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November 4, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Toward a green economy

This will fix everything

Let’s address the climate crisis and put people to work at the same time with a clean-energy economy fueled by green jobs.

A clean-energy economy will create millions of new green jobs that America desperately needs. Green jobs aren’t just the jobs of the future, they are the jobs of today.

The oil and coal companies have spent millions in lobbying and advertising to block the switch to clean energy. We need to take back this country and re-power America by letting our leaders know that we want this clean-energy economy now.

Americans are ready for bold action. We can revitalize our economy with good jobs, clean, renewable energy and a healthy climate.

— Kim Ledgerwood, Bothell

Everything’s coming up green

For the past eight years, the general public has been “dubbed down” and misled on global climate change and sustainable green issues. We can change this, and hopefully, if and when this is printed, our national election has confirmed this hope.

Your recent commentary was right on mark [“States, cities step up climate-change responses,” syndicated columnist, Oct. 20].

I was in England in September when Prime Minister Gordon Brown created the Ministry of Energy and Climate Change. Brown appeared on the BBC [British Broadcasting Corporation] and stated that Britain’s future will be based on a green-industry economy, to pull their country out of the looming recession.

We in the U.S. have not been fully asleep. There are sustainable industries growing throughout the country. from wind-turbine factories springing up in the “rust belt” to cities competing to be the most green. These are just the beginnings of our own U.S. green-industry birth.

The U.S. Green Building Council, with our local Cascadia chapter taking the lead on many issues and Mayor Greg Nickel’s climate change agreements, now 700 plus strong, is creating a strong Northwest presence nationally.

We need a collaborative federal mandate, federal funding and a Department of Climate Change and Sustainable Energy.

— Paul Crane, Seattle

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