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Weather-Related Deaths Are Down More than 90% Over the Past Century

We’re crashing into the January winter storm season, with blizzard conditions in some parts of the country – including the northeast and mountain states. Baby, it’s cold outside.

We thought now would be a good time to review how many people die from extreme weather events.

The answer: fewer than at any time in world history – as a share of the population.

If we are going to die from climate change, when exactly? The climate is changing, but the impact on health and safety has been nearly nonexistent. The slight warming over recent decades has been a positive climate change, because far more people die from colder weather and there is more food production when the weather warms.

One of the most important safeguards against extreme weather conditions is reliable electric power. When the electric grid goes down, people die during blizzards and heat waves. However, the climate change movement is intent on making the electric grid system more vulnerable to blackouts and brownouts. Every time the left shuts down a nuclear, gas, or coal plant we put American lives at greater risk.

The Heartland Institute reports that the mortality data show the global climate-related death risk has dropped by over 99% since 1920. Below is an update of a graph from the 2020 peer-reviewed article by Bjørn Lomborg: Welfare in the 21st century: Increasing development, reducing inequality, the impact of climate change, and the cost of climate policies.

We’d bet a suitcase full of Hunter Biden’s cash that if you asked the average high school student about deaths from extreme weather they would almost all say that this curve bends in the opposite direction.

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