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Category: Energy
September 15, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Oil exports: Looks for a long-term solution in electric vehicles

The U.S. should not allow our oil to be exported to other countries [“Want lower gas prices? Export more U.S. oil, study says,” Nation & World, Sept. 9]. We don’t have enough oil for our own needs. We have to buy more than $300 billion of oil a year from abroad, half from Organization…

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Comments | More in Electric vehicles, Energy | Topics: electric cars, energy, iraq

September 10, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Solar power: There are better ways to reduce use of fossil fuels

The article about solar power in Washington showed what a sweet deal it can be for those with enough money and sun [“Power clashes cloud solar’s future in Washington,” Local News, Sept. 6]. Due to rebates and subsidies the systems can pay for themselves after a number of years, and then you have…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: fossil fuels, hydropower, solar

September 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Alternative energy: Future costs will be greater than cost of acting now

Every thinking citizen knows we have a giant transition to make, sooner or later, from the gluttonous and unbridled indulgence in cheap energies found below the ground to clean and sustainable alternatives above it [“As wind power surges, opposition grows,” Local News, Sept. 7]. They know that this transition will be stressful, controversial…

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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

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