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Tag: climate change


CLIMATE: Take action on carbon pricing

As a president of a Boys & Girls Club board, I am increasingly concerned that my generation is taking insufficient action to address our warming climate. Early action is required if we are to avoid a poor legacy to our kids.

Washington is at the forefront of technological and business innovation. I urge state Rep. Pat Sullivan to fight to sustain our leadership in the 21st century economy by supporting the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act.

Pricing carbon and aligning our economy toward clean energy will build a broadly shared, sustainable economic prosperity that will power us forward in the years to

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ENVIRONMENT: Inhofe reflects broken process

Re: “A snowball’s chance” (Off the wire, 3-3).

I welcomed The Washington Post piece criticizing Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and his latest circus act. The editorial, however, did not go far enough.

Inhofe is an anti-environment ideologue, and his presence as chair of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee renders impotent what should be a role of vital importance. That it is even possible, in these times, for this man to hold such a position reveals the depth of irrelevancy to which the 114th U.S. Congress has sunk.

The debate about whether global warming is real and fueled by humans

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CLIMATE: We could be in for a cooling trend

I believe in climate change, it’s been happening since the beginning. I also believe in clean air and water. What I don’t think is settled is how much effect man has on the climate.

We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24, and today the sun is virtually spotless. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009, which included more spotless days on the sun compared to any minimum in almost a century.

If history is a guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a

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CLIMATE: Why rely on snowpack?

Here’s something to think about. If one foot of snow roughly equals 10 inches of rain, depending on the temperature, why don’t we start thinking about large-scale collection of rainwater?

Those storms are not likely to disappear with climate change. I’m sure that it’s a more complex task than one might think, and will likely involve the creation of reservoirs over the objection of environmentalists. But if climate change really is beginning to occur, maybe we should start making plans to protect our water supply. We all know that it never stops raining around here.


CLIMATE: Carbon tax is working in B.C.

I’m glad President Obama recognizes that there is no Planet B after we succeed in destroying this one. British Columbia enacted a carbon tax in 2008. Since then its GDP has increased, its unemployment is slightly below the Canadian national average and fuel consumption per head has dropped by 4.5 percent.

Its successful carbon tax is based on revenue neutrality (no net tax increase), phased implementation, protection for families and broad coverage.

The Koch Industries leases 1.1 million acres in Canada’s oil sand regions of Alberta. A think tank study found that approval of the Keystone pipeline could generate $100 billion in profits

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CLIMATE: Evidence says things are heating up

Re: “GOP stays stubborn about climate change” (Eugene Robinson column, 1-20).

Robinson’s figures may not be precisely correct. But his premise, based on hard-to-refute scientific evidence, is. Consider fairly recent data.

• Since 1980, the average temperature of the Earth has risen more than a full degree from what it was then. And the last 10 years have been some of the hottest on record.

•  In January 1980, isea ice covered 15.5 million square kilometers. Today, January levels have shrunk to 13.75 million kilometers.

•  Approximately 650,000 years ago, carbon dioxide levels were at 225 ppm. Currently, they’re at 400 ppm.

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CLIMATE: Politics outweigh facts for columnist

Re: “GOP stays stubborn about climate change” (Eugene Robinson column, 1-21).

About all anyone needs to know about climate change hysteria can be found in Robinson’s column. He writes, “We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history.”

Huh. If you actually read the source paper providing data for NASA’s press release on which Robinson relies, its Columbia University authors say: “The three warmest years in the GISS temperature analysis, 2014, 2010, and 2005 in that order, can be considered to be in a statistical tie because of several sources of uncertainty, the largest source being incomplete spatial

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CLIMATE: What’s missing in Olympia

Huffington Post, one of the Internet’s leading purveyor of news and opinion, reported on Dec. 9 that Peru just pledged its commitment to a Climate Change Gender Action Plan (“ccGAP”), making it the first country in South America to integrate gender into its national climate policy.

This remarkable announcement occurred on Gender Day at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP).

Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee, seeking to be a leader on climate change action, successfully worked to pass Senate Bill 5802 during thes 2013 legislative session. That bill created the Climate Legislative and Executive Workshop (CLEW).

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