It’s That Time of Year

by Denis Boyles

The temperature today in my corner of France was in the mid-70s. In 2003, it was in the 100s. Global cooling? Nah, but here’s a timely note from reader Daniel Turner:

Last night while listening to a torturous segment on NPR, I recalled your fantastic article published last year in National Review Online on this subject. And I felt compelled to write you.  You see, according to NPR producers, it was, after all, OUR fault that so many elderly died in France that summer.  Why?  Why else? Global warming. If only we had passed Kyoto when we had the chance, if only we’d acted in a responsible manner towards our Mother Earth, maybe the temperature would not rise so drastically and kill old French women. 

In 2003, the collapse of the French national health service in the middle of a ferocious canicule led to the deaths of 15,000 people in three weeks. The NRO piece to which Daniel refers is here.

According to Dan Grossman, the producer of NPR’s “story of the Paris Heat Wave,” the cause was climate change, but the number was closer to 1,000. Of course, Grossman’s a global-warmologist, so numbers may not be his thing. Nevertheless, his piece of NPR eco-revisionism is here.

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