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Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:17:03 AM »
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The phenomenon of global warming has been used to explain many things, but now Mother Jones is quoting a study saying it might cause more rapes of women.

Matthew Ranson, an economist, avers that there is a historical connection between warmer temperatures and increased crime. He said, "Looking at the past, we see a strong relationship between temperature and crime. We think that is likely to continue in the future."

Ranson utilized the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's projections of the effects of global warming in the U.S. to estimate that between 2010 and 2099, warmer temperatures will "cause" an 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."

That amounts to 2.2% more murders and 3.1% more rapes. John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, agreed with Ranson that the warmer temperatures would indeed be a problem, saying, "To the extent that climate change causes people to be out and interacting more, there will be more crime."

Ranson elaborated that there were various reasons why the warmer temperatures would foment more crime, alleging that "warmer temperatures increase the frequency of social interactions, some small percentage of which result in violence," and people become more aggressive in increased heat.

However, Ranson also argues that the temperatures were no excuse for bad behavior:
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The decision to a commit a crime is a matter of personal responsibility. Neither higher outdoor temperatures nor reduced police enforcement are valid excuses for individuals to commit criminal acts. Yet, from a statistical perspective, both cause crime to increase.


Andrew Holland, a senior fellow for energy and climate at the American Security Project, is skeptical about Ranson’s conclusions, saying the study seems "tailor-made for a headline" but that "on further analysis, I don't know what it tells us… Just like any war has many reasons for starting, any crime has many factors that go into it. You can't convince me that any one rape was solely because of the temperature." Holland added that trying to ascertain what factor impels a crime can be "an interesting mathematical exercise," but is not "useful or helpful."

Roman stubbornly sticks with Ranson. He says police have believed "the summer is more dangerous than the winter." He concludes, "There will be more studies in the future that find these effects. The concept fits with classic crime theory so neatly that we need to start thinking about how to get ahead of this and respond."

Mother Jones writes that Ranson has two options for dealing with the dreaded scenario he envisions: increasing numbers of police or citizens leaving their homes less often in hot weather and locking their windows. Then Mother Jones offers its own alternative: “reining in the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming in the first place.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/02/27/Mother-Jones-Global-Warming-Will-Cause-More-Rape

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Re: Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 10:52:31 AM »
Mother Jones writes that Ranson has two options for dealing with the dreaded scenario he envisions: increasing numbers of police or citizens leaving their homes less often in hot weather and locking their windows. Then Mother Jones offers its own alternative: “reining in the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming in the first place.”

How about a third option?  "Ship all the criminals to Antarctica."

How much did this drivel cost us?

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Re: Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 11:04:52 AM »
I guess this is one way to tie the global warming deniers in with the war on women.

These people are insane.

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Re: Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 11:07:54 AM »
I guess this is one way to tie the global warming deniers in with the war on women.

These people are insane.

They are obsessed with sex, which is probably the only activity many of them do.

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Re: Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 11:14:48 AM »
And victimhood.

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Re: Mother Jones: Study Shows Global Warming May Cause More Rape
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014, 01:52:18 PM »
Rush went off on this early in today's broadcast, especially in light of this underreported bit of news:
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Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore tells US Senate there is "no proof" humans cause climate change

Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore has angered environmentalist groups after saying climate change is "not caused by humans" and there is "no scientific proof" to back global warming alarmism.
 
The Canadian ecologist told US lawmakers there is "little correlation" to support a "direct causal relationship" between CO2 emissions and rising global temperatures.

"There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth's atmosphere over the past 100 years," he told a US Senate Committee "If there were such a proof, it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists."

He also criticised the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for claiming "it is extremely likely" that human activity is the "dominant cause" for global warning, noting that "extremely likely" is not a scientific term.  ...
Read on at The Independent (UK)

Also at Fox News and Hannity, "Exclusive: Former Greenpeace founder's 'reality check' for liberals"
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