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July 29, 2014 at 7:03 AM

Victoria sewage: The city is being a bad neighbor

The people of Victoria, B.C., apparently are special ["Victoria’s sewage does not pollute Washington shores," Opinion, July 25]. They get to do what most First World cities do not — discharge raw sewage, in this case into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It never ceases to amaze me that when somebody just doesn’t…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: B.C., environment, Paul Gutowski

July 11, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Water-quality standards: Public has important duty to stay informed

Lynda Mapes gives a thorough assessment of proposed new water-quality thresholds [“Getting tougher on water pollution standards ... but will the water really be cleaner?” Local News, July 7]. Contamination measured in the fish we eat turns out to be the canary in this political coal mine. More fish in our diet contributes unhealthful…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Art James, environment, pollution

July 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

EPA regulations: Cathy McMorris Rodgers has voted lockstep against environmental legislation

A recent Seattle Times editorial stated that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers does not represent the opinions and wishes of the people of Washington state [“Cathy McMorris Rodgers needs to take a stand for Ex-Im Bank,” Opinion, June 24], and this has surely been verified by her guest column in The Seattle Times…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Cheryl Edelman, environment

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

May 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Transportation megaprojects: Road project funding could go to Metro

The billions of dollars we are spending on mega road projects could buy a dramatically expanded public transit system that offered free service to all ["Troubled transportation megaprojects add to political gridlock," Local News, May 6]. That would clear a lot of cars from the road and make all this construction unnecessary. When one…

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: environment, Highway 520, highway 99

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

March 28, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Population growth: Not really a good thing

The tone of the article on King County census data [“King County booming, but some state counties dying off,” FYI Guy, March 27] makes the rapid population growth sound like a good thing.

I suppose that it is better than what places like Detroit have been going through. But growth brings a host of problems with it that our government is doing a poor job of addressing.

The traffic on our roads is bad and getting worse. We are not even properly maintaining the roads we have, much less expanding the public

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Comments | Topics: census data, environment, Gary Maxwell

March 18, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Columbia River Treaty: Don’t stand in the way of cheaper energy

In the column by Lance Dickie [“Weigh all the benefits of the Columbia River Treaty,” Opinion, March 14], there is a reference to U.S. environmental legislation. The environmental causes are costing the U.S. people more than any other costs that are legislated. This in part is the hold on infrastructure improvements. Environmental issues should be…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Columbia River Treaty, environment, Lance Dickie

March 1, 2014 at 8:16 AM

No evidence limiting marine sewage discharge would benefit the environment

The Seattle Times’ recent editorial “No sewage discharge marine zones is good policy” [Opinion, Feb. 28] misses the point. There is no science that demonstrates how this very minimal amount of treated discharge would have any appreciable impact on the environment. What this ban would do is create yet another unnecessary, costly and hard-to-enforce…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Bill Youngsman, environment, Marine sewage discharge

December 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Stop building pipelines for oil and bitumen

We are depleting a finite resource

Whatever the conventionally measured benefits of building more pipelines to distribute a dwindling and more remote amount of oil or bitumen, the costs of continued global warming are colossal [“New high-tech maps detail wildlife habitat in West,” Online, Dec. 13].

Profiting from perhaps a few more decades of depletion of oil and tar sands may not be very advantageous if the global biosphere is wrecked when the anticipated profits are fully counted.

Putting more gas in your car when the biosphere is spiraling downward is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: environment, Oil pipeline

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