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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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 thatMore
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…More
Nice to read that the chief executive of Harley Marine Services, who stands to make a fair amount of money from oil trains, is in favor of them [“The economy needs oil trains,” Opinion, July 10]. Taking Harley Franco’s money gain out of this equation, let’s look at a few other facts: First, the oil…More
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…More
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 toMore