tweet on Twitter (X), Guterres said that “it is altering life on Earth. People are dying and communities are being destroyed.”
In line with his usual style of talking that is heavy on rhetoric and light on facts, the U.N. head did not share information on who has died because of “climate change” or which towns have been “devastated” by it.
Instead, he got right to the point: “To stop the Earth’s temperature from rising too much, we need to phase out oil, coal, and gas in a fair and just way, and massively increase renewables.”
Guterres made the astounding assertion that “every region, every continent, and every country is dealing with the heat” in a video that he attached to his tweet.
In his home country of Portugal, that might be true, but in Greenland, where the typical temperature for the year is just over 1°F (-17°C), it’s a treat to feel the heat.
It is always below freezing in Russia, which is on both the Asian and European continents. The average monthly temperature there is -5.2oF (-20.7C), which is even colder than in Alaska.
At a warm 20.6°F (-6.4°C) on average per year, even in Canada, an extra 1.5oC would probably be a good thing, even if it’s not enough to make things better.
It’s likely that Mr. Guterres doesn’t know that cold weather kills a lot more people every year than heat.
583,173 deaths were linked to “non-optimal temperatures each year,” according to a study released in the Lancet medical journal in 2021. The study also said that most of those deaths were “cold-related” instead of “heat-related.”
The Lancet reports that global deaths from cold are 9.4 times higher than deaths from heat. It also said that the number of deaths caused by heat has gone up slightly (+0.21%) because of global warming over the last 20 years, while the death rate from cold has gone down even more (-0.51%) during the same time period.
If you read this without bias, you might think that global warming has resulted in actually cutting the death rate from “non-optimal temperatures.”
Despite the evidence, Guterres continued to bemoan the fact that perhaps not “all leaders have felt that heat.”
“The actions are falling way short. There is still time to stick to the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree cap on temperature rise,” he said.
“And to make sure of climate justice for those who didn’t do much to cause the problem but are paying the most, we need to take strong steps right now to cut greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.