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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM

Cap-and-trade legislation to address climate change

Acting like an ostrich is not a productive option

Editor, The Times:

The problem with being an ostrich is that while your head may be nice and warm down in the sand, your posterior is dangerously exposed.

In her Aug. 7 guest commentary [“Cap-and-trade takes too much out of working families’ pockets,” Opinion], state Rep. Shelly Short rails against the federal clean-energy policy being negotiated in Congress, but ignores the reasons President Obama has made energy policy one of his top three priorities: continued dependence on fossil fuels and the profound impacts of climate change are a recipe for disaster for this nation, our economy and our children’s future.

Sure, if there weren’t any threats out there, I too would prefer to keep my head in the warm sand of doing what I’ve always done. But I don’t think responsible people can do that to future generations, let alone our own pocketbooks.

It’s time for a national climate and clean energy policy that increases jobs, reduces pollution and gives us more control over our own future. I for one am grateful that Gov. Chris Gregoire, President Obama and congressional leaders are working to address this crisis head on.

— Pam Lewis, Seattle

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