In reading your editorial "Nature isn't lying to us" [July 29], I am struck by the contradictions. You state that it isn't certain that violent storms and drought are signs of climate change, yet you call for drastic measures to address climate change.
You ignore the cold stormy weather in Europe and China, and pretend that the heat and drought in the Midwest are signs we cannot ignore. These are not a new phenomena, as anyone who looks at weather patterns from the 1950s can attest.
If climate change is truly an issue, it is a world issue and cannot be addressed by the United States alone. Unless India and China also act, there will be little effect on the world's gaseous output. Perhaps they saw the report from NASA that Earth's atmosphere is shedding much more heat than most global warming models assume.
Paul Sheridan, Hicksville
The editorial is misleading in several ways.
Cycles occur in nature -- drought/flooding, hot/cold, extreme/average, etc. Long-term cycles, say 100-year cycles, are hard for humans to correctly observe.
The dust bowl drought occurred just some 80 years ago. It too was blamed on human activity, but was not mentioned in the editorial. We may be in the pit of that cycle.
The observation, "Scientists overwhelmingly agree that human activity is warming the planet," is inappropriate since science is a search for the truth, not consensus. Thomas Kuhn in his study of scientists' behavior, found the crowd believed a theory even after sound proof was given of the error in that belief. James Lovelock, 92, father of the Gaia theory that the Earth is a living being, admitted in April that he had overstated the case for manmade global warming, telling MSNBC, "We don't know what the climate is doing."
Some of us may be lying to ourselves, perhaps to promote alternative energy projects.
Gunther Geiss, Southold
Editor's note: The writer is a former professor of business at Adelphi University.