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April 18, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Transition to clean energy

Capping carbon pollution will end dependence on dirty fuel

Most Americans support a cap on carbon pollution, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the news. Powerful interests who want to keep America addicted to fossil fuel are regularly making gross misstatements, and the media are playing right along.

In one case, opponents of clean energy misquoted an MIT study so badly that the study’s author wrote to them in protest, saying their claims were “… wrong in so many ways, it’s hard to begin.” And inevitably, that misinformation was repeated on TV and in newspapers across the country.

The record needs to be set straight. Capping carbon pollution will ignite the transition to clean energy and end our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. And it will put America on a path toward economic recovery by creating tens of thousands of American jobs that cannot be shipped overseas, while consumers and businesses benefit from stable energy prices.

The economy can’t wait, the climate crisis can’t wait, and the archaic die-hards of a bygone petroleum era need to join the 21st century or get out of the way.

— Jarom Shewell, Puyallup

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