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Category: Cap-and-trade
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…

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July 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Environmental policy: ACES must get better in Senate

Climate legislation doesn’t have watchdogs’ support Recently, a bill called the American Clean Energy and Security Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives. This piece of legislation promises, if it passes the Senate, to create a booming clean-energy economy, and a safer, healthier economy in the process. Not so fast. Truth be told, the ACES bill has…

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July 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cap-and-trade: Legislation would create jobs, innovation

Puget Sound poised to reap benefits of climate bill Rep. Dave Reichert showed great leadership by moving Washington and the nation toward a clean-energy future with the passing of the American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House. Energy independence and conservation transcend politics. This bill will protect our environment, strengthen our economy by creating more…

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July 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Climate change: Is it treason to deny global warming?

Plenty of scientists don’t fall for global-warming myth Editor, The Times: Paul Krugman [“Climate-change deniers commit treason against planet,” Opinion, syndicated columnist, June 30] asks the question, “How can anyone justify failing to act?” He does not mention that earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of carbon dioxide. There are more than 700 scientists who disagree…

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July 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cap-and-trade: heavy burdens or a healthier planet?

Life with cap-and-trade means economy will sink Have you tried to imagine life in the event cap-and-trade becomes law [“Dealmaking climate passes emissions bill,” Close Up, July 1]? The cost of American goods and services will skyrocket, pushing us all into buying even more Chinese products of dubious value. U.S. exports will plummet, being overpriced. Gasoline prices…

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May 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cap-and-trade emissions

System will make U.S. less competitive Columnist Paul Krugman is wrong in thinking America can afford a CO2 cap-and-trade program [“The junk economics surrounding action on climate change,” Opinion, May 2]. Obama’s plan to “cut the deficit in half” relies on $2 trillion in new revenue from 2010-2019. One-third is from CO2 cap-and-trade, and some estimates are…

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April 18, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Transition to clean energy

Capping carbon pollution will end dependence on dirty fuel Most Americans support a cap on carbon pollution, but you wouldn’t know it by reading the news. Powerful interests who want to keep America addicted to fossil fuel are regularly making gross misstatements, and the media are playing right along. In one case, opponents of clean energy misquoted…

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April 14, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Gov. Gregoire on climate change

A disingenuous effort at leadership I read the bullet-ridden special to The Times from Gov. Christine Gregoire about climate change [“Positioning Washington for climate leadership,” Opinion, April 7]. I was surprised that she didn’t take credit for the large reduction in greenhouse gases that has taken place because of our current recession. She also didn’t take…

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March 18, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Washington state Legislature

Something better than cap-and-trade Your Sunday editorial [“Green bill hits red light,” Opinion, March 15] urges the Legislature to continue Washington’s momentum on reducing greenhouse gases. You imply our only choice is the proposed cap-and-trade system or nothing, and overlook the primary alternative: a straightforward tax on carbon. Unlike cap-and-trade, a carbon tax could begin immediately, sets…

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March 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Start cap-and-trade now

Fiddling while the planet burns Given the current economic downturn, it is not surprising that our state senators should turn conservative and try to “hold the course” by rejecting perceived tax increases such as cap-and-trade and reversing voter-approved increases in wind power. Unfortunately, these actions do not “keep what we got” but rather pour fuel on the…

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