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February 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Transportation package needs to tackle climate change

Work continues on the Highway 520 bridge, looking westbound toward Seattle from Medina in December. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

I agree with the editorial suggesting that ideology shouldn’t trump sound transportation policy [“Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal,” Opinion, Feb. 15]. A gridlocked Legislature serves no one.

The Senate Transportation Committee’s bipartisan package is an encouraging sign of what might be possible. But the package doesn’t clear the high bar of objectivity The Times calls for. Not when it would hold transit funding hostage if Gov. Jay Inslee uses his

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Comments | More in Transportation | Topics: climate change, global warming, Gov. Jay Inslee

January 16, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Climate change: Don’t react to oil prices by selling electric cars

Regarding the article “Will drivers keep plugging in to electric cars as gas prices fall?” [Local News, Jan. 6]: In this economy, Herman Brigg’s desire to save money by giving up his electric car is understandable, but also extremely shortsighted. Such action will be bad for both his finances and the environment. Oil companies…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, electric cars

January 13, 2015 at 5:52 PM

Fighting climate change: A common-sense idea

Finally, a common-sense approach to climate change that everyone can understand, and should support [“A bipartisan approach to climate action,” Opinion, Jan 8]. Correcting climate change will not happen in our capitalistic society unless it can be made profitable — this is a start in that direction. Just as with all of our infrastructure…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, economics, Eddie Wilson

January 12, 2015 at 6:07 AM

Climate change: Get going on public-private solutions

Finally, a common sense approach to climate change that everyone can understand, and should support [“A bipartisan approach to climate action”, Opinion, Jan 8]. Correcting climate change will not happen in our capitalistic society unless it can be made profitable. This is a start in that direction. Just as with all of our infrastructure systems…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, economics, Eddie Wilson

December 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The benefit of a carbon-neutral plan

We’re fortunate to have an activist governor on climate change, so I hate to quibble. But as The Seattle Times suggests in a recent editorial, “A revenue-neutral approach — one that would mitigate consumer’s costs of a carbon tax — would be both less financially risky and more politically viable in the divided Legislature,” than…

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Comments | More in Budget, Climate change | Topics: carbon tax, climate change, global warming

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…

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

November 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Climate change: Praise for Gov. Jay Inslee

I am extremely pleased with the leadership Jay Inslee has shown on climate change [“Inslee climate push to go beyond carbon pricing,” Local News, Nov. 17]. We need more elected representatives who have the courage to do what’s right for our state, now and in the future. That said, I would encourage the governor…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: cap and trade, carbon tax, climate change

November 17, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Climate change: U.S. is easing its guilt with $3B pledge

The United States is pledging $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help developing countries adjust to climate change [“U.S. pledges $3B to help poor nations with climate change,” Nation & World, Nov. 14]. Imagine this wave of fortune for countries like Bangladesh with 156 million people who are already suffering in poverty, stricken…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: accountability, climate change, global warming

October 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Climate change: Finally time to recognize the threat it poses

The Pentagon now says that climate change poses an immediate security threat, increasing risks from terrorism, infectious disease, poverty, and hunger [“U.S.: Climate change poses security threat,” Nation & World, Oct. 3]. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns that “droughts and crop failures can leave millions of people without any lifeline, and trigger waves of…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Chuck Hagel, climate change, Davis Oldham

September 26, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Climate change: Modify models when new data come along

Former University of Washington scientists found that “An average coastal temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius since 1900 along the West Coast” was not mostly caused by human activity [“Study says natural factors, not humans, behind West Coast warming,” Local News, Sept. 22]. Researcher Jim Johnstone concluded, “The winds have changed in a manner that…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, global warming, Steven Adler

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