Leftists can stop blaming Donald Trump for inciting the violent riots that are plaguing America’s big cities.
Now they have another, much more odious villain to pin this uproar on: global warming.
All the riots around the world and here in the United States, all the discontent about food shortages, or corrupt governments, or totalitarian regimes are only happening because of man-made climate change, say two researchers from Iowa State University.
Here’s how they put it:
When people get uncomfortably hot, their tempers, irritability, and likelihood of physical aggression and violence increase. Across several studies, undergraduate participants completed measures of perceived hostility, anger, or behavioral aggression, but were randomly assigned to do so in one of several temperature-controlled rooms. For some, the room they sat in was a comfortable temperature (e.g., 75o F). For others, the room was particularly cold (e.g., 57o F) or hot (e.g., 97o F), and participants themselves indicated that these rooms were quite uncomfortable. In one study, participants in the cold and hot rooms perceived a series of filmed interactions as being more hostile and aggressive than participants in the comfortable room. In another, participants in the cold and hot rooms scored higher than those in the comfortable room on a state hostility scale. In a final study, participants in warmer and cooler rooms, relative to those in comfortable rooms, responded to an opponent’s ambiguous provocation during a competitive reaction-time task with outbursts of intense blasts of noise. The researchers conclude, based on the collection of studies, that uncomfortably hot temperatures increase aggression.
So this is the study: when you’re too hot, you’re more aggressive.
The study continues:
In one of the most thorough and illustrative studies, Anderson and DeLisi (2011) compared data from the 1950–2008 FBI Uniform Crime Reports for violent crime (rates of homicide and assault per 100,000 people) and nonviolent crime (rates of burglary and motor vehicle theft per 100,000 people) with average annual temperature data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the same years. Average annual temperatures were significantly positively correlated with violent crime rates but not with nonviolent crime rates. More importantly, this relationship persisted even after controlling for numerous alternative explanations (e.g., incarceration rates). The researchers estimated, based on these findings, that a 1oC increase in average temperature — a fairly conservative estimate of climate change in the following decades — will likely yield a 6% increase in violent crime rates, as many as 25,000 more serious and deadly assaults per year in the United States alone.
OK. Got that? Sounds pretty academic-ish. But here’s my question:
If hot weather causes higher crime, then how come some of the coldest cities in the country have the highest crime rates? Shouldn’t Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee be crime-free?
Shouldn’t Scottsdale, Tucson, and El Paso be crime-ridden hellholes?
No. Then stop it. You’re embarrassing yourself.