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February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Transportation package needs to tackle climate change

Work continues on the Highway 520 bridge, looking westbound toward Seattle from Medina in December. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I agree with the editorial suggesting that ideology shouldn’t trump sound transportation policy [“Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal,” Opinion, Feb. 15]. A gridlocked Legislature serves no one.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s bipartisan package is an encouraging sign of what might be possible. But the package doesn’t clear the high bar of objectivity The Times calls for. Not when it would hold transit funding hostage if Gov. Jay Inslee uses his

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: climate change, global warming, Gov. Jay Inslee

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

January 13, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Fighting climate change: A common-sense idea

Finally, a common-sense approach to climate change that everyone can understand, and should support [“A bipartisan approach to climate action,” Opinion, Jan 8]. Correcting climate change will not happen in our capitalistic society unless it can be made profitable — this is a start in that direction. Just as with all of our infrastructure…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, economics, Eddie Wilson

January 12, 2015 at 4:31 PM

Climate plan: Legislature must act, or we’re coming for them

Young people are desperate to see meaningful action on climate change. However, the fossil-fuel industry has lobbied to block action at the federal level, so action falls to the state. Fortunately, the governor has proposed a powerful cap-and-trade proposal [“Inslee seeks tax rebate for low-income families,” Local News, Jan. 1]. The plan is pretty…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Alex Lenferna, climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee

January 12, 2015 at 6:07 AM

Climate change: Get going on public-private solutions

Finally, a common sense approach to climate change that everyone can understand, and should support [“A bipartisan approach to climate action”, Opinion, Jan 8]. Correcting climate change will not happen in our capitalistic society unless it can be made profitable. This is a start in that direction. Just as with all of our infrastructure systems…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, economics, Eddie Wilson

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 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM

The governor needs to get to work on other issues beside climate change

Columnist Robert J. Vickers surprise at Gov. Jay Inslee’s lack of leadership on key state issues cannot be described as either absentee nor strategist [“Is Gov. Jay Inslee an absentee governor or a patient strategist?,” Opinion, Nov. 24]. Inslee has no grasp of any problems facing this state as was clearly shown during…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee, Jeff B. Robinson

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