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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

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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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: cap and trade, carbon tax, climate change

November 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Climate change: U.S. is easing its guilt with $3B pledge

The United States is pledging $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help developing countries adjust to climate change [“U.S. pledges $3B to help poor nations with climate change,” Nation & World, Nov. 14]. Imagine this wave of fortune for countries like Bangladesh with 156 million people who are already suffering in poverty, stricken…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: accountability, climate change, global warming

November 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Tom Steyer’s money: It’s not so clean

I find the fact that Tom Steyer can contribute nearly $1.5 million to Democratic causes in Washington state [“Debate climate policy in the open,” Opinion, Oct. 29] as an environmentalist from out of state absurd given the fact that he made the bulk of his fortune, and continues to collect millions of dollars,…

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Comments | More in Climate change, Election | Topics: Barry Savage, climate change, Democrats

October 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Climate change: Finally time to recognize the threat it poses

The Pentagon now says that climate change poses an immediate security threat, increasing risks from terrorism, infectious disease, poverty, and hunger [“U.S.: Climate change poses security threat,” Nation & World, Oct. 3]. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns that “droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Chuck Hagel, climate change, Davis Oldham

October 8, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Coal exports: Economic benefits don’t outweigh environmental impact

Shoichi Itoh’s guest column in The Seattle Times was interesting, but only lightly touched, if that, on some very important points [“The importance of Asia in the coal-export debate,” Opinion, Oct. 6]. First, U.S. investment firms are recommending against investing in companies that export coal. China is moving much more aggressively than the U.S….

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

September 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Conversation starter: Responses from readers on what to ask state candidates

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Last week, The Seattle Times editorial board published its own questions for candidates before the November election. Northwest Voices readers were asked to submit their own questions and issues that need addressing by politicians.

Here are selected submissions:

How do you plan to solve the problem of money in politics?

Spending during elections has skyrocketed ever since the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision. A few wealthy individuals and corporations use money to amplify their speech, drowning out ordinary Americans. In our democracy, the size of your wallet should not determine the strength of your voice. This issue is important to the vast majority of Americans, both conservative and liberal.

There is a national solution to this problem (a constitutional amendment), but there are numerous measures that can be taken on the state and local level to help solve this problem. For example, cities and counties can have small donor incentive programs for local elections. We should ask our candidates what they would do if elected to help solve the problem of big money in politics, so that in the future, elections are more fair and representative of the people.

Faith Deis, Seattle

What will you do about climate change?

It is the most dire issue facing us today and we are running out of time to act. No political leader — local, state or federal — should be given a pass on this urgent question. And as Paul Krugman makes clear, we need informed candidates who understand not only the science but the economics of climate change.

Our state is already paying the price in human suffering, and financially through the destruction of shellfish due to ocean acidification, wildfires and landslides, loss of snow pack, and more. Whether with a carbon tax, stopping coal and oil trains or funding mass transit, state and local candidates have a job to do.

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Comments | More in Conversation starter, Election | Topics: 2014, Citizens United, climate change

September 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Climate change: Modify models when new data come along

Former University of Washington scientists found that “An average coastal temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius since 1900 along the West Coast” was not mostly caused by human activity [“Study says natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming,” Local News, Sept. 22]. Researcher Jim Johnstone concluded, “The winds have changed in a manner that…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, global warming, Steven Adler

September 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Campaign finance: How to stop disproportionate influence from out-of-state donors

California billionaire Tom Steyer’s $1 million donation is another disconcerting example of how much money there is in our elections [“California billionaire Tom Steyer drops $1 million on WA elections,” Politics Northwest, Sept. 22]. As reporter Jim Brunner points out, while Democrats receive large donations from an out-of-state climate activist, Republicans get large…

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Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: campaign finance, Citizens United, climate change

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