U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ guest column in the Seattle Times [“Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state,” Opinion, July 2] is a good review of hydropower, but not of climate change.
McMorris Rodgers complains that the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules on power plants could “cause Washington families to see higher energy bills … and hurt moms and dads already struggling to make ends meet.”
She notes that the EPA would require Washington state to cut carbon emissions by 72 percent. Scientists have suggested that all areas of the world cut emissions by 80 percent to avoid dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Washington could take the lead and help avoid the consequences of climate change that would hurt moms and dads everywhere.
We have the resources, financial and intellectual, to find ways to lead the nation and the world in reducing carbon emissions as soon as possible to the level considered safe by scientists.
William McPherson, Seattle