The Seattle Times recently published a story on how U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., was upset that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee passed an executive order to lessen greenhouse gas emissions [“Montana lawmaker criticizes Washington’s coal-power plan,” Local News, May 12]. This would hurt Montana and Wyoming’s economy because 13 percent of Washington’s energy comes from these states’ coal plants.
Should Americans try to lead by example and reduce emissions of coal, which make up a large amount of climate-warming greenhouse-gas emissions, or keep it going for the safety of our economy? This has become a real struggle for not only Washington citizens but for everyone in the U.S.
Some republicans find the fact that emissions from fossil fuels are causing devastating effects on the climate to be so dangerous to their economic growth that they outright deny what science has found on the issue. Many claim that even though 97 percent of climate scientists believe in human-caused climate change, not all the science is in.
We, as a nation, must turn from the so-called debate over whether it is true and start focusing on how to make the necessary steps to avoid global catastrophe in the future. Inslee has just taken a difficult but needed step toward a better energy future.
Stephen Soike, Seattle