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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…

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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 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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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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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 9, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Climate change: We have very important questions to ask ourselves

Thanks so much to The Seattle Times for its series this week on climate change [“Losing ground: The struggle to reduce CO2,” News, May 3]. This subject years ago moved from a hypothesis to a valid scientific theory, driven by facts and data. We, the human race, now find ourselves faced with some very…

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May 2, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Climate change: Don’t blur science and science policy

Michael Osbun / Op Art

It’s understandable why The Seattle Times published guest columnist Patrick Allitt’s piece about how we shouldn’t panic about climate change [“The rhetoric of catastrophe around climate change,” Opinion, April 27].

Allitt makes a seemingly levelheaded argument that science has pushed the panic button before about environmental and health issues, so here we go again — climate change is just another panic. Unfortunately, Allitt’s argument reflects

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March 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Oso mudslide: Echos around the world to come from climate change

When the mountain crashed down on Oso, horror and disbelief gave way to an all-out rescue effort [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 31]. There is a global message from this local tragedy: Despite warnings and documentation of the danger, homes were built and lives lived in…

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December 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Act now to lower emissions and protect our world

Federal carbon tax is the solution

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015.
(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Everyday the media is reporting global warming symptoms (caused by CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels) more and more frequently: drought, fires, floods, ocean acidification, insect pests moving north destroying forests and bringing tropical diseases [“Arctic Ocean leaking methane at alarming rate, researchers say,” Online, Nov. 30].

Perhaps we are complacent in the Northwest. We don’t see the symptoms as so dangerous to us, as if they are manageable. And the cause, the gases, are invisible to us.

But now comes this news from the Arctic. Methane is being released at twice the predicted rate as the permafrost and ice is melting. Methane is the most dangerous of all the greenhouse gases. It’s 30 to 70 times as damaging as CO2. This will profoundly escalate all the problems for our ecosystems.

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September 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Sea Change

Commendation The Seattle Times is to be commended for its series on sea change. [“Sea Change,” page one, Sept. 15-17.] Far too few citizens and world leaders are aware of the disastrous effects of climate change and ocean acidification on our planet. Only by recognizing what is happening and taking necessary, corrective actions can we reverse these…

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