|Hospitals to go green at the expense of patient care?|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Friday, 13 November 2009 12:47|
The Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle revealed environmentalists advocating for Africans to use only renewable energy, warning them "not to become addicted to fossil fuels". As a result, the Africans slapped an expensive solar panel on top of their doctor's office and promptly realized they had a choice: they could either turn on the lights in the hospital, or store blood.
This story illuminates that it does take more energy to treat the sick. Yet, a recent study at the University of Chicago touts 10 percent of carbon emissions come from health care entities. Environmentalists say hospitals need to follow green building codes and a recycling program. They say the health care industry needs a "perspective overhaul."
If only environmentalists would overhaul their perspective! Why should hospitals rebuild and reuse when many patients already struggle with the cost of health care? Personally, I would have been happy to see if hospitals were responsible for 20 percent of carbon emissions. The more energy expounded would have resulted in more lives saved.
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