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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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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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May 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Energy exports: Why not conserve resources for domestic consumption?

The Seattle Times article “Economists support more oil, natural-gas exports” [Business/Technology, April 29] led me to question the rationale of these economists when they advocate the export of raw natural resources on the basis of “help(ing) the economy, even if it meant higher fuel prices for consumers.” I see that relatively few individuals and corporations would…


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