Last week, CM wrote about the American Psychological Association (APA) claim that,
“between 2010 and 2099, climate change would cause an estimated additional 30,000 murders, 200,000 cases of rape, and 3.2 million burglaries due to increased average temperatures.”
If we take the US murder rates we see that states with colder average temperatures have higher murder rates.
In the highest quartile for murder per 100,000 inhabitants, we see
None of the above states are regarded for excessively high temperatures bs national averages.
The lowest quartile for murder were found in the following states
Arizona was in the 3rd quartile of least likelihood of murder. Seems that heat is helpful.
Did the APA get distracted by snowfalls in Hawaii?
As for the 200,000 extra rapes as quoted in the APA report,
The most rapes per 100,000 people committed in the following states
The 3 states above more likely to suffer cold weather have rates of rape per 100,000 inhabitants higher than the national average. At the low end of rapes per 100,000 we have:
Note Hawaii, California and Florida also have rape rates below the national average.
So we can pretty much conclude that the idea global warming will trigger such crimes is not supported by temperatures as they stand. On the contrary Americans should pray for warmer weather to lower the incidence of murder and rape because the stats contradict the studies.