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July 10, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Energy: Political spin on reduction targets deceiving the public

Roughly 70 percent of the state’s CO2 emissions from power plants come from the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia. It must stop burning coal in 2025 under state legislation. (Steve Ringman / The Times)

After reading U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers guest column “Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state” [Opinion, July 3], I was compelled to research the facts about this issue and contacted the Northwest Clean Air Agency and the state Department of Ecology. At best she is very misinformed. At worst she is deceiving the public.

The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring a 72-percent reduction in the rate of carbon emissions, not a 72-percent reduction in the mass of carbon emissions. And, according to the Department of Ecology, the already-planned closure of the Centralia TransAlta coal-fired power plant by 2025 will provide for about half of this 72 percent required reduction. Why McMorris Rodgers doesn’t account for this fact is suspicious. This makes her alarmist statements appear disingenuous and overinflated.

I believe every citizen and voter needs to take the time to ascertain what is fact and what is spin. Of course, it is possible that this column might have been crafted to pander to a factional constituency in which facts don’t really matter.

Jeff Voltz, Blaine

Comments | More in Energy | Topics: climate change, environmental protection agency, global warming

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