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July 11, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Stop misrepresenting facts and start expanding renewable energy

In her guest column, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers misrepresents the effects on Washington consumers of proposed limits on power plants’ climate emissions [“Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state,” Opinion, July 3]. She also perpetuates a head-in-the-sand approach to the coal burning that produces 14 percent of our electricity and…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: climate change, energy, global warming

July 8, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Level the playing field for alternative energy

U.S. Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she values innovative approaches to energy generation and renewable energy ["Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state," Opinion, July 2]. I agree. For a stronger economy and more jobs, that is exactly what we need. The problem is: Oil, coal and gas fossil-fuel corporations control 82…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: energy, fossil fuels, Louise Stonington

July 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Reduced cost of natural gas delays conversion to renewable energy

Good, America is reducing emissions ["The real energy revolution shrinking carbon dioxide emissions? It’s fracking," Opinion, June 29].  However, burning natural gas is not the answer.  Fracking operations burn excess methane in flares, and methane (a more potent greenhouse gas) is leaked directly into the atmosphere. The reduced cost of natural gas delays our…

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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: climate change, energy, environment

December 10, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Will Congress follow up or fall short on renewable energy

President Obama has initiated the push, now the Senate and House must come together

On Thursday, the president ordered the federal government to almost triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020 [“Obama to feds: Boost renewable power 20 percent,” Online, Dec. 5].

This push by the executive toward a more eco-friendly federal government is one that should be commended and mirrored by Congress. It may seem far-fetched, but if the parties could come together in the U.S. Senate and House and resolve to make key decisions in the fight against global warming we might start to see some progress in Washington, D.C., again. It is the purpose of this article to pose the question: Why can’t an “eco-fed” be a bridge issue between not only the president and Congress but within Congress as well?

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Comments | More in Climate change, Energy, Environment | Topics: energy, environment

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

August 16, 2013 at 7:26 AM

Clothesline conflict in Washington homes

Clotheslines are energy-efficient, quiet My clean clothes hanging in the sunshine in the privacy of my backyard are not “litter, trash and junk.” [“Clothesline crusaders call laundry flap overblown,” page one, Aug. 14.] But look around at all the garage-sale signs that hang on poles for weeks after the event. You don’t need to look in…

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Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: clotheslines, conservation, energy

August 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Power companies threatened by solar energy

Utilities need to move with the times My advice for power companies worried about solar power: get over it, get a new business model, or get out. [“Solar customers costing us, utilities say,” Business, July 31.] Buggy manufacturers had a similar response when automobiles first hit the scene. It is time to join the 21st century. New…

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July 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Proposed dam in Skykomish River

Dam would be costly, damaging The impending July 19 deadline for comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) about a proposed dam on the South Fork of the Skykomish River takes on new urgency in light of the recent expensive disaster — the loss of nearly 200,000 juvenile coho salmon and 2,000 steelhead — associated…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: dam, energy, federal energy regulatory commission

July 15, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Solar power in Washington

It’s the energy wave of the future It’s time for Washington to step up in the U.S. and be an example. In a country depending on oil and coal for energy, we are literally trashing the world to live with electricity. Global-warming increases, polluted waters and smog aren’t worth it, especially when there is a better alternative….

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