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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

September 22, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Climate Change: All candidates for public office need to work on global warming

Thank you for your coverage of the People’s Climate March in New York, as well as the thousands of rallies held around the world ["Worldwide rallies call for action now on climate change," Nation & World, Sept. 21]. People from all parts of the country and around the world are seeing the effects…

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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Citizens Climate Lobby, climate change, Fran Koehler

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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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: climate change, energy, global warming

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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Comments | More in Energy | Topics: climate change, environmental protection agency, global warming

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

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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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: climate change, environmental protection agency, global warming

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

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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Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: China, climate change, CO2

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

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