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October 12, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Green energy

Change starts with us

Editor, The Times:

I know every person in this country is concerned with the current state of the economy. I think it’s important to also remember the status of the climate and what it implies for all of us. We can combine these two problems to create a better economy, green jobs and a cleaner environment [“Study forecasts 4 million ‘green’ jobs,” Times, Business & Technology, Oct. 2].

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The Wanzek 80-megawatt wind-farm project in Dayton, Wash.

A clean-energy economy will create millions of new green jobs that cannot be outsourced. This is what America desperately needs.

Oil and coal companies have spent millions lobbying and advertising to stop the change to clean energy. I find this disgusting as an American who desperately wants to stop the climate crisis for my children.

It is time we stand up to oil companies and bring attention to the positive alternatives and the ability for us to revitalize our economy with great jobs, clean renewable energy and a healthy climate for our children.

— Erin Seitz-Wilson, Maple Valley

We’re smarter than this

I cannot fathom how we as a nation can be so stupid. We still have not come up with new technologies to free the U.S. from foreign dependency of energy and haven’t solved the climate crisis.

It really is a no-brainer.

There could be so many jobs created here with the $600,000 per hour we send out of the country.

Our leaders have to be smarter and demand that this happens.

–Linda Heinz, Snohomish

Waste wood? Duh

An appropriate response to Wednesday’s announcement that the city will produce energy from waste wood should elicit both a cheer and a “duh” [“Waste wood to heat downtown Seattle buildings,” news, Oct. 8].

It’s not a new or an exotic technology, just the employment of a tiny paradigm tweak in the direction of appropriate technology — a redefinition of what constitutes “waste.”

Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll get serious and realize that sunlight is power and that rain, like river water, can be used and reused on its way through our homes and cities. Furthermore, rain and sun can be shared with society or simply employed right where they fall with no transmission losses.

Of course, the most elegant and efficient energy-production equivalent is conservation, an art barely addressed in our country.

— Jeff Collum, Seattle

We don’t want more-of-the-same

Clean coal? Drill, baby, drill?

What happened to wind and solar?

I’m a little concerned when listening to the presidential candidates talk about alternative energy.

Wind and solar, two of our cleanest and most viable alternative energy solutions, seem to be getting pushed further down the list in favor of nuclear, clean coal and offshore drilling. This is our clean-energy plan of the future?

While all options need to be explored, the priority needs to be put on clean-energy solutions, not solutions backed by big business and powerful lobbies. We need leaders in business and government who are willing to stand up for what we truly need, and no matter who gets into the White House, millions of Americans will be watching closely to see which green-energy solutions will be rolled out first.

Will it be truly clean energies, or will it be polished-up versions of more-of-the-same?

–Norman Bell, Seattle

What happens when the well runs dry?

Our nation must pay more attention to the environmental damage we are causing.

Global warming is a real issue that is frequently pushed aside. We know where we are going and how we are getting there but we stand by and do nothing.

Why must we keep drilling for more oil? The well will run dry and we will wish we had not destroyed our ozone.

We should be investing in cleaner and more efficient power. Solar power provides an immeasurable energy source and is environmentally friendly. Our cars could run on this energy if only we invested some time and money into it rather than into drilling for more oil.

–Eric Bergen, Bellevue

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