I noticed that the senators from Washington voted against the Keystone pipeline [“TransCanada takes steps to acquire Keystone pipeline land,” Nation & World, Jan. 20]. Around a half-century ago, natural-gas pipelines began bringing natural gas to the Northwest from Western states and Canada. Today, about half of our natural gas comes to the Northwest…More
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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…More
The U.S. should not allow our oil to be exported to other countries [“Want lower gas prices? Export more U.S. oil, study says,” Nation & World, Sept. 9]. We don’t have enough oil for our own needs. We have to buy more than $300 billion of oil a year from abroad, half from Organization…More
Thanks to the article by Angel Gonzalez, “Why fracking boom isn’t driving down Seattle gas prices” [Local News, Aug. 24]. One of the many important take-aways is gas prices are not going down even if rail shipments of Bakken oil through the Northwest increase dramatically. The reporter got it right with “oil industry chips…More
Thanks to The Seattle Times for the article on clean coal [“Promise of a ‘clean coal’ future far from reality,” Local News, Aug. 17]. Once again, though, this article reinforces just how much of a myth clean coal is.
Coal harms the environment and climate from the very start: It produces toxic waste and dust when it’s mined; it sheds harmful coal dust when it’s transported by rail; and when burned it’s one of the dirtiest energy sources thatMore
Nice to read that the chief executive of Harley Marine Services, who stands to make a fair amount of money from oil trains, is in favor of them [“The economy needs oil trains,” Opinion, July 10]. Taking Harley Franco’s money gain out of this equation, let’s look at a few other facts: First, the oil…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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?