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July 10, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Energy: Political spin on reduction targets deceiving the public

Roughly 70 percent of the state’s CO2 emissions from power plants come from the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia. It must stop burning coal in 2025 under state legislation. (Steve Ringman / The Times)

After reading U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers guest column “Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state” [Opinion, July 3], I was compelled to research the facts about this issue and contacted the Northwest Clean Air Agency and the state Department of Ecology. At best she is very misinformed. At worst she is deceiving the public.

The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring a 72-percent reduction in the rate of carbon emissions, not a 72-percent reduction in the mass of carbon emissions. And, according to

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July 9, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Energy policy: Don’t hamper underway efforts to combat climate change

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ guest column in the Seattle Times [“Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state,” Opinion, July 2] is a good review of hydropower, but not of climate change. McMorris Rodgers complains that the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules on power plants could “cause Washington families to see higher energy…

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June 23, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Climate change: Better framing and understanding needed to plan mitigation

Four U.S. environmental administrators from the Environmental Protection Agency are “convinced by the overwhelming verdict of scientists that the Earth (is) warming and that we humans (are) the only controllable contributor to this phenomenon,” and “that there is no legitimate debate over man’s contribution” [“Ex-EPA chiefs: Time to act on climate change”, Nation & World,…

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September 25, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Sea change: ocean acidification due to carbon dioxide

Champion a cleaner tomorrow The ocean is dying, but we’re making progress. [“Sea Change,” page one, Sept. 15-17.] The Solomon Sea has already reached levels of acidity that aren’t expected in the rest of the oceans for 80 years, thanks to the copious amounts of carbon pollution streaming from coal plants, among other places. Craig Welch’s piece…

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July 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Government action on climate change

Good news For climate activists, the last few weeks have been exciting. President Obama finally laid out a plan to address climate change. [“Obama rallies faithful ahead of August recess,” seattletimes.com, July 22.] Another bit of good news is the confirmation of Gina McCarthy as the new administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency. As an air-pollution…

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