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February 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Keystone XL pipeline: A boon to the Northwest

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…


Comments | More in Energy | Topics: energy, Keystone XL, natural gas

November 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Climate change: Carbon tax is the best solution

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…


Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, Citizens Climate Lobby, climate change

September 15, 2014 at 6:16 AM

Oil exports: Looks for a long-term solution in electric vehicles

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…


Comments | More in Electric vehicles, Energy | Topics: electric cars, energy, iraq

August 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Clean coal: Invest instead in solar energy

Earth-moving machines push coal to an intake area, where it is then moved to the units inside the Ameren coal-burning power plant in Meredosia, Ill. (J.B. FORBES / St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2010)

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 that


Comments | More in Energy | Topics: clean coal, climate change, energy

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…


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…


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…


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?


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

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