Letters to the Editor, March 31

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 04:13 PM

Looking at numbers on climate change

Robert Medred states in the The Herald-Sun that he is a meteorologist and that he has "never seen a scientific study documenting a claim that 97 percent of 'scientists' agree that mankind is responsible for warming the earth's climate."

I am not a scientist or a meteorologist, but I have a computer and an Internet connection. About 15 seconds of research using these tools reveals that that this study was conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 21, 2010. The academy questioned 1,372 scientists. It found that the 3 percent who were not convinced by the current evidence had an average level of expertise below their colleagues.

Moreover, these findings are echoed in official statements from The American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Medical Association, American Physical Society, and indeed the American Meteorological Society, which in an information statement released Aug. 20, 2012, concluded that the "observed changes are beyond what can be explained by the natural variability of the climate" and that "the dominant cause of the rapid change ... is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases."

J. R. Smith Jr.


Rewarding criminal behavior

Congratulations!  The Herald-Sun has sunk to a new low with the recent editorial “Let undocumented drive legally.”

Rewarding criminal behavior with N.C. driving privileges will only increase the future infiltration of more “undocumented”(illegal immigrants), and further undermine the cherished rule of law that makes our country so great. 

If the “undocumented” were, according to your article, responsible for one out of every seven crashes, a responsible newspaper would seek to end this insanity. How many citizens of North Carolina have been maimed and killed by these “undocumented” drivers who should not be living here to begin with? Your editorial is drenched in the blood of their innocent crash victims.

Ed Weintraub 

Chapel Hill

Durham ideal for solar revolution

I was excited to read Mebane Rash’s guest column (“Small town embraces solar -- could Durham?” March 30), and couldn’t agree more.

In fact, I would argue that Durham is better positioned to take advantage of the solar revolution than almost any other city across North Carolina. We’ve got a winning combination of research institutions like Duke and Research Triangle Park, a track record of innovation and entrepreneurialism, a population supportive of clean energy solutions, and plenty of rooftop space.

Committing to a goal of getting 15 percent of it’s electricity from solar power by 2030 would allow Durham to brand itself as true solar innovator, which could create jobs and attract more businesses and talent, all while cleaning up our air and water. After all, when was the last time you heard of a solar spill polluting a river? 

David Rogers

The writer is Environment North Carolina’s field director