23 May '12, 2pm

Heartland adviser: Heat waves only kill people who were basically dead already

The Guardian ’s Suzanne Goldenberg is actually braving the Heartland Institute conference this week. And it’s totally worth it, because she’s coming out with quotes of horrifying callousness , like this one, from Heartland policy adviser John Dunn: “Warm is good for people, and it’s particularly good for people as they get older,” said Dunn. “The people that warm spells kill are already moribund.” He went on to say that only extreme cold caused extra deaths. Let us translate: Hey, old people! Sorry about that heat wave that killed you. You were going to die anyway, so no sweat, OK? The next speaker wanted to revive the use of DDT. Another thought Mitt Romney wasn’t doing enough to pump up oil and gas. Good thing these guys are running out of money .

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