Follow us:

Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Topic: climate change

You are viewing the most recent posts on this topic.

April 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

EPA: More change might be needed, but don’t overlook what’s been done

M. Ryder / Op Art

The guest column in The Seattle Times charging that the EPA has failed in its duty to protect public health and the environment brings the EPA’s dilemma front and center [“How the EPA has failed its duty,” Opinion, April 12].

The EPA is attacked from the right by Republicans, as being a rogue agency attempting to over regulate, and from the left for being in the pocket of business, consistently doing its bidding.

The EPA’s principal charge is to protect America’s public health and environment, and to do so by balancing other social concerns such as economic prosperity. This is a hard, complex job. When the agency

More

0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: climate change, EPA, William D. Ruckelshaus

April 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Congress: We need to do a better job of self-governance

Syndicated columnist Ann McFeatters is angry with Congress, and she should be [“From Oso mudslide to climate change, our leaders have failed us,” Opinion, April 4]. We have every right to expect our government to act responsibly and look out for our welfare. But the most important point she made was buried at the…

More

0 Comments | More in Congress | Topics: Ann McFeatters, climate change, Emilia Jones

March 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Oso mudslide: Echos around the world to come from climate change

When the mountain crashed down on Oso, horror and disbelief gave way to an all-out rescue effort [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 31]. There is a global message from this local tragedy: Despite warnings and documentation of the danger, homes were built and lives lived in…

More

0 Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: climate change, global warming, mudslide

February 26, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Fight climate change to help those in poverty around the world

One point is often missing from arguments for fighting climate change: Reducing carbon emissions is one of the simplest ways that people in Seattle, and throughout the U.S., can help people living in poverty around the world [“Climate change: mitigation, adaptation,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. Greenhouse gases emitted here don’t stay here, they contribute to…

More

0 Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Ben Conway, climate change, poverty

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…

More

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

January 31, 2014 at 6:22 PM

State of the Union: Climate change, Ukraine important parts of speech

How climate change could have factored more prominently It was heartening to hear the president of the United States declare forcefully that climate change is real and a pressing moral responsibility [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28]. It was encouraging to hear him advocate an end to oil company subsidies, greater…

More

0 Comments | More in State of the Union | Topics: climate change, Davis Oldham, Joseph Grant

January 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The difference between ozone and climate change crises

Ann McFeatters incorrectly attributes blame for the real and devastating effects of climate change to “depleting the Earth’s delicate ozone layer,” a separate global crisis [“Listen up, America; climate change is real,” Opinion, Jan. 11]. Climate change is caused by the build-up of carbon pollution in our atmosphere from fossil fuels. The hole in…

More

0 Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Ann McFeatters, climate change, Ozone

December 19, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Implement meaningful climate legislation

Politicians, glaciers, and the tortoise and the hare

As The Times reminded us last week, the gradual disappearance of Arctic sea ice is being driven by anthropogenic climate change, which is also contributing to the increased likelihood of wildfires and a host of devastating effects linked to climate change [“Report links extreme weather, melting of Arctic sea,” News, Dec. 13].

Meanwhile, back home in Washington, it seems as if glaciers are moving faster than our politicians as our state’s climate panel led by Gov. Jay Inslee has been unable to progress on implementing climate policy. The process to develop legislation to deal with climate change, which began five years ago, has come to a deadlock as Republicans refuse to take on policy citing cilmate change’s potential impacts on the economy.

More

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

December 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Typhoon Haiyan presents the need for a carbon fee

Future generations require our action now

Debris still litters the coastal township of Basey Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, nearly three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan lashed Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Debris still litters the coastal township of Basey Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, nearly three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan lashed Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The guest column by Gillen D’Arcy Wood should be a wake-up call for all [“Typhoon Haiyan recalls past global cataclysm,” Opinion, Dec. 1].

The impact of superstorms like Typhoon Haiyan, attributed to warming ocean waters, are a harbinger of the likely future impacts of climate change on a global scale. The frequency of storm-related disasters linked to a warming planet are now irrefutable and are becoming the new normal as a way of life. Echoing the column, “The Haiyan challenge is far greater: to make a stand for humanity’s future on a livable planet.”

More

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

November 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Humans at fault for typhoon in the Philippines

It is necessary to cut carbon pollution If I read once more that it’s impossible to attribute single weather events to climate change following a natural disaster of unprecedented scale, I may scream (or cry) [“Experts: Humans also to blame for tragedy,” News, Nov. 12]. This article actually did better than most in discussing the role…

More

0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: climate change, environment

Next Page »