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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?


0 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…


0 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…


0 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…


0 Comments | More in Business, Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: business, electric, energy

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…


0 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….


0 Comments | More in Environment | Topics: energy, pollution, solar power

July 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Climate change and energy sources

Natural gas could be a solution There can be no denying that human-caused global warming is taking place. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible. [“Methane risk,” Business, July 7.] The question remains: What is the best way to ameliorate this problem? Obviously, the warming threat should motivate countries throughout the world to adopt sustainable forms of power generation…


0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: energy, environment, fossil fuels

June 22, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Coal is bad for families The indifference of the Army Corps of Engineers to the continued destructive global and regional effects resulting form the mining, shipping and burning of coal is also gross indifference to the health of children everywhere. [“Corps review won’t weigh impact of coal beyond NW,” NW Wednesday, June 19.] As they grow,…


0 Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, coal, coal train

June 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Coal impact will be measured in Pacific Northwest alone

Army Corps decision irresponsible I am writing to express my deep concern and outrage that the Army Corps of Engineers has chosen to ignore the multitude of individuals and state agencies that have requested a cumulative analysis of the coal-export proposal. [“Corps review won’t weigh impact of coal beyond NW,” NW Wednesday, June 19.] A broad,…


0 Comments | Topics: coal, coal train, coal use

May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Plan would strive to make Seattle carbon neutral by 2050

Seattle should be carbon neutral by 2020 I applaud city leaders for promoting a carbon-neutral plan for Seattle by 2050 [“Seattle plan would make city carbon neutral by 2050,” NWMonday, May 6]. Nevertheless, 2050 is far too distant a target. Most of the council will be dead by then, so it’s really an empty promise to…


0 Comments | More in Energy, Environment | Topics: carbon neutral, energy, energy-efficient