Lynda Mapes gives a thorough assessment of proposed new water-quality thresholds [“Getting tougher on water pollution standards … but will the water really be cleaner?” Local News, July 7]. Contamination measured in the fish we eat turns out to be the canary in this political coal mine. More fish in our diet contributes unhealthful…More
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The noise is annoying, the emitted pollution is even worse
Leaf blowers have been a concern of mine for quite some time. Yes, the noise is very annoying, but the amount of greenhouse gases they emit is truly staggering [“Noisy leaf blowers get a hearing,” NWFriday, Nov. 22].
Here is a quote from edmunds.com, which ran a comprehensive test on one of the biggest pickup trucks available today and a leaf blower
“The two-stroke leaf blower was worse still, generating 23 times the CO and nearly 300 times more non-methane hydrocarbons than the crew cab pickup. Let’s put that in perspective. To equal the hydrocarbon emissions of about a half hour of yard work with this two-stroke leaf blower, you’d have to drive a Ford F-150 SVT Raptor for 3,887 miles, or the distance from Northern Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.”
Small boats not at fault Peter Goldmark’s highlighting of sewage discharge from recreational boats in Puget Sound misses the mark. [“Guest column: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget Sound,” Opinion, Sept. 18.] There is almost no place in Puget Sound that is the required three miles from shore to allow any such discharge…More
Lummi letter is admirable The Lummi’s July 30 letter to the Army Corps of Engineers voicing their “unconditional and unequivocal” opposition to the Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point is significant and laudable. [“State plans sweeping review of coal port,” page one, Aug. 1.] The tribe’s opposition has a strong legal basis to stop…More
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…More
It’s the energy wave of the future It’s time for Washington to step up in the U.S. and be an example. In a country depending on oil and coal for energy, we are literally trashing the world to live with electricity. Global-warming increases, polluted waters and smog aren’t worth it, especially when there is a better alternative….More
Pollution should be main focus of debate With all the talk of long waits at crossings and jobs that will be produced with coal terminals, I find it amazing that no one addresses the elephant in the room. [“Coal, jobs and climate change the debate,” Business, July 7.] By shipping tons of coal to China so…More
Republicans ignore environmental problems The report in Sunday’s paper [“How Your U.S. Lawmaker Voted,” NW Sunday, June 30] shows what little regard most Republican politicians have for our environment, ignoring the lessons from the BP Amoco PLC oil spill and voting for almost anything that profits the oil and gas industries. They will be reaping profits while…More
Carbon emissions must be considered My faith in The Seattle Times’ editorial balance has been boosted with Lance Dickie’s column on the Army Corps of Engineer’s review of the proposed coal export and mile-long trains through Western Washington. [“Corps should broaden coal review,” Opinion, June 21.] Disruption of our cities and coal dust littered along side…More
Coal is only the beginning It is becoming more obvious to me by the day that coal is just the gateway commodity to justify an export terminal at Cherry Point [“Sierra Club sues BNSF over coal dust from trains,” seattletimes.com, June 5]. Once they start with coal, it will only be a matter of time before…More