People in and around Houston, Texas have begun the arduous work of cleaning and reconstructing the city as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey have receded. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas spoke with Albany’s Rossana Coto-Batres, who is working with immigrants on Harvey relief there.
On the first sunny day in Houston after about 50 inches of rain, residents in the east Houston community of Manchester emerged from their homes and gave thanks that their neighborhood had been spared in the floods. "Mama, yeah, I just feel blessed," said 73-year-old Maria Julia Rodriguez, standing in her driveway in late August and marveling at her luck. "God was looking out for us, I guess."
Whenever I write a piece on global warming, someone will email to call me a "lie-bra-tard," or something similar, and tell me I should be in jail.
Sometimes I try to engage these folks and see if they might be interested in how the science of climate change works and what it has to tell us. Mostly, they aren't. Mostly, what they really want is to score some points. What they really want is an argument.
That's what climate change and climate science has become after all these years.