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January 16, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Climate change: Don’t react to oil prices by selling electric cars

Regarding the article “Will drivers keep plugging in to electric cars as gas prices fall?” [Local News, Jan. 6]: In this economy, Herman Brigg’s desire to save money by giving up his electric car is understandable, but also extremely shortsighted. Such action will be bad for both his finances and the environment. Oil companies…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, electric cars

December 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The benefit of a carbon-neutral plan

We’re fortunate to have an activist governor on climate change, so I hate to quibble. But as The Seattle Times suggests in a recent editorial, “A revenue-neutral approach — one that would mitigate consumer’s costs of a carbon tax — would be both less financially risky and more politically viable in the divided Legislature,” than…

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Comments | More in Budget, Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, global warming

December 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The best option

The Seattle Times editorial “Inslee’s budget goals are good; approach is risky” [Opinion, Dec. 21] was inconclusive. On one hand, the editorial says that “climate change is real and serious, and Inslee’s plan to ease the state away from carbon usage is an important goal.” But then says, “Linking revenue from a new cap-and-trade…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Ben Serrurier, can-and-trade, carbon tax

December 21, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Sinking oil prices: Oil prices don’t reflect its true cost

Low oil prices aren’t really so great for consumers or the economy when the full cost is taken into account [“Why oil prices are plunging, what it means for you,” Nation & World, Dec. 16]. Major insurers, the Pentagon, most major employers and even some oil companies agree that there will be immense…

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Comments | More in Oil | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, Davis Oldham

November 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Climate change: Carbon tax is the best solution

NRG Energy Chief Executive David Crane should be applauded for his commitment to carbon reductions, but I disagree with his continuing reliance on coal and carbon capture, a yet-unproven technology to accomplish his carbon reduction goals [“NRG’s business ideas on carbon reduction,” Opinion, Nov, 25]. He acknowledges that a “carbon tax” would be a…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, Citizens Climate Lobby, climate change

November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Climate change: Praise for Gov. Jay Inslee

I am extremely pleased with the leadership Jay Inslee has shown on climate change [“Inslee climate push to go beyond carbon pricing,” Local News, Nov. 17]. We need more elected representatives who have the courage to do what’s right for our state, now and in the future. That said, I would encourage the governor…

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February 24, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Climate change: A carbon tax is the best solution

“Climate change is real,” Lance Dickie said in his excellent recent column [“Climate change: mitigation, adaptation,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. Dealing with climate change may keep regulators busy until we’re cooked. Instead of endlessly debating every coal train and oil pipeline and sustainable energy subsidy, let’s put a carbon tax on the table. A revenue-neutral…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, CO2

December 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Act now to lower emissions and protect our world

Federal carbon tax is the solution

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015.
(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Everyday the media is reporting global warming symptoms (caused by CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels) more and more frequently: drought, fires, floods, ocean acidification, insect pests moving north destroying forests and bringing tropical diseases [“Arctic Ocean leaking methane at alarming rate, researchers say,” Online, Nov. 30].

Perhaps we are complacent in the Northwest. We don’t see the symptoms as so dangerous to us, as if they are manageable. And the cause, the gases, are invisible to us.

But now comes this news from the Arctic. Methane is being released at twice the predicted rate as the permafrost and ice is melting. Methane is the most dangerous of all the greenhouse gases. It’s 30 to 70 times as damaging as CO2. This will profoundly escalate all the problems for our ecosystems.

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: carbon tax, global warming

November 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Carbon tax will help the environment and economy

Social safety net won’t last forever Our nation faces many threats to its future. One of them is climate change [“Can sea life adapt to souring oceans? page one, Nov. 3]. A huge, whopping carbon tax is probably the only feasible way for the government to influence the market and bring about a change in behavior…

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September 14, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Congressional hearing on climate change

Carbon tax is a good solution President Barack Obama wipes sweat from his head during a speech on climate change on June 25, 2013. [AP Photo/Evan Vucci] Boy, do we need some congressional attention to climate change. [“Special report: Sea Change,” seattletimes.com, Sept. 13.] The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is actually holding a…

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