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June 7, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Climate change: can’t afford inaction; China and India will continue to pollute

We can’t afford inaction

Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to climate change. which affects weather, including superstorms, droughts and wildfires ["Obama’s coal plan catches up with climate policy in Olympia," Opinion, June 4]. We, in Washington state, are vulnerable to all of these effects. The EPA regulation of power plants is a major effort to address climate change because power plants are among the largest sources of carbon pollution.

Because emissions of carbon dioxide are “free” under current economic systems, they have been dumping unlimited carbon pollution without regard to the costs. Washington is starting to address this issue by shutting down coal burning at the Centralia power plant.

But we cannot address it alone. We also receive coal-generated electricity from Montana, and addressing climate change requires a nationwide control of carbon emissions.

Costs of inaction are not something that Washington can afford. Impacts such as forest fires and acidification of the ocean are already costly, and the snowpack will likely decline to the point that agriculture will be severely affected.

William McPherson, Seattle

China and India will continue to pollute

President Obama’s proposed EPA coal power plant reduction policies are

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Centralia, climate change, coal

June 6, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Obama’s coal-reduction plan: Praise to the president for taking action

Many, many thanks are due to President Obama for having the courage to propose new rules limiting carbon emissions from U.S. power plants [“Obama’s coal plan catches up with climate policy in Olympia,” Opinion, June 4]. When Congress does little or nothing about climate change, at least our president takes action. Emissions from power…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, coal, Mike Shaw

May 18, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Climate change: Inslee is leading by an example that Republicans should follow

The Seattle Times recently published a story on how U.S. Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., was upset that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee passed an executive order to lessen greenhouse gas emissions [“Montana lawmaker criticizes Washington’s coal-power plan,” Local News, May 12]. This would hurt Montana and Wyoming’s economy because 13 percent of Washington’s energy…

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

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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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, CO2, coal

December 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Build export terminals, but not for coal

I spent 40 years in the maritime industry. I worked in San Francisco, Oakland, Portland and Seattle for a steamship company. I spent eight years working for a stevedoring company in Seattle. And I worked for 20 years as a maritime consultant and expert witness. I also served as chairman of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber…

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Comments | More in Coal terminal | Topics: coal, Seattle

November 25, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Bury nuclear waste in Montana and North Dakota coal mines

A modest win-win proposal

Brian M. Rosenthal’s report about former Attorney General Rob McKenna’s lobbying gig on behalf of Montana and North Dakota coal interests raises several issues [On behalf of North Dakota and Montana, McKenna calls Washington coal study unconstitutional,” Online, Nov. 21].

It’s a modest win-win proposal that might help the coal dust, acid rain and diesel particulates go down a little easier on the Washington state end of the business and help avoid infringing on the rights of Montana and North Dakota citizens to mine and move their coal.

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: coal, environment, Hanford

September 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Sea Change

Quit coal Bravo for your excellent series on the causes and costs of ocean acidification. [“Sea Change,” page one, Sept. 15-17.] It is a tragedy of unimaginable scope. The carbon dioxide responsible for this disaster is created by transportation and power plants that use fossil fuels. Coal is the dirtiest of those fuels. Why then is Puget…

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Comments | More in Economy, Environment | Topics: acidification, carbon dioxide, coal

September 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Ignore promises of jobs for coal, crude oil exports

Widespread damage will result Proponents of inundating Washington with coal and crude-oil exports are currently spending tens of millions of dollars on a sophisticated public-relations offensive, promising jobs and environmental protection. Please take that message with a grain of salt. Realize it was crafted by a skilled advertising agency to manipulate you into believing there may be…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: coal, crude oil, environment

August 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Coal exports in Washington

Beating the weather Leading up to the Seattle mayoral elections, we find yet another discrediting article on Mike McGinn. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.] Still unexamined is how the 18 coal trains each day will keep rolling along during the routine track closures from seasonal mudslides between Seattle and Everett. Maybe the…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: climate change, coal, coal terminal

July 11, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Fossil fuels and global warming

China will get its coal somewhere The letters that I read in The Times bearing on the subject of coal trains advance the proposition that not exporting coal to China will have a positive effect on stemming global warming. [“Northwest Voices: Coal terminals and air pollution,” Opinion, July 10.] This is naive. If the United States…

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Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Politics | Topics: biocarbon, carbon, carbon tax

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