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A recent data analysis performed by BuzzFeed News estimates that there were 702 deaths from Winter Storm Uri in Texas in February, nearly five times higher than the state’s official death toll.
Using excess mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), researchers were able to ascertain that 702 people died from causes likely related to the big freeze, according to an analysis by Buzzfeed News.
The state’s final official tally stands at 151.
The historic cold’s accompanying power outages affected a whopping 69 percent of Texans.
The average length of time without power was 42 hours, according to a University of Houston study — although many homes went for as long as five days.
According to the same study, 4.5 million homes and businesses were without power at the peak of the blackout, with the economic toll expected to be as high as $295 billion.
Half of Texans lost access to water during the event.
Three-quarters of people had difficulty obtaining groceries.
71 percent not being able to access internet service.
While 63 percent even lacked access to bottled water.
The majority of the official excess deaths were associated with hypothermia. In ordinary terms: “They froze to death, some in their beds, like an 11-year-old boy in Conroe,” reads a guest editorial at dentonrc.com.
Others died of carbon monoxide poisoning after burning all-sorts of outdoor appliances inside, in desperation.
Some perished because of medical equipment failure, such as when their last oxygen tank ran empty.
While others died of fire, as was the case with three children and their grandmother in Sugar Land — all killed in a blaze suspected to have started near the fireplace they had used to keep warm. Their mother, Jackie Nguyen, who had to be physically restrained from going back into the house to save them, described her children as “phenomenal, amazing, little badass humans.”
And as tragically high as the official death toll stands, hundreds upon hundreds of additional excess deaths have gone uncounted by the state.
One such victim was Julius Gonzales, 80, a retired maintenance worker.
Gonzales was on dialysis and, following the loss of power at the clinic that provided his care, he was forced to endure freezing temperatures in his trailer home in the low 20s Fahrenheit, where he passed away.
His official death certificate merely states cardiovascular disease as the cause of death, but his wife Mary believes otherwise, telling BuzzFeed News, “I believe the cold made him to where his heart just gave out.”
Another uncounted victim, Gerald Herring, 70, an Army veteran living in Sugar Land who had undergone surgery for a torn heart valve a few years ago, became unresponsive and died not long after his home lost power.
Herring’s passing was officially listed as a natural death attributed to cardiovascular disease caused by high blood pressure and narrowed arteries; however, his sons believe the cold was the ultimate catalyst, stating it “wouldn’t have happened that day” had the power not been out.
COLD-WEATHER ACCOUNTS FOR 94% OF TEMPERATURE-RELATED DEATHS
A 2020 study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago reveals that it is the COLD which should concern us, not the heat.
The study’s summary/abstract opens by dutifully laying out the AGW Party line (well how else would it have gotten published in the journal Environmental Research), but then attaches the hard-facts at the end:
“With the number of extreme weather days rising around the globe in recent years due to global warming, it is no surprise that there has been an upward trend in hospital visits and admissions for injuries caused by high heat over the last several years. But cold temperatures are responsible for almost all temperature-related deaths.”
According to the study, which looked at hospital visits in Illinois between 2011 and 2018, “the crude annual inpatient admission incidence rate was more than four-fold higher for cold injuries compared to heat injuries (10.2 vs 2.4 per 100,000 people),” and, crucially, patients who died because of cold temperatures were responsible for 94 percent of temperature-related deaths.
The paper, in its desperate attempt to get published, crowbars in the claim that, “With the decrease in the number of cold weather days over the last several decades, we still see more deaths due to cold weather as opposed to hot weather” — but this assertion isn’t backed up by any facts.
In fact, when the researchers looked at inpatient and outpatient heat- and cold-related injuries that required a hospital visit, they identified 23,834 cold-related cases and 24,233 heat-related cases –so roughly 50-50– and among these patients, there were 1,935 cold-related deaths and just 70 heat-related deaths.
We humans have become obsessed with demonizing heat, but this stance makes no sense.
History shows us periods of warmth should be embraced for they bring about great advances to the civilzation of the time. And today, these past few decades of stable warmth have unquestionably assisted in our own modern technical advancements.
EVERY great civilization has risen and thrived during times of consistent heat. It is the times of COLD which have been the catalyst for ancient political turmoils and societal collapses:
“Currently, the public health community focuses almost exclusively on heat injury,” said Lee Friedman, associate professor and corresponding author on the paper, who concluded: “Our data demonstrate that improved awareness and education are needed around the risk for cold injuries.”
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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