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Letters to the editor, December 23

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Not so fast

Looks like the climate change, a.k.a. global warming zealots have taken another hit.

A study released Tuesday in the journal Scientific Reports found that snowfall on the highest peak in the Alaska Range has more than doubled since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-19th century.

We all remember scientists like David Viner who concluded that, by now, winter snowfalls would become a very rare and exciting event, thanks to global warming. To paraphrase a famous football coach: Not so fast, climate change zealots.

Paul Knopick,

Shamefully unqualified

The new EPA Region 6 administrator, Anne Idsal, expressing uncertainty about climate change, states: "The science is never settled in any particular field."

Evidently, Ms. Idsal does not recognize that chlorofluorocarbons destroy the earth's ozone layer, that cigarette smoking causes cancer, that lead is a neurotoxin, that DDT decimated bird populations or that Denton's air is graded "F" in healthfulness.

Science makes tentative assessments based upon the weight of evidence. If a scientific theory, such as climate change, is supported by expanding independent research, which it is, the more likely it is that the theory is true, not false.

That a theory is not settled and that there may be uncertainty should not be grounds to deny, delay or doubt as Ms. Idsal, who declares she is not a hard scientist, does.

Denial, delay and doubt are not used to protect the public health and safety, or the environment. They are used in the service of the polluters and poisoners.

Ms. Idsal is shamefully unqualified for protecting the environment.

She is, however, well connected to protect the interests of those who endanger the health and well-being of future generations of Texans.

Ed Soph,