I’m starting a new weblog

Because two blogs aren’t enough, obviously.

So, The Green New Deal was put forward without an explanation of how to implement it. I have started a weblog to try and show ways in which the principal elements of The Green New Deal could actually work. It is here: https://thegreennewwave.com/

Here is a sample: If all elements of the Green New Deal were successfully put in place, what would America look like?

Umm, Norway, maybe? They currently have an unemployment rate of 3.9%, similar to our current level in the U.S. They were the first country to provide universal health coverage with a single payer system, way back in 1902. College is basically free there, and more than a third of the population has a degree. 99% of their electricity comes from renewable resources. Energy efficiency of homes and buildings in Norway has improved by more than 30% since 2000.

If we adopt the Green New Deal, that’s pretty much what we would see in America.

So how does having those elements of the GND affect the lives of Norwegians?

Well, life expectancy is 84.3 years for women and 80.9 years for men, compared to 78.6 for adults in the U.S. Norway has the second highest score in the Happiness Index, 7.59. The US is 18th on the list, with a score of 6.89.

4 responses to “I’m starting a new weblog

  1. Um, no. More likely a third world country, with short life spans. Because no one will be able afford energy.

  2. I see those “life expectancy” numbers frequently thrown around to support the false claim that American healthcare is worse than European healthcare, and that’s highly misleading. Here’s why.

    Life expectancy numbers are heavily affected by death rates among young people. Most deaths of young people are accidental deaths, murders, etc., that have little or nothing to do with quality of healthcare, but when a young person dies for any reason his death brings down the average lifespan.

    If you really want to measure the quality of a country’s healthcare system, then don’t look at the lifespans of young people, who make little use of the healthcare system, and whose deaths usually have nothing to do with it. Instead, look at the lifespans of people who depend on it: the elderly. American 70-year-olds have longer lifespans than do 70-year-olds in Europe, Canada, etc., because America’s healthcare system is better.

    But the biggest deception used in that ranking is about newborns. The USA has a very poor infant mortality ranking, and American leftists often claim that infant mortality rates in the USA are higher than in Europe. But they’re wrong. The reason that infant mortality rates appear to be lower in Europe is that they don’t count some of their dead newborns.

    In the USA, any baby that draws a breath is given world-class medical care, and if he dies his death is counted as infant morality, no matter how tiny or premature he was. But in most countries with socialized medicine, if a baby is born sufficiently premature, he is given no special care, and is counted as stillborn, and doesn’t count toward the infant mortality rate, even if he lives for hours. The European health care systems save a lot of money that way, but they also break a lot of parents’ hearts.

    Ironically, the fact that American at-risk babies get better, more aggressive care than do European at-risk babies, and have a better chance of survival, is the basis for leftists’ dishonest claim that America has worse infant mortality rates.

    This statistical slight-of-hand also serves to artificially inflate European average lifespans (“life expectancy at birth”), making it appear as though Europeans live longer than Americans, which is also untrue. This false claim, in turn, is often cited by liberal supporters of government-controlled heath care as proof that European health care is better than American health care, when, actually, the opposite is true.

    Here’s an article:
    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/mar/15/opinion/la-oe-conover-health-myths-20120315

    Here’s another:
    http://www.aei.org/outlook/health/global-health/us-health-care-a-reality-check-on-cross-country-comparisons/

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