Texas is vulnerable to warming climate | Viewpoints, Outlook | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
As you sit by the pool and sweat this summer, one book you should be reading is The Impact of Global Warming on Texas (University of Texas Press, June 2011, second edition).Flashback: Record cold high temperature set for May 2 in Dallas area - Dallas Weather | Examiner.com
It is a particularly appropriate read as we suffer through the hellish summer of 2011. While it is unknown exactly how much human activities are contributing to this summer's unpleasant weather, one lesson from the book is clear: Get used to it. The weather of the 21st century will be very much like the hot and dry weather of 2011.
There are few qualified atmospheric scientists who would argue with the assessment in the book. And there are none in Texas. Attempts over the last few years to stage a debate in Texas about the science of climate change have required flying a skeptic in from out of state.
...This summer, for example, Texans with air conditioning are paying quite a bit more for electricity to cool their houses than they have in the past.
Thus, there is no free lunch: Either we pay to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases or we pay for the impacts of a changing climate.
Economists have looked at this problem repeatedly over the last two decades and virtually every mainstream economist has concluded that the costs of reducing emissions are less than the costs of unchecked climate change - the only disagreement is on the optimal level of emissions reductions.
... First, we need to stop arguing about science.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport recorded a high of 53 degrees for May 2nd, a new record low maximum temperature for the date. The previous record was 57 in 1994, so this record was truly shattered.