In a world where global warming can be blamed for everything, car accidents are just the latest target of the alarmists. Really.
While common sense would tell you that most car accidents occur in winter (when the roads are most dangerous), it’s actually during the summer that most occur, because despite roads being safer during those months, there are more cars out on the road. So simply because warmer weather means more cars on the road, a new study is blaming global warming for a minor recent uptick in traffic fatalities….. really.
As the Daily Caller reported, global warming was responsible for thousands of road deaths in 2015, according to a new study, contradicting many public safety experts who blame increased cell phone use for the spike in traffic fatalities.
“As temperatures continue to increase from heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, road deaths will likely increase more than expected unless there are major mitigating countermeasures,” retired Yale University epidemiologist Leon Robertson said in a statement.
Traffic deaths rose by 2,348, or 7.2 percent, in 2015 to 35,200, according to Transportation Department data. Robertson said rising temperatures and increased rainfall had people driving more miles than they would have otherwise, leading to more deaths.
“If millions more people drive cars because the temperature is getting warmer … then that adds up to a lot of miles,” Robertson told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Mainly it’s a simple multiplication.”
So if global warming was to blame for a brief spike in fatalities in 2015 – what are we to attribute the long-term secular decline in fatalities? In the mid-1960s there were 5.3 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, but only 1.12 by 2015.
All in all, blaming global warming for people voluntarily deciding to drive their cars more makes about as little sense as when some (and by some, literally only a few people) on the Right tried to blame Michelle Obama for an increase in pedestrian deaths because of her health initiatives that encouraged people to get out more.
Yes – if you go outside, you have a higher risk of a freak accident occurring than if you’re to stay inside all day. That fact shouldn’t be reason enough to scare you into a hermit life.