Climate change arguments are weak
Bolstering the manmade-global-warming-"debate's over" president's war on coal, your editorial's troubling.
You lead with "most scientists agree" cause-effect relationships.
Climate scientist Judith Curry, chair of Georgia Tech's School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, disagrees.
"Until we understand natural climate variability better, we cannot reliably infer sensitivity to greenhouse gas forcing or understand its role in influencing extreme weather events," she testified before Congress in April.
You label Rolling Stone's politically biased article "insight," insinuating scientific "analysis" and "report."
In it, a Miami geologist proclaims, "Miami ... is doomed." The writer alleges, "In the not-so-distant future, rising waters will certainly drown Miami."
Who knows? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's December 2012 "Global Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States National Climate Assessment" estimated worst-case, global, average, sea-level rise exceeds six feet by 2100.
But NOAA's best-case global? Eight inches. And for Miami, another NOAA analysis suggests about nine-inch rise per century.
"The time to wonder has passed," you declare. Only if you dismiss the scientific method as have advocacy journalists and politicized scientists.
You also sensationalize fear: "Will America's seaboard drown, while the rest of the nation suffers worse wildfires, floods, droughts, tornados, hurricanes and other weather tragedies?"
Who knows? Will our economy drown from your specious advocacy?
C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Dialysis services are under threat
As a nurse and administrator of five local dialysis facilities, I care for some of the most chronically ill patients in West Virginia. That's why I'm worried about new Medicare cuts announced on July 1. The cuts could result in reduced dialysis services and facility closures at a time when kidney disease is escalating. It's heartbreaking and unjust to make critically ill people accept reduced care or travel longer distances for life-saving dialysis.
Kidney disease now affects one in seven Americans and is the eighth-leading cause of U.S. death. As the disease progresses to kidney failure, individuals must seek transplantation (which is uncommon) or go for dialysis three times a week to stay alive.