Policy: Environment & Energy

Study: Global warming will cause murders and rapes

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Stop everything you're doing and move into the woods, people, because global warming really is going to kill us.

If the melting sea ice causing the ocean to flood and go all “The Day After Tomorrow” doesn't kill us, we'll kill each other.

The latter, according to a new study, will happen between now and the year 2099.

Should global warming (or climate change, or whatever they decide to call it by then) continue, crime will increase — specifically, violent crime. By how much?

“[A]n additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, 1.2 million aggravated assaults, 2.3 million simple assaults, 260,000 robberies, 1.3 million burglaries, 2.2 million cases of larceny, and 580,000 cases of vehicle theft in the U.S.,” the study said.

This, despite the fact that even as environmentalists claim global warming has occurred, violent crime rates have decreased.

Oh, and despite the doom-and-gloom prediction, the study's author - an environmental economist at a place called Abt Associates - said that the increases are actually small.

The numbers represent a 2.2 percent increase in the murder rate and a 3.1 percent increase in rapes.

Doubt any of those “inconvenient truths” will make it into the alarmists’ reports.

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