Climate change reporting vital
Re: “Is climate change to blame? Experts say the connection to hot days is complicated, but it sure doesn’t help,” Tuesday Metro & Business story.
I appreciated this story about how scientists are able to attribute specific extreme weather events to man-made climate change. The Climate Shift Index tool from Climate Central mentioned in the story helps to put in perspective how strong the influence from climate change has become.
Tricky as it may be, we nonetheless know that the fingerprints of climate change are all over this brutal, prolonged heat. I would like to see reporting from The Dallas Morning News on the climate positions of all of the candidates leading up to the November midterm elections.
With Yale Climate Connections finding in their Global Warming’s Six Americas report that 6 out of 10 Americans are alarmed or concerned about climate change, and with so many Texans basically sheltering in place from the heat and praying that our electrical grid won’t fail when we need it most, I think this would be very relevant to many readers.
Garrett Pennel, North Dallas
Crypto mining drains power
Texas has been encouraging crypto mining in the state such that they already have more than 1,000 megawatts of power consumption, according to the Texas blockchain industry association. This by itself is far more than ERCOT’s total power margin deficit that led to the conservation appeals on July 11 and 13.
Yet, ERCOT expects crypto miners to consume as much as 6,000 megawatts more by the middle of next year! When Texas doesn’t have the sense to strictly control the addition of such egregious power hogs to the grid, it shows that Texas officials value business bragging rights (and perhaps political contributions?) more than a reliable electrical grid.
Gov. Greg Abbot and our legislators need to get the message that they have still failed to achieve a grid system in Texas that has high reliability by design. Call them to express your concerns and, better yet, vote them out of office.
China knows how dangerous this situation is. They kicked crypto mining out of their country last year. Power capacity, pollution and CO2 all are inherently problematic with crypto mining.
Jay Gurley, Colleyville
Can grid handle schools?
According to ERCOT, the power grid has been at its peak every day due to the unprecedented heat wave. With over 12,000 public school buildings (not to mention private schools and universities) set to open soon, exactly how is that grid going to hold? Gov. Greg Abbott?
Margaret Ladtkow, Dallas/Lake Highlands
Ronstadt belongs in birthdays
In the July 15 birthdays listing, there was a glaring omission of Linda Ronstadt. She has received 11 Grammys and many other awards, many top 10 hits and sold over 100 million records. In the 1970s, she was arguably the most talented and successful female singer. She greatly surpassed the five people who were listed in popularity and success. So happy belated birthday, Linda!
Steve E. Melton, Dallas/Lake Highlands
State income tax not needed
It seems like every article I read about increasing property taxes blames higher property values. Then there is a discussion that we need a state income tax or some other tax to help offset this increase.
Your property taxes due are simply your assessed value of your property times a tax rate. Simply have your school board members or city council members lower the tax rate to keep your tax dollars due the same.
Another tax solves nothing. Your house going up in value is a good thing. If real estate goes down in value, I assure you they will increase the tax rate. So why shouldn’t we expect a significant tax rate drop to keep our taxes due similar to previous year?
Frank Wagnon, Southlake
Stain on Saudi Arabia
A fist bump for the leader of a country that bumps off its critics? I believe President Joe Biden should not have met the Saudi Prince.
The death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi is still a stain on the Saudi leader and his country. The ongoing attacks on journalists and journalism in general must always be called out. Governments should protect journalists’ freedom, and that starts with condemning these events and certainly sunning anyone implicated or associated with them.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Melbourne, Australia
Lacrosse coverage missing
I was disappointed that The Dallas Morning News did give more coverage to the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship held in Maryland. The U.S. team won the championship and was first ever to do so on home turf. More disappointing was the lack of congrats to Dallas’ own Charlotte North, a two-time winner of Tewaaraton Award (lacrosse’s equivalent to the Heisman Award), as a valued member of the gold-winning team. Might I remind The Dallas Morning News that there are sports other than football.
Mary Ann Climer, Dallas/North Oak Cliff
Thankful for U.S. freedoms
When I publicly voice my opinions through this newspaper’s editorial page, I feel that I am no different than those who do likewise, even ones whose views are unlike mine. And I don’t see that I am being treated differently than anyone else. It’s a fact that not everything I submit will see the printed page, but when it does, I know our First Amendment’s guarantee is working and I get a very good feeling from that.
I’m sure it’s much the same for anyone else who gets that same little bit of publicity. They, as I do, should place great value on that guarantee. I also know that there are countries in this world where it’s quite different, where citizens live in fear for their lives should they dare to speak out.
We here in the U.S. are fortunate beyond words with all of the freedoms we have. I will thankfully continue on.
Richard Street, Carrollton
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