In her guest column, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers misrepresents the effects on Washington consumers of proposed limits on power plants’ climate emissions [“Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state,” Opinion, July 3]. She also perpetuates a head-in-the-sand approach to the coal burning that produces 14 percent of our electricity and 80 percent of Washington’s global-warming pollution from our electricity consumption.
She decries the proposed 72-percent cut in carbon-dioxide emissions, but ignores the fact that the already agreed-upon and scheduled end to coal burning at the Centralia plant will take care of most of that. Continuing the established success of the state’s clean energy law, Initiative 937, and boosting our money-saving energy-efficiency goals would take care of the rest.
McMorris Rodgers is blind to the advantages that come from increasing our investments in energy efficiency and building on the hydropower resources we have with the next generation of renewable resources. Washingtonians have the unique opportunity to draw investments, put people to work and reduce power bills by savings more energy and expanding our new renewable energy options.
Marc Krasnowsky, Seattle