Did you know that in the U.K. last year about 24,000 people died from the cold of winter because they couldn’t afford heat? And that was a mild winter. According to the Telegraph, this year they are expecting something like 30,000 people to essentially freeze to death since the winter has been long and especially cold. It is mostly the elderly, of course, as well as young children and the disabled. The article linked above notes that with the focus on ‘global warming’ the reaction to the deaths of 2,000 from a heat wave in 2003 garnered huge amounts of news articles, government subsidies for combating heat-related deaths, money spent preparing Britain for snowless winters and summers of unheard of hotness, and so forth that has continued — while aid for heating in the winter for the elderly has come under the chopping block. It seems bizarre to me that, in this day and age, so many people can regularly freeze to death in their homes in a first-world nation and no one takes notice.