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Category: Energy
August 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Clean coal: Invest instead in solar energy

Earth-moving machines push coal to an intake area, where it is then moved to the units inside the Ameren coal-burning power plant in Meredosia, Ill. (J.B. FORBES / St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010)

Thanks to The Seattle Times for the article on clean coal [“Promise of a ‘clean coal’ future far from reality,” Local News, Aug. 17]. Once again, though, this article reinforces just how much of a myth clean coal is.

Coal harms the environment and climate from the very start: It produces toxic waste and dust when it’s mined; it sheds harmful coal dust when it’s transported by rail; and when burned it’s one of the dirtiest energy sources that

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: clean coal, climate change, energy

July 17, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Tim Eyman’s fade: PDC could use more money

I was amused when reading Danny Westneat’s column concerning Tim Eyman’s initiatives [“Tim Eyman losing support, money from business,” Local News, July 8]. The Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) was created following the passage of an initiative. Qualifying an initiative for the ballot was brutally difficult then too, but it was done with volunteers. Now I…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: Danny Westneat, Miriam Helgeland, Public Disclosure Commission

July 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Stop misrepresenting facts and start expanding renewable energy

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…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: climate change, energy, global warming

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

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

July 9, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Energy policy: Don’t hamper underway efforts to combat climate change

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…

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Comments | More in Climate change, Energy | Topics: climate change, environmental protection agency, U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers

July 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Level the playing field for alternative energy

U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she values innovative approaches to energy generation and renewable energy ["Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state," Opinion, July 2]. I agree. For a stronger economy and more jobs, that is exactly what we need. The problem is: Oil, coal and gas fossil-fuel corporations control 82…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: energy, fossil fuels, Louise Stonington

July 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Reduced cost of natural gas delays conversion to renewable energy

Good, America is reducing emissions ["The real energy revolution shrinking carbon dioxide emissions? It’s fracking," Opinion, June 29].  However, burning natural gas is not the answer.  Fracking operations burn excess methane in flares, and methane (a more potent greenhouse gas) is leaked directly into the atmosphere. The reduced cost of natural gas delays our…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: climate change, energy, environment

May 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Energy exports: Why not conserve resources for domestic consumption?

The Seattle Times article “Economists support more oil, natural-gas exports” [Business/Technology, April 29] led me to question the rationale of these economists when they advocate the export of raw natural resources on the basis of “help(ing) the economy, even if it meant higher fuel prices for consumers.” I see that relatively few individuals and corporations would…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: Bylund Wik, energy exports, fracking

December 12, 2013 at 6:29 AM

GM bailout is still not complete

When GM produces quality cars that exceed fuel efficiency standards, then we can call it a success

While I agree with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on his statement that without the money given to GM the U.S. would have lost over a million jobs and might have slipped further from a recession to a depression, I have to ask why the American people didn’t have a voice in this decision [“$10.5 billion price tag for federal GM bailout,” Business, Dec. 10].

Granted taxpayers cannot be informed on all the issues specific to the auto industry, but, in principle, bailouts should be the topic of a larger discussion and specific legislation regarding when such rescue maneuvers are appropriate.

Today, some say President Obama made good choices that led to a recovering auto industry, but the truth has yet to be revealed. How the money was truly used and how much of the $26.8 billion in cash that GM now has on hand will be “returned” to the tax payers is still an unknown.

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Comments | More in Economy, Energy | Topics: Auto bailout, GM

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