Calls for Physician Activism on 'Climate Change' Misdirected, States Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)

TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Americans and other peoples of the world are facing grave threats to their health and well-being, states the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Calls for "climate change" activism are a politically motivated distraction, AAPS believes.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary Hillary Clinton, and Hollywood celebrities claim that the hydrocarbons fueling our economy are a greater threat than Ebola virus or ongoing and threatened slaughter by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, notes AAPS.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has joined the chorus with an editorial stating that war and poverty are "issues [that] need to be resolved by generals and politicians. Climate change, on the other hand, is an area that requires the direct involvement of physicians."

"The U.S. medical system is under enormous stress because of ObamaCare," states AAPS executive director Jane Orient, M.D. "Also there are shortages of many essential drugs, even intravenous fluids. Thousands of children are being admitted to hospitals for a previously rare virus, enterovirus D-68. And Ebola will inevitably arrive in the U.S., according to the CDC."

"Physicians need to concern themselves with meeting patients' needs and preparing for public health emergencies," she added. "Billions are spent on climate models, which obliterate past natural warming such as the Medieval Climate Optimum. Lavish world conferences and ceaseless public relations campaigns promote unproved theories of man-made climate change. Meanwhile, we remain extremely vulnerable to pandemics."

Do physicians have a "responsibility to combat climate change," as AMA asserts? "There is absolutely nothing physicians can do about climate," Orient replies. "The Obama Administration and its allies want physicians to support the war on coal—which generates 40 percent of our electricity. Access to affordable energy is critical to our patients' economic well-being and therefore their health."

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943 to preserve private medicine and the patient-physician relationship.

CONTACT: Jane M. Orient, M.D., (520) 323-3110, janeorientmd@gmail.comSource:Association of American Physicians and Surgeons