Letters to the Editor - Heat data, climate change, solar panels, electric cars

Letters to the Editor – Heat data, climate change, solar panels, electric cars

Huge imbalance

Re: “Feds unveil dashboard of heat data — Site designed for public, grid officials, other decision-makers,” Wednesday Metro & Business story.

When reading about the new heat.gov website in this story, I couldn’t help but marvel at how we have so far responded to climate change. Tools like this are useful for the public’s understanding of how extreme heat affects health, and for communicating to the public that we can expect temperatures for a third of the year to be over 90 degrees in Dallas.

At this point, though, the imbalance between how much we know about the effects and what we’re doing about it is approaching absurdity. It’s like trying to get in shape by wearing three fitness trackers on each arm but having no plan for diet or exercise.

We need a plan and that means sound policy from our elected officials. With the election coming up, why aren’t the candidates shouting about this from the rooftops?

Zane A. Bartlett, Dallas

Let’s talk policy

I was glad to read about the topic of increasing temperatures where we live. It is hard to imagine a future where a third of the year will be over 90 degrees!

It’s important to hear about these problems because although they are big challenges to overcome, they are not without solutions. There are many ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, so I think it’s necessary to discuss the tools we have at our disposal. I would like to hear more about what policies there are to help combat climate change, and which ones our representatives endorse.

Eric Gallegos, Dallas/Pleasant Grove

The clock is ticking

President Joe Biden must declare a national climate emergency before it is too late. The consequences of man-made, global warming and pollution are no longer in the future, but are being visited upon us now, and the future looks worse every day.

Climate change is a crisis that affects us in many ways. Eighty percent of the United States experienced a heat wave last year, sea level rise has already caused millions of people to migrate, catastrophic weather events and wildfires are increasing, and we are already seeing unprecedented food and water shortages due to droughts and floods.

It is up to governments, with the United States taking the lead, to take action to significantly replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. A declaration of a climate emergency will unlock many important executive powers that Biden could use to help us achieve the ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The window of opportunity to save the planet is rapidly closing. The time for action is now.

Alan Kazdoy, Far North Dallas

Solar panels everywhere

Re: “More solar panels, please,” by Jan Neher, July 22 Letters.

I wholeheartedly agree with Neher’s letter suggesting solar panels on every rooftop. If the government is so interested in renewable green energy, then they should pay for the installation of solar panels — residential and commercial. That would be a way for every residential family to benefit, save money, enjoy a better climate and contribute to the environment.

In addition, all the money allocated during the COVID-19 crisis should be redirected to this effort. Every state should contribute to this effort as well. This should be the No. 1 objective of this state and country.

While we are at it, we should build at least 12 new nuclear power plants around Texas to contribute low-cost, clean energy to the grid. This is a proven technology and has been refined over the last 50 years. Example: the Comanche Peak facility. This way we can get rid of those ugly windmills forever!

This way, the Texas grid and Public Utility Commission of Texas can be minimized, and we can move on to some other thing to worry about.

Clay Mann, Garland

Here’s what should happen

It would seem reasonable that all new residential, commercial and apartment builders coming to Texas should pay the $1.5 billion for the electrical grid upgrade since they are the ones who created the increased need. Texans are already hurting from increased property taxes, especially those on fixed incomes.

I know it’s not gonna happen. They will shift the costs to the little guy, and the gap will continue to widen between the haves and have-nots.

John Thorngren, Shady Shores

Misleading cartoon

The July 23 editorial cartoon about electric cars was silly and misleading. Electric cars charge mostly overnight when demand on the grid is low. The time when we need to curtail our electricity use is in the afternoon. Check out ERCOT’s real-time panels to see the comparison between demand and supply at ercot.com. These show that between 2 and 6 in the afternoon, demand peaks at over 70 MW, but overnight it drops to 50 when the cars are mostly charging.

Robert Stern, Dallas

Waiting for this report

On June 6, U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Jim Banks, Steve Scalise and Elise Stefanik held a press conference and announced that they would be conducting their own Jan. 6 investigation. When asked when the report would be completed, McCarthy answered it would be published in a few weeks. I have been anxiously awaiting the report. Just wondering if anyone has heard an update on its release.

Paul Dreimiller, Plano

I need to save the date

Tell me again when Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is going to trial?

David Perryman, Princeton

Spotlighting gerrymandering

Re: “Numbers on bias crunched — None of 1.5M maps generated as gerrymandered as Texas’ pick,” Tuesday Metro & Business story.

Kudos to The Dallas Morning News for running this story. Kudos to Jessica Rodriguez for writing it. And kudos to the Southern Methodist University people involved in Unbiased Maps Texas for this research on gerrymandering in Texas. “Thumb on the scale” indeed!

It deserves to be widely read by your subscribers.

Arnold Grothues, Arlington

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