Greening Edmonds starts with individuals | Letter

Jul 24, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

The local ecos again cite a spectacle (threatening effects of global warming) and objectives (renewables).

No reference to the pause in warming, no mention of all "costs" of renewables, and heaven forbid, no fully considering the issue of solar and wind dependability.

Meanwhile, Washington state ranks fifth in the nation in crude oil refining capacity as of Jan. 2014.

Motor gasoline, which is produced at all five of the state's refineries, accounts for almost half of Washington's consumption.

Washington state is among the top 10 states in the nation in the consumption of jet fuel, for commercial and military use - U.S. Energy Information Association, 2014 Profile Analysis for Washington state.

So, the transport of oil by rail is going to stop? It’s a "no go?"

To be an Edmonds green, must mean to "move beyond" by SUV to the Red Twig, Walnut Street or Starbucks coffee ["Trench OK, but Bakken Oil is a no go," The Beacon, Letters, page 4, July 17].

Let somebody else, some other day, deal with the realities.


Steven Keeler


Comments (2)
Posted by: Nathaniel R Brown | Jul 24, 2014 16:35

Editor, The Beacon:

The local anti-environmentals again smugly refuse to give us any vision of a cleaner, more sustainable future.

No reference to the successes of renewables, or heaven forbid, the complex array of solar, geo- and wind that are successfully harnessed by those who are reluctant to use, waste, and exploit.  No mention of pollution – or the successes of environmentalists in limiting it, or the growing efficiency and lowering cost of renewable energy.

Meanwhile, while Washington ranks fifth in crude oil refining, no thought of how we might use less oil, be less dependant on foreign oil, or less vulnerable to train wrecks and other spills.  If only Washington could use less motor gasoline on our over-crowded streets and highways!  But oil buffs don’t care.  There is only one way to go forward: more, more, more.

Boeing, Washington’s top producer of airplanes, is constantly searching for ways to achieve greater efficiency.

Oil transport by rail is dangerous.  Necessary, but much in need of being made safer.

To be an Edmonds brown – or perhaps black? – must mean to forge ahead with no regard to the future, or to a clean or quiet environment, or to go by SUV to the same Starbucks where those much-despised environmentally-conscious folks park their fuel-efficient cars (or walk, or bike), and to pollute and exploit away.  Let somebody else, some other day, deal with the clean-up or the development of new energy sources.  Après moi, le délug!!





Posted by: Nathaniel R Brown | Jul 25, 2014 10:45

Derailed oil cars: Addendum, Seattle Times, July 24:


Derailment intensifies concerns over oil transport through state


A few cars in a 102-car train carrying crude oil went off the track beneath the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle on Thursday, but no oil was spilled.


For the entire article, please see the Times website.

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