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

December 10, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Will Congress follow up or fall short on renewable energy

President Obama has initiated the push, now the Senate and House must come together

On Thursday, the president ordered the federal government to almost triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020 [“Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent,” Online, Dec. 5].

This push by the executive toward a more eco-friendly federal government is one that should be commended and mirrored by Congress. It may seem far-fetched, but if the parties could come together in the U.S. Senate and House and resolve to make key decisions in the fight against global warming we might start to see some progress in Washington, D.C., again. It is the purpose of this article to pose the question: Why can’t an “eco-fed” be a bridge issue between not only the president and Congress but within Congress as well?

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0 Comments | More in Climate change, Energy, Environment | Topics: energy, environment

July 31, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Power companies threatened by solar energy

Continue the conversation Diane Cardwell’s article in The Times only tells a fraction of the story of electric utilities and solar customers, but it is a conversation starter. [“Solar customers costing us, utilities say,” Business, July 31.] What is missing? Costs that utilities create that are borne by customers: climate change, heavy-metal pollution, water consumption, water…

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0 Comments | More in Energy, Environment, Politics | Topics: climate change, electric, power companies

May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Plan would strive to make Seattle carbon neutral by 2050

Seattle should be carbon neutral by 2020 I applaud city leaders for promoting a carbon-neutral plan for Seattle by 2050 [“Seattle plan would make city carbon neutral by 2050,” NWMonday, May 6]. Nevertheless, 2050 is far too distant a target. Most of the council will be dead by then, so it’s really an empty promise to…

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0 Comments | More in Energy, Environment | Topics: carbon neutral, energy, energy-efficient

March 25, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Proposed Keystone XL project creates fear, debate

We are too relaxed about climate change It is no secret by now, to anyone paying attention that the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community is not only that climate change is accelerating alarmingly fast, but that it’s largely being fueled by dirty technologies. As a species, we are far too relaxed about this; I am…

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0 Comments | More in Climate change, Energy, Environment | Topics: Keystone XL Pipeline

March 22, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Inslee makes climate change a priority

Debate about solutions, not reality I am disappointed to see Sen. Doug Ericksen carrying water for Big Oil and Coal by promoting climate-science denial [“Inslee’s passion: climate change,” page one, March 18]. Ericksen said, “Whenever you speak about absolutes about the science being concluded, history is replete with people being proven wrong.” As a business owner,…

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0 Comments | More in Climate change, Energy, Environment, Washington Legislature | Topics: Doug Ericksen, Jay Inslee

March 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Debating the Keystone XL Pipeline

Pipeline will lead to runaway climate change I urge President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline and for your readers to speak out against it [“Obama’s climate goals shape Energy, EPA choices,” News, March 5]. Despite what a few industry-paid climate-denial “scientists” are mouthing, the scientific community as a whole is practically unanimous in validating…

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0 Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Climate change, Energy, Environment | Topics: Barack Obama, Keystone XL Pipeline, oil

March 16, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Hanford cleanup should be a priority

Problem will be more complex, costly if ignored We greatly appreciate the editorial “Keep Hanford a priority” [Opinion, March 11], especially with regard to the tanks that are leaking radioactive waste at the Hanford nuclear reservation. Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility has several unique education programs aimed at keeping the spotlight on the Hanford cleanup. Hazardous…

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0 Comments | More in Energy, Environment, Washington Legislature | Topics: Department of Energy, Hanford, Jay Inslee

March 14, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Obama’s Energy, EPA appointments reflect his climate goals

Stand up to greed Greed may trump efforts to leave our children and their children a healthy planet. Why would anyone invest in the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive fossil fuel on the plant if not out of greed? Be a voice of sanity and let President Obama and locally elected officials know that rejection of the proposed Keystone…

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0 Comments | More in Barack Obama administration, Climate change, Energy, Environment | Topics: Barack Obama, Keystone XL Pipeline, oil

March 3, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Local ‘Green’ strategists support coal-terminal proposals

Corporations benefit from developing countries The ironies concerning the coal-terminal proposal range from coal replacing ancestral Lummi burial grounds to it blowing back across the Pacific as instant karma [“ ‘Green’ strategists now back coal trains,” page one, Feb. 26]. This issue is parallel with the tobacco industry. American smoking continues to decline while corporate profits…

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0 Comments | More in Energy, Environment | Topics: coal, coal industry

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