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Expert: Climate Change to Cause Crime Increase

March 03, 2014  | 

Matthew Ranson, an environmental economist at Cambridge-based Abt Associates, a public policy research and consulting firm, predicts that over the remainder of this century, rising temperatures in the United States will lead to an additional 22,000 murders, 180,000 cases of rape, and 1.3 million burglaries, among other crimes, the Boston Globe reports.

These numbers may sound dramatic, but they’re based on existing crime data and broadly accepted projections for temperature change. Ranson also projects future costs, and estimates that a 5-degree rise in global temperatures over the next century—a middle-of-the-road climate change scenario from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC—will end up costing society $38 billion to $115 billion across the country. He concludes that climate change could have a noticeable impact on how we deploy police and other resources to combat crime.

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MNMarshal @ 3/3/2014 3:48 PM

Every LEO should know that Matthew Ranson is an paid-for hack_mouth piece for the Progressive's radical Cap and Trade system. This system is designed to amass fortunes to the managing banks of the cap and trade credits system. This plan under the guise of reducing greenhouse gasses(GHG) by forcing companies of all sorts to have to purchase a piece of paper saying they can now expend more energy needs from the buying of another smaller company's government granted credit amount. The system was started by former VP Al Gore with leaders from the progressive left, and inchaoots with Goldman Sachs bank. It was set up with the Chicago Climate Exchange. It is a ruse designed to grant governments here and abroad to regulate and gain more control along with making a few banks richer at your expense. Obama's speech, '08," Under my my plan for coal and other energy producers_ electricity rates will necessarily sky rocket. " Ranson's linking crime to made up Global Warming is just another ruse.

Retired NY Boss @ 3/3/2014 7:09 PM

22,000 murders? Better hurry up and get gun control done too.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/3/2014 8:15 PM

I think Mr. Ranson, has been out in the sun to long.

Marshal Fine @ 3/4/2014 5:59 AM

I heard this on TV and spit coffee out of my nose! The article said warmer temps will equal more rapes......... IF that was the case, you worthless hack, Arizona would be the most violent state and your sister could walk down the streets of the south side of Chicago in a bikini with $100 bills attached and be safe... IT's all about taxpayer and consumer dollars... What a bunch of crap. Midterms are coming folks.. VOTE those idiots out that agree with this gibberish. It's money............plain and simple............libtards

Ima Leprechaun @ 3/4/2014 9:13 AM

FOX News says climate change is a myth and all these winter storms we keep seeing on the liberal media are just pictures from years past and none of them really happened. FOX would never lie they always tell the truth on everything. The GOP does not recognize science also contends Climate Change is a myth and the hurricane that hit the east coast also never happened and was a made up story by the liberal media and the GOP never lies.

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