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February 15, 2009 at 4:00 PM

“Cap and invest” bill

The vehicle needed to move forward

I’m writing this for the sake of my younger, 16-year-old sister. She can’t vote yet, but I’m sure if she finds out about the problems outlined in the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group’s new report [“Report: Climate change to wallop state,” Local News, Feb. 11] she will endlessly bug her big brother until I do something to care for her future.

You can help me ensure that she enjoys the quality of life we’ve enjoyed by urging our state legislators to pass Gov. Christine Gregoire’s “cap and invest” bill that is moving in the Legislature right now. This is the vehicle to allow Washington to move forward with the Western Climate Initiative.

We reduce our global-warming pollution and help shape the federal government’s forthcoming climate legislation so Washington’s citizens and businesses benefit. To me, this is common sense.

Washington has unique needs, so let’s define what is right for our state by passing this legislation. I was one of 160 people who attended the Feb. 3 hearings in support of these bills and heard many speak in favor, including McKinstry, Northwest Carpenters, Solid Ground, Weber Shandwick, Seattle Northwest Securities, Spokane Alliance and Sound Alliance.

In his testimony, respected economist Bob Doppelt from the University of Oregon made very clear the cost to taxpayers and businesses. Like many good folks in this state, I am not interested in paying more for the inevitable increase in health and food costs and fighting forest fires.

I insist, endlessly if I must, that our state leaders pass the “cap and invest” bill to help protect our children and our economy.

— Conner Sharpe, Seattle

Beware of experts

Thanks for your front-page report on the Washington climate-change study.

A few years ago, our nation allowed its president to take us to war based upon an unsubstantiated theory that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and might use them, despite the fact experts (weapons inspectors) said there were none.

Thousands of lives later, we learned the experts were correct.

Another group of experts have told us unless we reduce our CO2 emissions, global

warming may take the lives of all future generations.

When former President Bush said we can’t wait for a mushroom cloud, most people accepted this theory. Now, many of the same people say the climate-change experts have not absolutely proven global warming is man-made or even that it is occurring.

They say let’s wait and see. Even Bush has given up on this idea.

— Robert Jeffers-Schroder, Seattle

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