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May 9, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Climate change: Fracking domestically has a big environmental impact

Steaming water, discharged from a coal-to-gas plant in Inner Mongolia, spreads out over the landscape. (Courtesy of Zhu Ye / Special to The Seattle Times)

I am writing in response to the article in The Times “China’s coal plants guzzle scarce water” [News, May 4]. The article states, “When operating at full capacity, the Datang International plant will require more than 7 billion gallons of water each year.” Any outrage expressed by our country toward China for this water waste is drastically misplaced.

Our country’s own fracking industry dwarfs China in water usage. Fracking, as many know, is


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May 9, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Climate change: We have very important questions to ask ourselves

Thanks so much to The Seattle Times for its series this week on climate change [“Losing ground: The struggle to reduce CO2,” News, May 3]. This subject years ago moved from a hypothesis to a valid scientific theory, driven by facts and data. We, the human race, now find ourselves faced with some very…


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May 7, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Climate change: Weaning ourselves off fossil fuel is the only solution

Despite the United State’s avowed desire to reduce CO2 emissions, we are both an enabler of ourselves, and especially China. [“China’s coal solution has carbon downside across globe,” News, May 4]. Despite the rhetoric, we are already a net exporter of petroleum, and aspire to be major exporters of liquefied natural gas and coal….


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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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September 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Sea Change

One solution LEFT: One of the plates taken from the control site away from the CO2 vents off of Normanby Island, a healthy reef. The baby corals and coralline algae on the tile provide a glimpse of the next-generation reef.RIGHT: Algae and seaweed crowd out reef growth. The more corrosive water mirrors what’s expected throughout the…


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