Climate change letter easily debunked
Be careful out there with the hot, humid heat warning provided by reporter Connor Behrens’ June 20 article with the headline: “Officials warn public to stay safe amid hot, humid heat.”
Bruce Warren’s June 26 letter to the editor makes little of that danger by comparing the average high temperature of Las Vegas’ “dry heat” with the local “hot, humid heat” (the heat index) which the officials warned about in the article.
Also, myths quoted by Warren: “Since the 1940s, the mean global temperature has dropped about 2.7 degrees F” and a reference to “the new ice age predicted in Time magazine June 24, 1974.” He also takes out of context: “that the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades.” The source for this actually is referring to the 30 years prior to 1970.
Since 1970, so-called “climate change” (the effect of global warming on climate) is evident. Locally, several of the highest monthly records have occurred in recent years, such as 105 degrees on June 29, 2013, and 106 degrees on Aug. 27, 2011. Since the start of the Industrial Age in the 1700s, global temperatures are warmer due to increased atmospheric greenhouse gases CO2 and methane. The science is extensive.
Climate science skeptic websites have been circulating the doctored (fake) Time magazine covers for several years. Googling easily finds the sources for Warren’s direct quote, one of which lists the John Birch Society as an affiliate.
Richard Antonette, Lake Jackson
San Bernard dredging critic had facts wrong
You published an opinion letter Sunday by Austin resident Kenneth Teague in which he said dredging the river was a “gross misuse” of limited government funds and was not an environmental project. He also claimed it was just “welfare for the rich” so they could drive their boats from their fancy houses into the Gulf. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Roy and I have researched this river for many hours and monitored its water quality once a month for 11 years now. Our data has been recorded in the Texas Stream Team and H-GAC’s Clean Rivers programs. We live on the river — every day — and have watched the river slowly dying with the mouth closure. We are not rich and no longer have a boat.
When the river was dredged in 2009, ecosystem restoration was immediate. Speckled trout came back. Endangered piping plover were spotted starting the first day after the mouth was open. A day after the mouth was open, live squid were caught in a cast net above the Churchill bridge (we had to tell the little boy what they were). Baby and juvenile tarpon were caught miles above the Churchill bridge.
The county proved opening the mouth of the river was an ecosystem restoration to receive the RESTORE Act funding. I submit to you Mr. Teague doesn’t know what he is talking about. In fact, his comments sound like sour grapes as grown on the concrete-covered hills of Austin.
Jan Edwards, Brazoria