The doctors who are criticising the government’s climate change policy have got their prescription wrong.
Twenty-six doctors, mainly public health practitioners, have put their name to the article in today’s New Zealand Medical Journal, which says the country “must rapidly halve its greenhouse gas emissions”.
A further 69 doctors are listed in support of the article. . . . The article argues for a much tougher policy than the Government has adopted, mainly to reduce the potential impact of climate change, but the authors note a positive spin-off would be to improve public health, such as through more cycling leading to reduced heart disease
Halving emissions by 2020 as they urge, would seriously damage our economy which in turn would substantially reduce the health services we could afford.
Some of the signatories are employed by the Minsitry of Health and their jobs would probably be among those at risk if the government followed their prescription.
It would also have little or no impact on the environment.
If climate change is human induced it is a global problem. Reducing our tiny contribution of carbon emissions – about .1% – would take a huge effort and incur a great cost but have little or no impact on the world’s emissions.