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Category: Energy
February 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Keystone XL pipeline: A boon to the Northwest

I noticed that the senators from Washington voted against the Keystone pipeline [“TransCanada takes steps to acquire Keystone pipeline land,” Nation & World, Jan. 20]. Around a half-century ago, natural-gas pipelines began bringing natural gas to the Northwest from Western states and Canada. Today, about half of our natural gas comes to the Northwest…


Comments | More in Energy | Topics: energy, Keystone XL, natural gas

December 2, 2014 at 4:31 PM

The benefits to Puget Sound Energy’s coal switch

We are in agreement with the excellent guest column by three Western Washington mayors asking Puget Sound Energy (PSE) to step away from coal power, and we appreciate their leadership and forward-thinking [“You might be surprised by Puget Sound Energy’s coal power supply,” Opinion, Nov. 18]. We have a great opportunity to create family-wage…


Comments | More in Energy | Topics: alternative energy, Anne Newcomb, coal power

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…


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…


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


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…


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…


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


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

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