Letters to the Editor

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Tag: EPA

June
24th

EMISSIONS: Revenue-neutral carbon fee needed

The Supreme Court has again upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (TNT, 6-24). These regulations will help curb the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but they are not enough.

We need to send a price signal that is felt around the world to combat global warming. A tax on carbon, most recently proposed by Hank Paulsen, Republican treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, would be a conservative solution.

Instead of using subsidies or regulations, market forces would work as a simple machine to move us away from fossil fuels. The higher

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June
10th

ENERGY: State can lead the way to a low-carbon future

Recently, climate change has taken center stage in the national political debate. With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, Washington is poised to lead the country to a low-carbon future.

Washington has been a clean energy pioneer, and we are building on our hydropower legacy and leveraging our strong wind resource to continue the clean power trend. More than 1,600 wind turbines dot our landscape, supplying enough clean, affordable power for more than 645,000 homes and avoiding more than 3.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to taking 740,000 cars

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Sep.
19th

SALMON: Bristol Bay battle is far from over

I was happy to hear news of mining giant Anglo American’s plans to throw in in the towel and depart the Pebble Limited Partnership. I have spent many years commercial fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and I can say without doubt that the Pebble mine would be nothing but bad news for the Bristol Bay fishing industry.

Unfortunately, the fight to protect Bristol Bay’s $1.5 billion per year salmon fishery is far from over. At the same time Anglo American announced its departure, the remaining principal (Northern Dynasty Minerals) made clear that it intends to continue with the permitting

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May
7th

SALMON: Alaska mine would hurt fish runs

I was excited to see The News Tribune cover the updates on the national debate over the Pebble Mine development in Bristol Bay, Alaska (thenewstribune.com, 4-26).

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency’s updated watershed assessment confirmed that the proposed large-scale mine is completely incompatible with the most abundant salmon fishery on Earth. The toxic Pebble project will destroy Lake Iliamna, the largest undeveloped lake in America. Leaching toxic wastes into Bristol Bay’s watersheds, this project will poison the viable habitat into perpetuity.

The EPA’s report found limitless science to prove this is the wrong place for a mine. The most

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July
10th

COAL: Plenty of benefits to coal production

Local “greens” echo there is no benefit to Tacoma from coal trains passing through. Last year, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced coal lease sales in Wyoming that could generate up to $21 billion in bid and royalty revenue.

The Powder River Basin (PRB) in eastern Wyoming and Montana contains the largest source of low-cost, concentrated, quality energy on this planet. The PRB has over 200 billion tons of coal. This basin is prized for “clean” coal, according to the Wyoming State Geological Survey, among others.

Taxes and royalties (federal and local) paid by PRB coal producers in 2008 totaled over

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Jan.
6th

OIL: Proposed pipeline poses too much danger

Re: “Build pipeline and create jobs” (TNT, 1-4).

The reprinted Milwaukee Journal editorial neglected to mention that Paul Elliott, TransCanada’s chief lobbyist in D.C., was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s former campaign national deputy director.

And since when can a foreign country send threatening letters about eminent domain to American ranchers to scare them to sell their right-of-way easement rights?

Was it mentioned that the KXL oil will be sold on global markets? Did it relate that the Ogallala aquifier is the largest underground water reservoir on earth, supplying drinking water and irrigation to eight states?

Are we prepared

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Nov.
8th

SMELTER: Cleanups don’t cut cancer risk by much

Re: “State to cast wide net for Asarco smelter pollution” (TNT, 11-8).

First, the good news. Healthy living – including good nutrition and physical activity – greatly reduces your risk of cancer as well as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and obesity. A community with a good park system and complete streets allows you to have activity almost right out your door.

Living in a sustainable community and getting your exercise and eating right also greatly reduces the cost to our medical systems. If you get a cancer, recovery chances have greatly improved.

Now, the not-so-good news. Cancer has

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April
18th

CLIMATE: Republicans believe in real science

Re: “Many Republicans appear to reject science” (letter, 4-16).

I can assure the letter writer that Republicans believe in all kinds of science (astronomy, physics, computer, math, geology etc.). But the idealogical, political and financially driven junk science of climate change is a bit much to swallow. And forgive the GOP and the rest of common sense America if we’re not totally convinced that human life evolved out of nothing.

The more precarious their “scientific” position becomes over time, the more strident they react. Skeptics are denounced as “deniers,” “extremists,” “flat earth people,” etc. If the science were settled, they

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